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. Arkansas Undertaker

    The RACIST FEMINIST HATERS are in rare form today!

    BARACK OBAMA 08 & 12

    May 28, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. Jim

    Now here's a guy showing desparation. If he wants to keep portraying McCain as Bush, all McCain has to do is then compare himself to hundreds of democarats (including many Obama supporters) that have voted exactly as he has. Now who's out-of-touch.

    May 28, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. BillJ

    I'm so glad that I do not have a life, this way I can write the views that I'm thinking about. What a world, and because of CNN I would rather sit here and type away rather then mow the lawn.

    May 28, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. aliou FL

    McSame, McBush, Mc100yearswar, Mctooldtobepresident.

    May 28, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  5. Junebug

    Hillary all the way......................................................

    May 28, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  6. Violet

    To Go Hill:

    Re Roe vs. Wade: The president makes the appointments to the Supreme Court. If McCain is elected, he will appoint justices who will overturn Roe vs. Wade. You won't have a say. Oh well, it's back to coat hangers in back alleys like women used to do before abortion was legal.

    May 28, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  7. Agnostic Democrat

    If Hillary is a fraction of the candidate she and her supporters claim to be then why isn't she winning? She isn't and that's the only fact. Silence ... Don't speak ... Silence ... Don't spin ... Silence ... Don't lie at least once a day like Hillary, Bill or Chelsea ... Silence ... Don't be delusional off your medication ... Silence ... Is golden!!!

    May 28, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  8. David D Kollie

    This is one thing I'm asking of CNN. Please compare past Presidential Administrations' Press Secreatary resignations with the Bush's administration press secreatary resignation. If Bush's press secreatary resignations equip to any past administration press secreatary resignation then McClellan lied in his book.
    Why did Colin Power resign?
    Why did Ari resign?
    why did McClellan resign?
    Why did Snow resign?
    I think McClellan is serving his conscience. He wants to be truthful to the American People.

    May 28, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. Conservative Buyer- CA

    I'm surprised GWBUSH is not in JAIL by now.




    McClellan's book is a confession and grounds for a GWBush investigation.

    May 28, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  10. New Sensation

    Leon, you are a fool. If you like Hillary, but would go turncoat in a second, then you are a fool. Hillary's campaign represents none of the issues McCain stands for! So you are betraying your own beliefs and convictions if you support a loser like McCain. Don't do it, or you and people like you will be branded fools.

    May 28, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  11. Libby

    So typical of the democrats. A bunch of generic fluff and nonsense but no substance. Can anyone tell me what obama stands for?

    OOOps, I take it back- he stands for change!!! WOW..... Brilliant!!!! Yeap, that qualifies him to become our president.

    We are scraping the bottom of the barrel when someone like obama is actually in contention.... VERY SAD!!

    May 28, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  12. Clinton Supporter

    Of course it's unlikely Clinton will be nominated, you sexist elitist pigs running the Democratic Party will see to that. What would be the reaction if we had racist remarks at the level we get the sexist crap? What if someone referred to Barack's organs or put out a tap dancing doll? I bet you boys would be all over it. I'm voting McCain because he hasn't yet revealed anything like the misogynistic views of Democrat "king" makers. If he turns out to be a woman hater, I'll vote for Nader, or I won't vote at all. I don't give a flying one what happens to the Supreme Court, Iraq or the economy. I've lived through these things for most of my life, and I'll just keep on going.

    May 28, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  13. Twin Otter

    What's so difficult to understand? Liberals have a lot money to waste, and they love fiction (see Re-count, or Re-tard for details.) So this book sells. Scott is just being a good businessman by playing to the naive market.

    May 28, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  14. suz

    Listen to McCain–serously.
    From Audacity of Hope: 'I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.'

    May 28, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. Cirrus Franks

    Obama is again confused. Bush is not running this fall.

    May 28, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |





    GO HILLARY 08!

    May 28, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  17. dar

    People, Read different thoughts then the ones you have always had. Be open to the possibility that while the parties have differing ideologies, they people themselves. for the most part of decent, patriotic citizens. Why must you continue to judge with the most terrible motivations for people. I prefer Hillary Clinton because I feel she will be the most moderate. She has a lot of experience, but will also bring change. I believe she can beat McCain precisely because she knows how to deal with politics. Obama cares for the US and does a war heroe like John McCain. Superdlegates be careful.

    May 28, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |


    May 28, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  19. Venus

    This explains why we are the only country still in Iraq!!!

    No wonder Bushie/McWar doesn't know how to get out of Iraq!!

    Go Bam!

    May 28, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  20. John

    The Obama group are already firing McCain on the Mcllellan's book about President Bush! What if the writer is wrong? Americans know what became of the war.The republicans will vote for McCain,regardless.In anycase very few repulicans vote for democrats.There goes the republicans for Obama!!!

    May 28, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  21. Vic

    Not fair to use Bush's actions with which to attack Senator John McCain. We all know about Bush's record and his poll tanking with all citizens. This has absolutely zero to do with John McCain, who has a sterling reputation with the American people as someone who is honest and experienced to run our country. And how we need him to restore our good name on the world stage.

    May 28, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  22. praham

    MCcain and Bush must go away

    May 28, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  23. ginger

    Can someone please explain to me why this is news? I knew from day one we should not have gone to war against Iraq. Yes, I wanted Osama Bin Laden captured and tried in our courts, but I was shocked as hell when our country invaded Iraq. From day one this war based on a lie and I didn't need to read someone's book five years later to confirm it.

    By the way, some of comments on this blog sound like 5 year olds.

    May 28, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  24. Susan

    LOL: he is counter pointing McCains claim on Iraq. That is not attacking. Just proving his point the McBush is wrong. Wath McBush telling us how we tried to talk to Iran for 20 years. The US has had NO contact with Iran since Regan took office. Obama is going to point out everytime McBush is wonr. OBAMA 08!

    May 28, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  25. Why Blame Bush for the War?

    Bush didn't/doesn't have the smarts. Blame Cheney - he was/i's the REAL power in the White House. And McCain is nothing like Cheney. McCain can shoot straight!

    May 28, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
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