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. DJ, LA, CA

    Obama doesn't want to be a divider and get too aggressive against Bush right now.

    I can understand his viewpoint in not wanting a distraction with a long protracted battle over impeachment.

    However Bush is a lameduck and nothing is getting done in Congress right now anyway until he leaves office. All Bush does is veto every bill that Congress tries to draft.

    The Democrats should seriously start to consider impeachment hearings. The evidence is mounting that Bush/Cheney sold a pack of lies and intentially misled the public AND Congress.

    May 28, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Mark

    Has anybody thought to ask white side of the bed the phone is on because if Hillary becomes president I think Bill will be closer to the phone then she will

    May 28, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. PS

    The book isn't even available yet – so how can anyone be commenting on it? A few exerpts? Interviews with the author?

    And the exerpts and interviews are of course selected to generate sales....

    Also, it doesn't matter how we got into the war – we are there...

    So, we can pull out and have another disaster like Viet Nam (for those of you who don't remember what happened after April 1975 – you should look it up – Wikipedia has it – look for "Socialist Republic of Vietnam " – our allies there were put in "reeducation camps" – a humanitarian crisis developed) –

    so we need a SOLID military exit plan – this calls for someone with military judgement, not political glibness....McCain backed the surge, which is why we are now WINNING in Iraq....

    May 28, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. Rob

    This is not the primaries people...This is our livelyhood in danger here..Obama has the right to link McCain to Bush cause McCain backs up everybody bush says. Step into him Obama..Step into McCain Hard!!

    May 28, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. martin

    obama will lead us in taking our country back!mccain and hillary should be prosecuted!

    May 28, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. xtina, chicago

    in a few days no one will care about Scott McClellan ; Obama will have to get back to the issues and addressing what experience has has and what he has done that's so difficult to prove he's Presidential material

    May 28, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. NO OBAMA5

    Please ,give the whiny ninny the nod, I cant stand to read and see so many gullible people. whats a loss of freedom and wwIII anyway. no big deal, those that are responsible for this fixed election,deserve it!

    May 28, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. martin


    May 28, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. karen

    McCain is right in the middle of the Bush MESS!!!! The book speaks for itself. Obama will use parts when needed. McCain better keep his mouth shut!!! Possibly retire!!!! McCain says Never Surrender–surrender what?!!!!! We need to get out of this illegal war!!!! Go Obama!!!

    May 28, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. Jerry

    McCain you and Bush need to go and retire American people are sick and tire of this Iraq we losen our soldiers to this republicans war-Bush
    McCain we dont need a warhead to run our country.

    Obama 08

    May 28, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Obama's campaign is right it's nothing but a publicity stunt. Obama has heard enough from the General. Things are not better in Iraq you still cann't walk the streets of Bagdad. The Iraq Army still cann"t fight their own battles, the American's had to step in and help out in Sadar City. The people are still killling each other and crazy John Macain want Obama to risk his life and go to Iraq with him? Give me a break!

    May 28, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. Mat

    Obama needs to focus on the fact that Hillary is still in this race – if he keeps acting like he's won this thing he could be in for a real shock! He needs to say something and bring a real fire storm to the DNC as Hillary is kicking and screaming all the way to the confrence! If he lets the media fan her flames he's going to get a shock – Don't ever count the Clintons out –

    May 28, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah



    The one thing about Saddam Hussein he took no S**T from any of these people that are controlling Iraq now! Yes he was a nasty dictator that used the chemical weapons that the US gave him back in the 80’s to kill Kurdish threats and Iranian Solders. You see Saddam Hussein seen these people as threats to has regime and government, he knew how to handle these people. Further, Iran was scared to death of him and did not dare to step foot Iraq. We could have used Saddam Hussein as a puppet if we were smart! We could have paid him to do our dirty work with Al Qaeda and Iran like we did in 80’s when Regan was president. Bush does not know how to think on that level he is to arrogant and stupid to know he had everything going for him after 9/11.

    You see by keeping Saddam Hussein in power until we got off of fossil fuels would have been the smart and prudent thing to do. We could have positioned ourselves to deal with him on another level at a different time. Bush just made the most bone-headed foreign policy mistake in our countries history hopefully the next president can get us out of this mess.


    May 28, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Linda31

    That's right Obama, show them the person McCain has chosen to stand by. The one who fooled the American people. We are fed up with the lies Bush, I mean McCain, no wait Bush...McBush.........

    May 28, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. Michelle from Colorado

    Good for you, Barak. Always pointing out everybody else's faults so you don't have to 'fess up to your own or talk about real issues. Your supporters are as dumb as door knobs because they look at your youthful smile and tune out your words. Oh, that's right, all of your supporters are deaf from listening to their i pods all day long instead of reading books and newspapers.
    CLINTON rules!

    May 28, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah




    The media is the real story. . They let us down with Bush and Iraq! They really let THE AMERICAN PEOPLE down.

