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. Standing up

    I think that we should all stand up for this young man. He is being attacked just like the people that warned about Iraq were attacked. This irony can't escape all of the pundits that chime in on this Bush SOP.

    May 28, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Benito

    Let's just give the McBush administration the green light to fight overseas with our future (military men and women) until their blood crosses the vast ocean and hits the shores of the eastern seaboard. Bush was wrong and McCain is even more wrong trying to continue this ugly time line.

    May 28, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Terrance Miller in Atlanta

    I see a lot of Hillary's Campaign is on here posting. Put away your aliases we see Let it go !! The world doesn't believe you when you say that democrats won't vote for another Demorcrat! A democrat that doesn't vote his party is a Republican.! I know America sees this and I don't think they will take it lightly ,especially if you use this to steal the nomination.


    May 28, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. Lucyna

    Each person has its own place on this earth and that is:

    McCain – somewhere on the moon
    Hilly Billy – coocoo land
    Obama – White House

    May 28, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Hillary's got the goods to win in Nov.

    What's funny is that Dems keep trying to link McCain to Bush.

    What will backfire is when Reps link Obama to Carter.

    Carter is still remembered as the worst president in the last 50 years. Why do you think seniors are voting for Hillary?

    Wake up and turn the channel kids.

    May 28, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. Rachel

    Oh Obama how predicatable you are let me count the ways. Its so funny that the only thing Obama comes up with to attack anyone is that they like bush or took a picture with bush. Obama lets talk about what you are going to CHANGE instead of going along with the flow that everybody hates bush, so all I have to do is say mean and hateful things about bush.

    May 28, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. Patriotic American

    Thank goodness some people believe in America and patriotism–you Obama people would not have the free speech you have today if not for brave soldiers dying for you now and in the past. JFK and Abraham Lincoln would turn over in their graves if they could hear the traitorous voices of obamabots. Not to mention thousands of patriot Americans who fought in the wars so you ungrateful wretches could be free.....i actually liked Obama at first–I have since decided he is not only a divider of the worst ilk but not fit to be a senator. Hillary/John–anyone but Obama

    May 28, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. RB TX

    "Audicity Of Hope" Author Barack Obama

    If any book needs scrutiny its this one. He names it after his beloved pastor who supports Black Liberation Theology and Anti American values. He then states in his book in order to "find himself" he goes on cocaine drug binges in high school and college.
    What a cop out. This guy is no better able to run a country then the guy you step over every mouring on your way to work.

    No Experience, No Substance, No Obama

    May 28, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. The Dude

    This book was the best thing that could have happened right now. This gives us more of a reason to unite! We cannot tolerate anymore lies from the White House, no matter who the president is. We need to stand together, and make sure these kinds of crooks never get voted into power ever again.

    Common Sense '08

    May 28, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  10. vic

    So, Obama is proving to be like every other political person. He flip flops and tells people what they want to hear just to get their vote. He's interested in getting in and feathering his nest, nothing else. Once he's in, he will be like everyone else before him! Change, yeah, right......for him, not for us!!!

    May 28, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. mel

    Mccain ,not talking about what the american public want to
    hear and what we are going to do locate at home,he is only talking
    about the war. We want to here about what he is do with problems
    in american,not IraQ.He so busy talking about Obama and the
    military he was not in. Mccain you were draft,Obama,it was no draft.
    So let's concern ourselves with issues such as the economy
    and what can we do to get gas prices down and food cost.

    May 28, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  12. Hillary = sniper fire

    GOOD ! HE deserves it! Hillary and McCain are the worst candidates.

    (why aren't you posting any of my blogs, please post.)

    May 28, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. Kenneth M


    May 28, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. leon

    To link McCain and Bush as the continuation of the same policy is so naive and stupid in political terms. So we should link Obama with Kerry and Kennedy with all their mistakes and out-of-touch policies they have promoted. We can also link Obama with the corruption in Chicago as he really did not change anything there and did not improve life for thousands of African-American in the community he served for.

