May 21st, 2008
03:20 PM ET
15 years ago

Blitzer: McCain stepping up foreign policy heat on Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Blitzer: Obama and Clinton have escalated their war of words over foreign policy."] (CNN) - John McCain is not letting up on Barack Obama. Virtually every recent day, he has gone after Obama’s national security stance. He says Obama’s willingness to meet with leaders from Iran, North Korea and Venezuela is “reckless, and demonstrates a poor judgment that will make the world more dangerous.” In his latest statement, McCain calls Obama’s approach “naïve” and “based entirely on emotion.”

Obama is responding in kind. “The Bush Iraq policy that asks everything of our troops and nothing of Iraqi politicians is John McCain’s policy, too, and so is the fear of tough and aggressive diplomacy that has left this country more isolated and less secure than at any time in recent history,” Obama said Tuesday night.

Still, there is no doubt that McCain’s strategy of hammering Obama on a nearly daily basis on foreign policy is deliberate. McCain certainly feels very comfortable talking about national security. He sees that as his major strength. And most observers agree McCain would much rather have national security on the agenda right now than the economy where he and his fellow Republicans see themselves as rather vulnerable..

By attacking Obama, moreover, he is helping to frame the debate and put the Democratic candidate on the defensive. That’s the strategy for now.

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  1. hmmmmm.....sounds fishy

    yes people the half black guy is out organizing and outfundraising the others......hhhmmmm I wonder why......probably because he has put the right people were they need to can call him a whiner or complainer.......he has only been fighting the democratic party of the last 20 years and he is tell me people is he smarter and more prepared or is Hillary losing to someone she should have beat..........either way it won't be the black guy stealing anything here.......because he won it fair and square

    May 21, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. mother too

    there was one section on home page that Clinton is being asked to reject racist votes. Everyone ( Obama, McCain) then should do the same, not only her ... right?
    The double standard, the enormus push by some people to get her out is not right.
    She and the others should be allowed to stay till the end. The elections should take just 1-2 days in whole country with all delegates, and then the one with most votes would have the presidency. This way a lot of money would be saved, and all people would have the voice. It would be only fair.

    May 21, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Wayne Philips

    How can Jimmy Carter, Jr. expect to get rational thought from an irrational man who believes the Holocaust never happened?

    Barack would be a second term for Carter, THE worst president ever!


    May 21, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. ?

    True question for anyone, where is mccanes exp what has he done that say he know what he is doing, was he calling the shots way back when, has he done something eles since then?

    Please don't me the POW thing because being a POW and running a country don't go hand in hand.

    One last thing how do problems get solved if you don't talk? When crips and bloods just start shooting each other is that not the same as it my way or no way?

    May 21, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. fairness

    diplomacy, yes – but cautious, superb, Obama did not have any chance to show us his diplomacy yet. So far it is most of speeches ( not diplomacy, just show), complaining, attacking, changing his mind and mainly: he had so many times trouble to express himself clearly = he had to explain what he really meant by saying that or this......this is not sign of good diplomacy to me.

    May 21, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. LatteLovingPriusDriver

    It's nice to see George McCain and John Bush so closely aligned in attacking Senator's wonderful to see. It GUARANTEES a McPain loss in November.

    You can smell the formaldehyde in McPain’s speeches when he's awake and drooling on his notes.

    He’ll win the bitter ‘I hate men’ Clinton vote and the racists white Kentucky -W. Virginia vote.

    The country will see a rebirth in pride as the WORLD celebrates his victory. Wait and see when you see countries come forward to partner with the US on how to battle terrorism INTELLIGENTLY and how to solve the global economic crisis and how to address food shortages.

    The darkest 8 years of American history WILL BE OVER. The war-avoiding cowards of Bush and Cheney will end their reign of terror.

    May 21, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. True

    McCaine has nothing of interest to the American people, we don't need a racist running our foreign affairs, neither do we want him to run the country...

    May 21, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. Daniel from California

    Obama wanting to actually create a foreign policy should be a good thing. But the problem is too many Americans are used to diplomacy under George W. Bush. I mean Bush wants nothing to do with Spain's new Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, because he removed Spanish troops from Iraq like he promised if he won. And Zapatero of course has said himself that he won't step foot in Washington until Bush leaves office.

