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. KE

    An actor can act badly in the theater but what about a president?

    May 28, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. Vegas Dave

    Obama's refusal to go to Iraq or Afghanistan is another fine example of the Democratic Party's cowardice and lack of patriotism. It seems that Obama relishes the opportunity he may soon have to betray the hard work and dedication of our brave men and women in the armed services.

    May 28, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. I feel really safe with Obama

    He wouldn't do anything in the White House. He would just be "present."

    May 28, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  4. Concerned American

    It is amazing to me how all the Hillary Clinton followers can try to blame President Barak Obama for commenting on a book written by a republican, that could help the democratic party as well as help the american people by possibly ending this senseless war!

    Especially when all Hillary Clinton has done during this whole election process is look for negative things to comment on, (BUT NOT AGAINST THE REPUBLICANS, BUT AGAINST OTHER DEMOCRATS, ESPECIALLY PRESIDENT BARAK OBAMA!

    Stop it Bill &Hillary and help the democratic party and the county unite!

    May 28, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  5. AJ

    Love how Fox news is limiting the discussion of this book. LOL

    May 28, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  6. Tired of all the flap!

    Thank you because if the other shoe was on the other foot they would come after you with their guns blazing! People get a swiff of this: I do not think that Senator Barack Obama will be afraid of John McCain and he is proving to be shrewd-er just like the REPUBLICANS. I think that they have met their match. McClellan probably did not ruin his reputation for nothing and the way that the White House were vehemently denying everything, there must be some truth to his book.

    May 28, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  7. martin

    hey lou dobbs!still voting for mccain?don't be fooled independents!dobbs is a closet republican.this independent will vote for no more illegal war in iraq! obama '08

    May 28, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  8. Martin

    If there's a straw, Obama will grasp at it!

    May 28, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  9. Marcus

    Again, Obama is a complete fool on foreign policy.

    McCain and Bush two very different individuals - Obama will not win in the General Election.

    May 28, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  10. Kim, Dallas, TX

    I wonder if the book mentions PNAC...Project for a New American Century...a neocon think tank that wanted to go to war with Iraq well before Bush was even nominated. Bush surrounded himself with those that were instrumental in creating PNAC and writing all of it's propaganda.....Rumsfeld, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Libby, Jeb Bush, etc. Those that know about this project have always wondered about it's influence in the push towards war in Iraq. I'm so glad someone has finally come forward with the truth behind this very corrupt administration.

    May 28, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  11. HereWeGo

    Good, but was that some big secret? Did McCain say we went to war for the oil?

    May 28, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  12. Samantha

    Liar Liar Pants on Fire wrote:

    SOME white folks are always changing the rules, the truth and anything they can to make things in their favor. Sad.
    AND what exactly does this debate have to do with "white" people??________

    May 28, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  13. Glenn D'Abreo

    Liberals should just come out and admit that they hate Bush. Nothing else matters. It doesn't matter whether the war was waged on lies, or Haliburton got all the Iraq contracts, or the tax cuts favor the wealthy or "No Child Left Behind" is a failure....bottom line is you guys hate Bush because he beat you guy in 2000 by 5 electoral votes...ouch that must have really hurt. Then again in 2004 he won by 35 measly electoral votes...that must have hurt just as bad.
    So come on...say after me.....WE HATE BUSH, WE HATE BUSH, WE HATE BUSH.

    See, don't y'all fell better now?

    May 28, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  14. John

    Come Nov.08,the hdlns. Hillary Clinton Wins the Presidency!!!

    May 28, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. Ghani

    Obama has a point. McCain was nothing else but a whip that the president uses in order to attain his Agenda. He had been always wrong and he is wrong now when he sides with the president and rejects the GI Bill which benefits veterans, whom McCain was supposed to be their advocate in the Congress. He is unrealistic when he expresses that he could be in Iraq for 100 years because even if he is luckily enough to win the presidency for both two terms he has only 8 years to decide whether to remain in Iraq. After those 8 years it is up to whoever becomes president to decide. As a would be American president McCain needs to be careful of the words he likes to share with the American people. He cannot tell the American people to look to the east when he needs them to look to the west. He cannot say to the American people, "my friends" when he denies a veteran an opportunity to study and become a productive member of the society.

    May 28, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  16. Judy

    Hey Vee-Don't get your knickers in an uproar. It seems to me the Dems are kinda sorta gonna need the 17 million people who voted for HRC to try to get their boy elected. Maybe you might want to emulate the graciousness of your candidate;after all, isn't that why he appeals to you?

    May 28, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  17. Earl Dallas, Yexas

    For those that have been told that there is no chance to obtain their hopes or dreams and that it was useless to try look towards Hillary Clinton as a symbolic figure of hope and strength – the only experienced candidate that has solid solutions to our everyday problems.

    I attended a rally by both candidates last week – Obama definitely is a speaker, orator and can move a crowd – but once you get home from the rally you wonder what DID he say – only thing I can come up with is he is going to change politics in Washington DC – yet accepts the endorsements from them.

    Clinton (although the media is trying to make Obama the next President rather than letting the voters have their own say) was warm, sincere, experienced with her answers to questions and genuinely wants to help us help ourselves – she enjoyed being there with us – Obama appeared that this was a situation that he had to be there but really was looking towards the general election – so just give me my votes and I will move on – similiar to what happened in New Orleans after HE received the black communites votes – was too busy to attend a reconstruction rally later on – Hillary Clinton attended even though she had not received the votes.

    I just recently found out that Obama voted for the liquified natural gas pipeline of Bush-Cheney Energy plan where Clinton opposed it – guess he doesn't have to live here with it.

    May 28, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  18. Vivienne

    We can't afford this war. And, it's getting to the point we can't afford the correct war, the one we pratically abandoned to go to IRAQ. We better do something different this election year.

    It just so happens that Barack is going to attempt to get us out of IRAQ. I think we need to give him 4 years because it will give the country some breathing room. If he can't deliver the change, he will be a 1 term president. The other option is four more years of a Bush like administration. How can we survive another war monger with bad judgment and no interest or desire to address domestic issues?

    I can't see it.

    May 28, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  19. Sara

    You go – attack Mcidiot!.Sick of his crap and by the way where is McCain's flag pin? Nothing but warmongering comes out of McCain because nothing more to run on – Slap the old man down!

    May 28, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  20. Ednord, Fl

    This is Shameful revelation for the country although not surprising. There should be a congressional investigation into this matter. This is no laughing matter. This war has taken the life of thousands of our young and courageous men.
    Shame on Bush, Shame on Mccain

    May 28, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  21. Yohan

    I had rather have Mccain than a Muslim for president

    May 28, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  22. mobspeak

    ANYONE on these blogs that say they are Democrats while defending Bush and McCain are REPUBLICANS. No Democrat would defend Bush! What is this, some half-@$$ extension of Operation Chaos? It's not going to work.

    May 28, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  23. David from Ohio

    McClellan's book is the first in I'm sure will be many from insiders depicting George W. Bush and his administration is clueless. As for hip waders, that's what McCain will be wearing next January since he'll have plenty of time to fish in his hopefully long retirement.

    May 28, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  24. Catrina R., San Ramon CA.

    That's not attacking. That is merely speaking the truth- let's call it what it really is.

    May 28, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  25. Mathew


    May 28, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
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