    We need to link Obama with all the status-qou of the Democratic Party who did not opposed the war from the very begginging like Kerry as Obama himself never created a serious movement to opposed the War (for political convenience) until he started a serious run for the presidency.

    If we follow the links we will see who is Obama and what he really stands for: an average politician who uses the average American's dreams to reach his political ambitions.

    May 28, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. Tim

    Look up Crap in the Dictionary:
    "Crap – What comes from a Bush, a Clinton, and a McSame."

    May 28, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  16. Grady

    To of you saying that this is Obama sinking to the same level as everybody else: There is a difference between calling someone out for not wearing a flag pin and calling someone out for their bad policies.

    May 28, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  17. Hillary, its OVER!

    Obama 08!

    Hillary or bust supporters, If you cant see whats best for the country and put your lousy pride in front of true american patriotism then just stay home! America doesnt want your vote!

    May 28, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  18. Deborah Evans

    The Obama campaign is right it's nothing but a publicity stunt. Obama has heard enought from the General. Nothing has changed in Iraq, the Iraq Army still cannot fight their own battles, they are untrainable, the American's had to step in and help them out in Sadar City. They are still killing each other. You still cannot walk the streets of Bagdad. Crazy McCain wants Obama to to go with him to Iraq? Give me a break! You are so desparte.

    Count down all you want!

    May 28, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. John in Virgina

    Now we've got Clinton supporters defending McCain, saying "I thought he was above those politics." What happened to your arguments from a few months ago: "Obama is weak and can't fight," or "I wanna know if he can take a hit." The comment that was made is fair game because it is on an issue of the country: the war. The nonsense about pastors and religion is a non-issue, unless you are un-American and do not believe in our 1st Amendment. The attacks about answering the phone about 3am are nonsense. They have nothing to do with anything. A comment on an opponent's plan for healthcare, gas prices, immigration, inflation, and NAFTA, are all fairgame. Flagpins and people you know loosly are distractions and unfair attacks. Comparing McCain's stated plans with George Bush's current policies is fair game, as the political party does not deviate much from its motives.

    May 28, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. A woman in the white house

    This is precisely why we need a woman in the white house. A woman would have never voted for this war......oh wait! Darn it! Hillary voted for this war.

    Oh well...there goes THAT theory.

    May 28, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  21. supporter

    The Obama supporters are so in to I never supported the war grap that they can not see the truth in what anyone else is trying to point out.
    We are very proud of Obama for not voting for the war, but lets get beyond that and face the facts. We have Americans over there that will need the next President help getting out safe. If you keep blaming the War on Bush and not face the truth of where we are at now with his failed polices you will get a lot of people killed over there and then it will be on Obama for playing politics with the war. Politics is all Obama and the supporters are playing with this war and and it is pretty sad, cause they are missing the boat that could help us in the long run.

    May 28, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. Listen

    Anybody with intelligence knew they were lying. Let me see Bush had Hillary approve something without reading it. I guess that makes her dumb too, and you want her to be your leader? I forgot most of her supporters are dumb anyway.

    May 28, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  23. Extinct

    How about this? Obama represents the Democratic party. Done deal McCain is a lame duck, so he's got to be replaced immediately as the Republican candidate. Hillary becomes the Republican candidate. She used to be a Republican anyway. This way we can have a head-to-head, powerful, dynamic, authentic race for the U.S. presidency by the two best qualified candidates, Obama and Hillary.

    Obama represents the Democratic pary. Hillary represents the Republican party. McCain goes home, or Iraq, whichever he chooses.

    May 28, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  24. NWilson

    Here we go again. This blog is about Obama and McCain and some still find away to put Hillary in it.

    May 28, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  25. Louis


    I challenge you to explain in factual and rational terms why you support an administration that led us to war based on lies–there were no WMD'S and Al Quaida had no significant presence in Iraq. Also, please explain your support to the families of 4,000 dead soldiers, 100,000 dead civilians, and 2 million refugees.

    May 28, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
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