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. mel

    Mr. Bush did This I believe and Mr Mccain will follow his
    footstep.I think Mccain fail us all as president,he will not
    be for the american peoples,but the war and more american tax
    dollar spent and we are loosing homes,jobs,and not making
    enough income to keep up with the rising cost foof,gas.

    May 28, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    How can you call Obama an appeaser just because he wants to bring the troops back home? And this despite the fact that McCain and his team of warmongers want to keep on fighting a war that should not have been fought in the first place!!

    Barack has good judgment and intelligence....He will pay heed to the ground situation and plan a careful, strategic withdrawal...But McCain's just wedded to the whole war business and he is holding on to it like an impetuous child who refuses to see reason even when the truth is staring him in the face!!!!

    May 28, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. GO HILL!

    PA leon a shiney object? he seems to have distracted you 🙂

    May 28, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. The Oracle of Delaware

    Hey Hillary is A Okay. I just finished playing 18 holes of golf. My opponent had me at the end of 15 holes, but I turned on the steam and on the 18th hole I made a birdie to his triple bogie. Now don't tell me nothing could happen. It did and it can.

    Go Hilliary beat this lying SOB who claims parentage to Bush, the King of England and his grand pappy the cook liberated all the Jews from concentration camps in 1945.

    Give me a break. obombus will say and do anything to win.

    May 28, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. Franky

    IIf I were Obama, I'd respond by stating , I'm running a campaign, trying to earn the support of the American people, once I have earned that support I'll have the right to be in Iraq.

    May 28, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. JB Merced

    Bush lied to us?

    May 28, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  7. GO HILL!

    Shawn T....I don't like Bush anymore than most dems, my point was, McCain is NOT Bush. Notice how I said Bush's FAILURES????? McCain is a moderate, why do you think the right wingers hate him???? Dems do have tremendous respect for McCain, we moderate dems that is. BO is much toooooo liberal. I'm all for protecting Roe, but making the choice to kill a baby that survives a late term abortion just seems toooo much like out-right murder to me. BO has some very liberal ideas.

    May 28, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. Randy - Denver

    All I can say is WOW the supporters of Ms. Clinton must be frusterated AND desparate, they cannot seem to get on the blogs without crying that Ms. clinton would be soooo much better, except for the mnor fact that she is unelectable! Do you honestly believe that come the real election all those Republicans that came out for bush in the last tow elections, all those independants who support Mr. Obama (myself included) would EVER vote for Ms. Clinton? Simple answer not now not ever!

    As for Mr. Obama using this book to tie bush to Mr. mcCain, while I do not think it is his best move, I think it is appropriate since Mr. McCain has attacked him over not visiting Iraq as if somehow walking around on a guided tour ssurrounded by armed guards seeing only what is "sfae" for you to see would enlighten ANYONE as to the realities on the ground. Heck for all his visits Mr. McCain still does not know the difference between Shi'ia and Sunni or whenter he has an armed guard surrounding him or not or even if the Humvee he is riding in is armoured or not. visiting doesn't seem to have helped him much.

    May 28, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. jimmy velman


    May 28, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. Maya

    Obama is acting like he is the president he doesn't even get the nomination the democrat will be making a big mistake if they nominate mr. clueless , no experience, lack of judgement,opportunist, divider, arrogant, I have it all Obamanot.

    May 28, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. Chamorrita60

    McCain is also TOASTS. This books just slams the Bush's goonies and McCain supported these idiots from day one. So he's going to get so burned come November. He's trying his "bully gaffe" at Sen. Obama, but it's going to come back and BITE HIM in his behind big time.

    McCain is STILL having problems with Rev. Haggee and NOW in the news they are tying his buddy Joe Lieberman to the Rev. Haggee biggots!!

    McCain is just nothing but a joke, this whole "straight talk express" is laughable at this point in time and is going to become even funnier come November when the Democrats eat him alive!!

    May 28, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  12. EVP

    All you Hillary fans , You can't see that it's not Hillary for President its Bill , He did not do nothing the 8 yrs he was there ...wants 4 more duhhhh.......Obama 08

    May 28, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  13. R.O.B.


    OBAMA '08

    May 28, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  14. kplayaja

    sad... and to think we fell for it twice! two terms! MY GOD, we are a dumb nation sometimes!

    May 28, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  15. henrie alabama


    May 28, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  16. QuietStormX

    This just adds to what I thought of President BUSH and his staff. Liars they are. There was no reason for the IRAQ war. President Bush should be impeached then dropped off in the middle of IRAQ and explain to the American people and parents of troops lost in the lie. The Republicans are toast this November. John McCain let this go on and still support this failed war that should have never happened.

    Washington, D.C.

    May 28, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. Koruth

    I do not understand the democrats. Hillary Clinton always blame on right wing media and right wing politicians for every thing. This time she can not do that because Obama is more the left than the leftist.

    Theses are the people who cried to count every vote against every law in the book, in the year 2000 election. Now the same democrats saying that the votes does not matter - the party elders matter like the Afghanistan tribal elders. What a difference it makes when it comes to convenience and their own benefits.

    When you look at the middle eastern history, Obama is right. No Wars changed the minds of any Arabs. They never learned any lessons from the war. We should pull out the troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. Then Obama will go and talk to them. They will listen to him because he is their half brother. That is a win-win situation: we do not loose our troops and Arabs have their harmony.

    May 28, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  18. lexel

    Hmmm....a very smart political retort. Mccain will get outmaneuvered again. Foreign policy is the main strength for Mccain for this election. However, I hope he doesn't dwell on it too much as McClellan's book seems to backfire on him and haunt his stance over Iraq war.

    May 28, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  19. Ted:Canada

    Time to impeach the republican administration. Start the legal proceedings and law suits! Kids have died at the hands of incompetent people.

    May 28, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  20. Dems.... Relax

    Um, why is everyone saying that Obama's new politics means he can't attack his opponent? His new politics means; not pandering to people, telling the American people the truth, and not PERSONALLY attacking anyone (you know like calling Hillary a liar or McCain a crazy person, even though they attack his character, patriotism, and religion at every turn). He just sticks to the issues which is a new kind of politics because they ususally spend so much time coming up withscandals, we never really get to the actual policies. Also this thing about him "stealing" Clinton's ideas? He's had those, they happen to be a lot alike. Did Edwards steal Universal Healthcare? Obama didn't do the gas tax thing, so no he doesn't copy. They are from the same party, so of course they have similar ideas, keep up with the rest of us, ok?
    He's talking about working with each other to get things accomplished instead of this "I'm a Dem" and "I'm a Repub", and arguing so much nothing ever gets finished. So, I agree. I have actually READ all their policies and that's why I support Obama. But if Clinton won I would very reluctantly vote for her because we as a country deserve more. Oh, and if you're one of those "I judge Obama by the people on the blogs" then you are just grasping at straws. I judge Clinton by Clinton and you should judge him by the same.

    May 28, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  21. Fred

    McCain is a Idiot. He could run a coolaid stand.

    May 28, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  22. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Why are we Democrats worried about John McCain?

    When was the last time a war hero won the Presidency?

    I think it was Eisenhower, and I wasn't even born yet!

    May 28, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  23. MD

    Obama probably didn't read the book. Then again, maybe his uncle read it to him.

    May 28, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  24. carolflowery

    duh, wow, who would have thunk it, mcclellan is like Obama, show me the money, and i will backstab anybody

    May 28, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  25. Brett from Austin, TX

    Ah, the politics of hope as employed by Mr. Obama himself. Haha. You'd think the book was written about McCain and not Bush. This is becoming a little offensive now...

    May 28, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
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