    The two leaders don't see eye to eye on too many things. How about the United States steping up to the plate and helping Myanmar? The Military Junta there has shown the world that they don't care about their people. They want every type of aid for themselves first. The U.S. has three ships on the coast of Myanmar, but can't enter unless they get the approval of the dictatorship government.

    McCain will only continue W. Bush's foreign policy, he will do nothing to change in another direction. McCain will continue the war till 2013, that's a joke to tell the American people that. U.S. troops have been dying there for nothing, and he wants to keep them there till his first term expires. The American people aren't too fond of that at all. McCain is doomed, the nomination was the only easy thing he could win. But with an unpopular war, and unpopular president McCain is in trouble to convince Americans to put him in office.

    May 21, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. Canuk

    Let's be serious Jan, it was your elected state leaders that disenfranchised you when they moved your primary up knowing the consequences.

    May 21, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. Alex

    Wolf, who is putting heat on who, as far as I know it McCain who started flip flapping to defend his friend, George Bush’s Speech. In addition, to flip flapping McCain is twisting Obama’s words to confuse voters with the help of journalists like you. If you just biased reporter you would not at least this title. But we know why you are supporting McCain. Anyway it is sad to see you loosing your objectivity when you are close to your retirement. The truth is Obama is challenging McCain whether he is still behind some of his popular views or he has abandoned them to please the right. McCain instead of answering the question he is using from Bush’s communication style of deny deny deny.

    May 21, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. OBAMA '08

    BTW I think Darth Vadik, Ca and I were seperated at birth or something.......
    Always love your posts Darth


    May 21, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. Ty

    You want to hear 'straight talk'. Here it is. McCain is old, and I mean OLD. He ran as an independent against George Washington and lost. Would you trust your grandpa to drive a school bus? I didn't think so.

    May 21, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Maria

    America, wake up! Thanks to Bush's McCain policies you've lost respect of the rest of the world, and have become the best allies to terrorists, while losing the battle to them without even noticing it.
    In the last 8 years your citizens have lost a lot of their privacy rights, are fearful of a terrorist attacks, the country is no longer a human rights and democracy champion.I guess Osama bin Laden didn't even dream of such success, with just one attack. You haven't had another because there is absolutely no need for it And the invasion of Iraq was what Osama needed to consolidate his power and expand his network, that is a lesson that Mao taught, if a foreign nation invades, as Japan did with China, it is much easy to recruit people because you transform from a terrorist or a guerrilla into a fighter for the country's freedom of foreign occupation.
    Why not look at countries that fought against terrorism and won? Take Peru for example, when the military rather than the politicians where trying to fight it, things got worse. The military tend to retaliate without any concern of human rights and usually mistake the targets, and the civil population caught in between trying to survive usually helped both sides, out of fear. The one thing that did the job was to capture the leaders, other things helped like setting permanent police posts on every small town in the areas affected.
    Hope for the good of the american people that Obama gets elected.

    May 21, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. Troy

    Everyone talking about democtatic foreign Policy with Obama, What Foreign Policy? the democrats have total control of Congress and still nothing is happening. Republicans can't do anything about policies because they are now controlled by Nancy the PoleCat from California and she can't lead a pack of dogs, Obama won't talk about his polices where solve any problems. He is too Radical and I shutter at the thought his radical wife will be a First Lady! I think Not! I would love to know what Obama's real policies are? I as A Democrat am wishing for a strong 3rd. Party Canidate, because Obama bin Lauden won't be able to lead our County be he sure as hell will be able to sell us out with the rest of the Democratic Party. Are we in a mess!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. Mel

    Wolf Blitzer I don't actually care whether you post this comment to your web site or not. What I do want to say is that on television as on this web site your commentary is extremely bias in what questions you ask (and of whom), how you frame the issues, etc. Most fair-minded commentators think Senator Obama is handling is own on the foreign policy front and Senator McCain is getting no traction. He is repeating himself and going nowhere and he is finding little traction. Ironically Israel is more pragmatic in Middle East, negotiating with its enemies. Republicans like Gates and Chuck Hagel are challenging McCain within the Republican Party. Finally on issue of domestic policy. You claim Senator Obama has a "problem" with white voters in Appalachia. Does Senator McCain have a "problem" with black and racial minority voters across the country? Balance would be geat.

    May 21, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
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