May 20th, 2008
12:40 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama to fire back at McCain on CNN

 Barack Obama will be on the Situation Room tonight.

Barack Obama will be on the Situation Room tonight.

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama will respond to a tough new foreign policy criticism from John McCain in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in The Situation Room.

This week, the presumptive Republican nominee has taken aim at Obama over his willingness to consider dialogue with nations hostile to the United States.

At a Tuesday campaign event in Miami, McCain attacked Obama’s position in favor of a possible relaxation of the Cuban embargo policy.

"These steps would send the worst possible signal to Cuba's dictators - there is no need to undertake fundamental reforms, they can simply wait for a unilateral change in US policy. I believe we should give hope to the Cuban people, not to the Castro regime,” said McCain. “My administration will press the Cuban government. The embargo must stay in place until these basic elements of democratic society are met."

In Chicago Monday, McCain criticized Obama for saying Iran did not pose the same threat to the United States as the former Soviet Union had.

“Obviously Iran isn’t a superpower and doesn’t possess the military power the Soviet Union had, but that does not mean that the threat posed by Iran is insignificant,” said the Arizona senator.

Watch Obama respond at 4 p.m. on CNN’s The Situation Room.


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soundoff (260 Responses)
  1. chad

    Going to be interesting to see how Obama answers the foreign policy issues. Obama always seems to answer questions by NOT answering the question at hand which the American people seem to be okay with.

    If the American people want to "Talk about REAL change", then that is what the American people are going to get: "TALK" about real change.

    Looks like it may be too late for Hillary so "TALK" is what the American people are going to get.

    Let the chips fall where they may.

    May 20, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. francis.m

    GO OBAMA!!!!!!! god bless you

    May 20, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. Lance, Texas

    McCain obviously did his patriotic duty in Vietnam. I wiI not question that issue unlike the GOP, which lied about Kerry's patriotism and heroics.

    I realize no one will state the obvious because it would be poitical suicide to do so. However, If Kissinger, Nixon's secretary of state had not had discussions with the Vietnamese in France, John McCain probably may very well have parished in the Vietnamese POW camp, which he was being held.

    Someone should remind Senator McCain that he owes his life to diplomacy. Or apeasemant as he and the President would have you beleive.

    May 20, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. Barack the Vote in RI

    First "McSame" is recorded saying he would speak with Hamas, now he is criticizing Obama for suggesting the same. Next, he says that the "economy is not his thing" and people are "better off" these past few years than before – with skyrocketing job losses, home foreclosures and obscene gas prices....then he says that the war could go on for another 100 years!

    What on Earth are you people thinking when you HRC supporter cry babies say that you would rather vote for McSame or stay home! If you have any common sense you'd put the good of this country BEFORE your childish, bruised egos....it's beyond ridiculous. Throw America under the bus to prove your idiotic point – but don't complain over the next 4 years when the country's situation is worse.

    HRC supporters – don't burn down the house just to make a cup of coffee.

    May 20, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. Stennis, CA

    We all know Iran and North Korea are part of the so called "AXIS OF EVIL", so if Bush can negotiate or have a diplomatic dialogue with Pyonyang about their nuclear ambitions, why can't Obama if he should win the presidency negotiate or have diplomatic dialogue with Tehran. Oh them republicans, they forget what's good for the geese is also good for the gander. I will bet McCain lost his "bearing" on this one.

    May 20, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    "IF NO-BAMA STEALS THE NOMINATION FROM HILLARY…

    …I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE MCCAIN & THE G.O.P EAT HIM ALIVE !!

    I'LL MAKE POPCORN "

    You mean that McCain can win by supporting a war that's based partly on testimony from a dude named "Curve Ball"?

    I suppose next he'll support a war based on someone named "Split-fingered Fastball!"

    Obama will make McCain wish he was wearing Depends!!!

    May 20, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. CONCERNED

    OBAMA, Stand resolute and GOP please note; we know where -your failed policies are taking us.

    May 20, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. Roger

    Your wrong for that, CNN. Why do you help Obama so much?

    May 20, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. Mo

    WE DID NOT TALK TO CUBA FOR DECADES. DID WE ACCOMPLISHED ANYTHING ? OFF COURSE NOT. THIS IS COMPUTER AGE NOT ANY MORE STONE AGE. IF WE DON'T TALK THEY DON'T CARE. THEY HAVE SAME PRIDE LIKE US. ONLY PEOPLE WILL CONTINUE TO SUFFER JUST BECAUSE THE POLITICIAN ON BOTH SIDES ARE IGNORANT AND ARROGANT. IF MCCAIN BECOME PRESIDENT IT WILL BE ANOTHER WORST AND DARK BUSH ERA IN AMERICAN HISTORY.

    May 20, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Ken from Calif.

    OBAMA'S WOOSY APPEASEMENT POLICIES GUARANTEE THAT ALQAEDA WILL BE COMING TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD–

    Obamarites-start buying your humvees and flak jackets now.

    May 20, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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