May 30th, 2008
02:25 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain admits mistake in using Petraeus picture for fundraising

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" A fundraising e-mail sent to McCain supporters Thursday."]

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (CNN) - John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee for president, said he was wrong to use an image of Gen. David Petraeus in fundraising material, and it "will not happen again."

His admission came hours after the Barack Obama campaign criticized an e-mail showing McCain shaking hands with the general who has been commanding U.S forces in Iraq.

It was not the first time McCain had used the picture of himself with Petraeus; it appeared on the candidate's website for several days in April before being taken down.

McCain has been hammering Obama for days over the length of time been since the Democratic front-runner last visited Iraq, mentioning Friday it was "873 days."

"I have visited Iraq on many occasions because I think the most vital decision that any president of the United States can make has got to be about the security of this nation and the lives of the young Americans who are serving," McCain said in an e-mail to supporters sent Thursday afternoon.

Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently took the unusual step of admonishing all members of the military to stay out of politics as the presidential campaign heats up.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (362 Responses)
  1. Frosty

    Why does McCain claim Gen. Patreaus? The general is serving the country not the GOP... please let that be known. McCain is a parasite...he's not even good at that.

    May 30, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. Benjamin

    The only security we need is the security of the US of A and NOT Iraq. Someone should tell John McSame.

    May 30, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. Wally

    Soldiers know their own.

    May 30, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. a vote for MCCain is a vote for the same

    John McCain just doesn't know how to tell the truth..I just saw a video of some of the lies this man as said and its crazy..We all know and appreciate what he has done for our country but that doesn't mean he will be a good president..A vote for MCShame is a vote for the same mess we have been going through for the past 7 years.He says we are winning in Iraq tell that to the over 20,000 wounded soldiers and the family of the over 4,000 that have died..I ask this question Where is Osama Bin Laden the man who was responsible for 9-11 because until he is found we are not safe and we sure isn't winning

    May 30, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Chris

    I think Dole should just stick with working around his lawn, it seems he is suffering a first stage of sinility,may be it is is age. Scott
    Maclellan has every right to express his opinion, afterall look at who is referring to, useless individuals at the head of our government.

    May 30, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. Aaron M

    Am I missing something? This article says Mr. McCain has pulled the ad and said it was "wrong" to use the picture of himself and Gen. Petraeus, but it doesn't do a dang thing to explain *why* it was wrong. I mean, did the general complain he didn't give his permission? Was there some kind of copyright issue? What, exactly, did the Obama campaign say in its criticism of the McCain ad? Hello?

    May 30, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. Chi4Obama

    Here's one good reason why Obama hasn't visited Iraq yet.

    Maybe it's because he is currently in the midst of a heated primary race to be President. You may have heard of it. It's called the Democratic Primary.

    May 30, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. VacationLand Iraq?

    Uhhh John? Here in the 21st Century, it's possible to find out a great deal about Iraq or any other subject without taking a horse and buggy and going to see the place. There's a big, wonderful thing called "The Internet". Try it sometime. You'll note you found out a lot about retirement homes without actually having to visit them!

    May 30, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. marie

    McPain is another Bush. Please go away.

    May 30, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. guy

    Obama should send one of his military advisor there first if he decides to go to Iraqi. He will only be shown what benefits McCain view of the war. He nor anyone else will not be able to know the actual truth, because No one has National Security Clearance to know what the Commander in Chief Bush is doing

    May 30, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. WayBack

    Iraq is McCain's baby. Of course he's going to visit more often. Seeing McCain walk a predetermined path in the Green Zone in a bullet resistant vest with people all around him doesn't look like a safe place to be. Things may be better in some sense but McCain doesn't measure political progress in Iraq he counting bodies and the body count will continue as long as the Iraq leaders continue to bury their heads when it comes to taking control of their country.

    May 30, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. McCain is CRASY !

    People, McCain is totally crasy....

    He suffers heavy post traumatic syndrome and his psychiatric record are kept secret.

    That guy is totally psycho. He is unnable to separate his vietnam experience from the irak current situation.

