May 28th, 2008
04:01 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama camp uses McClellan book to attack McCain

THORNTON, Colorado (CNN) - Barack Obama's presidential campaign is using former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan's new book attacking the Bush administration to take a swipe at John McCain, connecting what Obama calls "the failed Bush policies" to the presumptive Republican nominee.

"It's not news that this Administration engaged in spin and deception to lead us into a war that should've never been authorized and never been waged," Obama spokesman Hari Sevugan said in a statement.

"The only question now is do we continue George Bush's failed policy in Iraq or do we change it? John McCain is promising four more years of the exact same policy in Iraq that asks everything of our brave troops and nothing of the Iraqi government, while Barack Obama wants to begin a phased withdrawal of our troops and refocus our efforts on going after al-Qaeda in Afghanistan."

A senior aide declined a request to make Obama himself available for an on-camera comment.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
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  1. lol

    wow for someone who is above old style politics, obama is really showing that he is quite the "typical" politician. change must be the buzz word, for politics as usual for obama.

    May 28, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. Sophie in Dallas

    Mcain in Mcbush which is Mcfor more illegal war!

    May 28, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Jason P. from Orange County

    The next headline will be that Hillary's camp said this proves she was duped into voting for the war.

    May 28, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. What if?

    Thank you former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan's, honesty is the best policy.........

    Obama 08

    May 28, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Michael

    I think the American people knew all along this war was bases on spin and deception. I wish it could be proven so Bush could be impeached and removed from office along with the rest of his cronies.

    May 28, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. Sadie

    Ahh, it's so strange to hear the truth from politicians for once.

    May 28, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Billie Ames

    First, Bush's policy in Iraq has not failed. Just because Obamadolph says it doesn't make it true. Everything that idiot Obama says is suspect.

    May 28, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Chaos

    Looks like Obama is too scared to speak or debate without someone writing him a script! Just like Bush relies on all his aides to do things for him!

    May 28, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. sailboat

    Bring Our Troops Home And Give Them The Care And Benefits Their Patriotism Deserves !

    May 28, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. anna

    Go Obama Go

    Obama 08 and 12

    May 28, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. Debby

    Yeah this is from a campaign that doesn't want to know whats going on in Iraq and calls it a political stunt for Obama to visit. What a bunch of morons. Obuma can't even comment because Axelrod hasn't written down what he should say. hahaha

    May 28, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. Gerry

    This book is a huge issue and Obama is right to tie it back to the failed Bush/McCain policies

    May 28, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. KK

    If the truth hurts...

    May 28, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. Silence Dogood

    This is just like Obama – always use someone else to do the dirty work! And then he can say "I didn't say that". His attacks are always like a mobster. When he wants something nasty said, he finds it already said like here, or he gets someone to get someone to say "monster" or worse.

    Hateful, smiling, empty suit, speaking to blank staring cult members.

    Then he can act all righteous and half heartedly sort of condemn the comments. If it turns out the book is untrue or exaggerated, he will be all "that doesn't have a place in ahem, ahem, blah blah."
    And in 5 minutes, the cult will deny it even happened.

    "A senior aide declined a request to make Obama himself available for an on-camera comment." Real stand up guy.

    May 28, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  15. Conservative Buyer- CA

    McClellan hits it right on the nail. Nothing more true could've been only screwed up by GWBush and his goonies.

    On top of that GWBush has all this blood in his hands. Only someone like him could not have conceived another possible outcome which could've made him a ground breaking legendary US President.

    Instead we are EVIL and allowed ourselves to believe in GWBush.

    That's why our next leader has to be able and see beyond the horizon of what is at hand.


    May 28, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. Marcus B. POST MY COMMENT

    That's right Obama! You should link them together because they are the same. I love the joke you made about the Republican Presidential Nominees fighting to see which one "could out-Bush the other!" The reaction of the White House is enough to tell you that McClellan's book is on to something, They are all running around like chickens with their heads cut off, trying to attack his credibility. One lady even went as far as to say that McClellan was not in the know. My question is, if the press secretary is not present for all of the briefings with the Sec'y of Defense, Sec'y of State, and the National Security Advisor, what the heck is doing speaking for the President at press conferences. That is exactly the point his book is making. The Bush administration deliberately kept info from McClellan, fed him half-truths, and them pushed him in front of the microphone. The Bush administration is a joke and the same goes for a McCain administration. And them McCain says today that he hates and detests war. If that's the case, why did you go?!?!?!? I hate war! I hate foreign conflict! I hate killing innocent civilians in other countries. I hate our soldiers being injured and dying everyday! And do you know what I'm not doing?????? GOING TO THE MILITARY!!!!!!! If you hate something, what possesses you to take part in it. If you hate homosexual affection, would you lay down with someone of the same sex? If you hate abortion, would you send your daughter o get one if she happened to have an untimely pregnancy? If you hate lobbyists and their political influence, would you put some of the biggest names in lobbying in charge of your campaign? Well, in John McCain's case, the answer would be yes!

    OBAMA '08!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. unite the dems

    Clinton supporter's arguments:

    1) 'Obama should drop out because he can't win the general.'
    – never mind that hillary can't even win the primary.

    2) 'Obama has no experience.'
    – as opposed to hillary's 'experience' as a first lady?

    3) 'Obama is not trustworthy'.
    – as opposed to hillary who lied, slung mud like a champion, flip flopped, lied some more, changed rules mid game. (bosnia sniper, chelsea jogging, race card, feminist card, agreed to FL and MI disqualification when it suited her, discounted EVERY economist and sided with the opposition to support the gas tax relief, does not want caucuses counted)

    4) 'We will vote for McCain (and 100 more years in Iraq and $10 gas and roe vs wade overturned) even though we are democrats and even though Obama and Hillary have identical positions…because supporters are mean!'
    – I don't even know what to say to this.

    May 28, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. Karen from Texas

    This is the right thing to do!! All democratics understand this. For all Hillary supporters who would like to destroy the demo. party because your candidate lost should really hear for the GOP team directly what you will be voting for if you decide to vote for McSame. Take you pick and live with it!!!!!

    Obama 08

    May 28, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. Sammy

    I basically read that comment as saying this new book isnt telling us anything that millions of people already believe. it wasnt like last week we thought it inconceivable that Bush used spin and deception and this book is somehow a revelation.

    May 28, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. libby

    The Obama camp, knows a liar when they see one!
    He is typical of you, he makes up stories, with no
    reference or authenticity.
    Shows your weakness, that is catching up with you,
    do your own research.

    May 28, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. Andrew

    We do need change in Iraq. We need to send Obama's uncle over there to liberate the country.

    May 28, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. AZM

    "exact same policy in Iraq that asks everything of our brave troops and nothing of the Iraqi government,"

    What a clueless tool... come on over and have a look... 90% of the coalition getting tore up is Iraqi... what a rediculous statement... obviously from someone who isn't aware of the situation... which isn't surprising considering he will not come see for himself.

    No Bama... NO WAY

    May 28, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. R1100RT in VA

    You're KIDDING!?! Bush LIED?? People DIED??

    May 28, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  24. Joe Reg

    It is legitimate.

    The man has some dignity left and now

    he should do the right thing and

    join Senator Obama to restore the image of America.

    May 28, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. Shangazi

    Too sad....!

    May 28, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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