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. John in South Bend

    What Obama's camp using "old-style politics"???? I thought they were so much better than that *rolls eyes*

    May 28, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  2. hrao

    Obama was the "idealist" and the "moral leader" according to Kennedy? What happened? Why is he slipping into politics of personal attacks? Sad – is he bringing about "change". Or self promotion and machiavellianism lead him to "tread" the same old path of other "insiders" that he wants to replace?

    May 28, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  3. Obama 08: Female, 60, white

    So McCain's criticism of Obama pretty well eliminates everyone that has been suggested for a possible VP runnung mate. At his age and health, he needs to pick a war vet, and someone old and a political hack as chances are greater for him that this person will need to take over as commander in chisf.

    I have a feeling that McCain knows that Obama will be visiting Iraq once it is safe to leave the country with the Clintonites running hysterically around and he is trying to set him up.

    McCain is just trying to deflect attention away from his Vet benefits bill which lacks support from many Republicans and from him selling out to Bush so he can raise a little money.

    No sane, rational Democrat would vote for McCain.

    May 28, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  4. vic nashville,Tn

    Cheap shot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The Obama campaign start totally different way now they are following the foot step Karl Rove
    Sorry our votes for Hillary or Mc Cain

    May 28, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. DWB

    Obama may be young but is well informed . He does not need McCain to tell him how to run his campaign .

    May 28, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  6. Mathew

    McCain: I do not follow Bush Policy. I have different plan. I will bring back our young men and women from Iraq in 2013.
    But we have a great threat there which is Iran. So as soon as I bring them back form Iraq, I will send them back to middle east to fight against Iran which is greater threat. I know the military power of Iran. They can not aquire nuclear weapon. Iran aquiring nuclear weapon is greater threat to United States.

    What went wrong with American Conservatives?

    May 28, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |


    May 28, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  8. Vig

    Obama and his campaign handlers are turing out to be nothing more than opportunists piggy-backing off of the courageous acts, deeds & words of others. Name one thing Obama has done that has been courageous that did not benefit himself in some way. You can't.

    May 28, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  9. Ron

    Campaign fundrasing behind closed doors. Still trying to sell the Iraq war to the Americam people. Propaganda and Deception sounds like a Bush third term.

    May 28, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  10. Sammy

    Interesting comment suggesting that John McCain would have handled Iraq differently. AFAIK he hasnt talked about it much if at all on the campaign trail. At least not too many specifics. If he would do little if anything differently then its just the same ol same ol. If he would do things differently then I want to know what those things are and why.

    May 28, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  11. Mark Kennedy

    We knew within 24 hours of the ground campaign there were no weapons.

    UN knew we didn't have a case.

    As a former servicemember ( 1992-2007) with friends in Iraq, htey have echoed the same thought and feelings and facts. You military doesn't want to be there, no matter how much McCain or Bush says that we want to be there.

    95% of the American People knew minutes before the invasion that this was Bush's war and that he wanted to finish what his father started! If there is a silver ling to what Scott McClellan you'll have to look at people like Jim Webb and Colin Powell! I'm sure their thoughts and opinion would shed more light onto falsehoods that led to sales pitch for the Iraq war!

    Good to Go Scott McClellan ...only if a few more of Bush's cabinet broke ranks!

    This is exactly why Barack Obama will win in November! Political Change...and restoration of American Pride!

    May 28, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  12. macrazy

    My take of Mccain educating obama about iraq. "And over there is where all our oil comes from. Oh no its being blown up by terrorists. ok lets send american troops to get kill for oil. I'll kiss you feet OPEC. Whats that you want me to be your little monkey and raise the price of oil while at the same time kill the polar bears okay what ever you want."

    May 28, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. D-CA

    Well, it would appear that without a trip to Iraq, or a book, Obama knew that going to war was wrong.

    May 28, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  14. taylor richmond virginia

    like stealing candy from a baby.

    May 28, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  15. peter griffin

    mccain is the same as george bush people must call him mccain the same.

    May 28, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  16. Just Sayin..

    IMPEACH BUSH AND CHENEY!!! when Obama takes the white house he better put bush in jail with rove and cheney. Better then that, lets give BUSH over to Iraq...

    May 28, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  17. Walt, Belton,TX

    You are right on about connecting the dots between Osama Obama and Jimmy Carter. Two peas out of the same pod and so obvious, it has been overlooked by just about everybody! The combination of being gutless and naive about national security could be fatal. It cost lives needlessly before. Let's not rerun that dark period of American history again.

    May 28, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  18. steven

    Sen. Hillary Pathetic Clinton. She Never Reads The Fine Print.
    Cry Baby Hillary, Kicks and Screams until she gets her way.

    May 28, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  19. Rae, Phoenix

    Well you know McCain and Bush are both white guys. And all white guys look alike don't you know. It's an understandable mistake. Obama doesn't know who the President is. How can you blame him.

    May 28, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  20. Shawn Menchion

    Obama 08

    May 28, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  21. macrazy

    i am so sick of the desperate Hillary supporters talking about michigan and Florida. They broke the rules stupid. There making up crap about him to keep Hillary in the race. Hey Hillary why don't you take Bill and toss back a few shots and leave everyone alone.

    May 28, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  22. andy

    Senator Obama does not need to go to Iraq and he does not need to be educated by Senator McCain. McCain just loves telling stories about then and now. Reminiscing. We want change. We want to make our own stories-stories of good times for everyone.

    May 28, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  23. Larry

    Why does Obama dwell so much on the past? Where is his vision for the country's future? Is his ONLY tactic to criticize the country and his opponent's? I guess this is his best chance, since he really can't articulate what qualities, attributes and record of service he has to offer.

    ANYONE could have opposed the war before joining the Senate and responsibilities in the Senate. Heck, Rev. Wright was against the war, perhaps he should be President.

    No...the only question now is "who is best fit to serve the USA as President?"

    Obama, it's not you...

    May 28, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  24. bernice

    Why should Sen. Obama say anything Hillary and John are doing a good job making themselves look Siiiilllllllly.

    May 28, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  25. David in KC

    The first of many chickens leaving the Bush Mafia as his failed presidency comes to a disastrous end. The Soviet style this administration drove our government is criminal.

    May 28, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
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