    He is in a psychological state where he is still suffering from the Vietnam surrender. He is using Irak to heal his own pain. By dealing with Irak as if it was Vietnam, and keeping the war going on, he is psycholocally healing with the pain he's been feeling for years.
    It s a psychological need to create the situations that make you suffer in order to solve them once for all.

    He is overwelmed by is souvernirs and therefore is unable to see that the situations are not comparable. We are in an occupation in irak, and You dont surrender from an occupation, you withdraw.

    McCain lives the idea of withdrawing as a surrender, that revives his pain.

    That guy has issues and should not be president. Decisions based on psycholocal traumatism lack in logic and good sense.


    May 30, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. Mike

    Appearantly making multiple trips to Iraq has not helped Senator McCain to see that the current course of action is not working. Maybe he should stay away from Iraq for 873 days or so, it might help his judgment.

    May 30, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. don guidry

    all the monkeys have escaped from zoos and have taken over. And all we now have is monkey business. Something has to change. How does monkeys control anything?.

    May 30, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. B Not for obama

    Leave it to Obama to cry foul again. Where is the race card now ? Hillary has probably been to Iraq more than Obamaie . Go back to Chicago and listen too more of your church , they even got a white catholic preacher to help spread the word of hate and racism. 20 yrs. and still learning. Democrats unite against this man Obama . New slogan " nobama ever ,yes we can " . His type of change is what will destroy this country. Collin Powell would have been a great candidate for either party and would have been given alot of respect , Obama losing respect daily and will lose this race. Just more of the Chicago politics. He has lost my families votes, too much hate for the white race being taught at his home . Post this CNN

    May 30, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. Constantine

    McCain is all military but has no idea about economy, social issues, healthcare, education. There is no great country without strong social health and education system – With JM, America's economic power that has already been bushed will obviously get worse and other nations like, China, India, Russia, Brasil etc. will rise...

    May 30, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. wycliffe, NJ


    May 30, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. Andrew

    I feel like throwing up, they are trying to brainwash people again.
    And also we see erratic people like the clergyman from chicago, and Rev Wright, but it doesn't have the same story tail like Hagee, Obama's is more out of line according to pundits, if it is not unfair i don't know. You can say all you want when you are supporting McCain and you get a tap in the back, said something against somebody when having a relation with Obama, all hell breaks loose. I feel like thowing up.

    May 30, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. don guidry

    A all the monkeys have escaped from zoos and have taken over. And all we now have is monkey business. Something has to change. How do monkeys control anything?.

    May 30, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. Felly

    John McCain is a flip flopper.

    May 30, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. kenny cole

    Mccain is just a stupid old man when i look at him i see a lier,power and war monger he make me sick crying he's not going to surrender,surrender to who? for unjust war? this people act like kids some time

    May 30, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. Terry Richmond, Va.

    Bush Jr at it again!

    May 30, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. KB

    Of course McCain has visited Iraq several times. He has no concern for the tropps. He sees it is okay to our tropps in harms way so he can walk through a market for a photo op. As long as it is good for McCain nothing else matters. Also, why not consume tax payers dollars for a politically beneficial trip. Nothing he does in Iraq matters. Perhaps if McCain could read he could read what the generals and those on the ground are saying and he wouldn't have to go to Iraq wasting taxpayers money and putting our troops at risk.

    May 30, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. Joe

    If his choice is to use a picture of General Petraeus or President Bush (the guy that is actually trying to raise money for his campaign), I can understand why Senator McCain would choose the General. But in fact, it is the failed policies of the President Bush (both domestically and abroad) that Senator McCain has said he supports and wants to continue. No use sullying General Petraeus' name (or any of the other brave men and women who serve in our military) with that type of effort.

    May 30, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. Superdelegate Bob

    I just don't get why people think McThuseleh has such high standards. Afterall, he was one of the Keating Five, and he used his influence to keep his wife from going to jail for stealing drugs from her own charity. More recently is this whole mess with him trying to subvert the campaign finance laws. He's not a typical polititian, he's much worse!

    May 30, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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