    Over 4000 dead, what do you say to those families? BUSH, MCCAIN and CLINTON, need to apologize to all AMERICANS for sending them to there death's! Bush should be removed from office ASAP. Congress should start the Iraqi WAR hearings immediately find the truth please behind this WAR! Remove Bush from office, this will show all of America, the government still works for the good of the people. George Bush has destroyed the creditability of the presidency; even 4000 times worse then Bill Clinton and Monica scandal. If we ever need to go to war again how can we trust congress and the White House to do the right thing?

    The only way congress can restore there creditability; as a functioning body of this government, is to hold formal investigations in this horrible American tragedy the Iraq War. I feel so bad for those families that give there loved ones to this American tragedy, THE IRAQ WAR!

    Obama 08
    For the good of America

    May 28, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. enlightenme29

    People, please. This is nothing new, many americans thought this way of our government – Micheal Moore, Zeigmeist?.
    Its quite strange how someone of Bush's administration can state something negative about our government manipulating american citizens but if something of the same context is said by someone else, they are labled as anti -american. We as americans are so darn hypocritical its sickening. This is not a polictical tactic to state what alot of americans were thinking and what a bush administration member has stated.

    For all you clinton supporters that hate Obama, that is mind boggling for both of them are great candidates figthing for the same but in a different manner. Grow up!

    May 28, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. leon

    To Obama supporters

    Your idea that Hillary supporters are betraying the Democratic Party if they write down Hillary on the ballot of vote for McCain is false and antidemocratic. USA is the country where you can vote for the learder that better represents you. I think that both the Democratic Party and teh Republican Party are in really bad shape and neitehr of them have really help to improve the situation the country is now. They both have a lot of common ground.

    So it is perfectly right to vote for McCain or for Hillary who at least we know who they are and do not spread false ideas that they are a different kind of politician like Obama pretends to do. Little by little the American peopel is seeing that Obama is a regular politician from the Chicago-school as his Pastor mentioned and was forced to go away from the public view and received the condemnation of Obama.

    Obama has no experience, spread false dreams for "CHANGE" and going against the status-quo while being part of it, used it and abused it. By making deals with strong members of the status-quo and by his actions he shows every day the kind of vulgar politician he is.

    This country will turn into caos if we elect Barack as our president.

    May 28, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. walemac

    very well said. bush lied to all americans about iraq and 9/11. obama was right about bush and mcshame . Go Obama.

    May 28, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  20. Hillary's got the goods to win in Nov.

    I think it is funny that Barack Obama compares McCain to Bush. I am a moderate dem and McCain is quite appealing to me.

    Obama on the other hand seems to be more of a Jimmy Carter with his no experience on foreign policy. Actually, at least you know what Carter's foreign policy is. Obama on the other hand has flip flopped several times on the issue of Iran. So tell me senator, is Iran a big threat or a little threat.

    Maybe you Obama supporters would figure out that his foreign policy is a joke before it is too late.

    Hillary 08 or McCain if necessary

    May 28, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. RHP

    I believe America should insist that war ought be taken as seriously as it deserves! When young men and women die for what turns out to be conflict based in the deceptive practices of our own president and his administration, the world needs to see that we are equally willing to prosecute the guilty even when it is our own leadership! I'd like to see justice meted out to those criminals with the same dispatch as we citizens endure when we receive a parking ticket. Or is that too harsh?

    May 28, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. Tiachi

    he only said out loud what we all know... failed policies and McCain wants to continue them... the only thing Obama was wrong about is McCain promising 4 more years of such, in fact he committed us to much long - its open-ended. Judging by the comments McCain made in response to hecklers yesterday.

    May 28, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. Paris

    The only thing Obama and his campaign has to say about McCain is that he has the same policy as Bush.
    It is time for Obama to find something new to talk about this one liner is getting old.

    At least our enemies are afraid of Bush and McCain but they seem to Like Obama. Obama I don’t trust you. I don’t even trust that you love this country and this nation.
    Obama still needs to answer what is he willing to offer Iran and Hamas as carrot.

    American people need to know what are you offering the terrorist that they like you?

    May 28, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  24. Peter E

    'Positive' message of 'hope' and 'change?' All Obama ever does is parrot those words in between his tirades against his opponents. It reflects in his supporters as well: notice the lack of 'positive' comments by Obama supporters just on this page. If this is the 'change' he represents, I'd rather have none of it.
    As a side note: did you know that Obama's slogan 'yes we can' isn't original either? It was taken verbatim as one of the slogans used by the Bush campaign in 2004. Way to distance oneself from 'old' politics! He's just lucky people have such short memory.

    May 28, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. OBAMA 08!

    To all the Hillary supporters and Obama haters.

    How typical of Hillary Clinton to get illegal votes to try and STEAL the nomination away from someone who abided by the rules. Shame on you!!! Hillary is a liar and a cheat and her trying to get delegates seated where Obama wasn’t even on the ticket proves how low she'll go to steal an nomination.

    Do you want to be in Iraq for 100 yrs? Do you want our economy to continue to suffer under republican rule? Do you want all our tax dollars going to enormously inflated no bid contracts? FINE! Keep up with your ridiculous arguments about how Obama is untruthful and doesn’t play by the rules etc (which is total BS and exactly what Hillary is) and betray our country and vote for McBush. It’s your lousy conscious!

    May 28, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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