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.

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soundoff (362 Responses)
  1. Vito, Spring Hill Florida


    If MCain can't control his campaign people how is he going to control his administration if he's elected. Its easy to say he didn't know, and condem their actions. What will he do when they invade a nation without his approval.

    May 30, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. Jason CA

    Typical straight-talk-express..........

    use people as long as you can, then repudiate them.

    I am honored that mcCain served his country with such courage.... but that does not mean he can plaster pictures of people into his ad campaigns when he thinks it will give him an advantage.

    May 30, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. ket

    CNN you should look at Huffington post they are at least reporting the gaff that JM made. Maybe this can be reported right after your peice on the Obama preacher.

    May 30, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. D Frank

    Dole is obviously peeved at McClellan. I have no problem with anyone coming out with the truth as long it is the truth.

    As the saying goes "The truth will set you free" . If there were lies and cover ups in the Bush administration and if it comes out so be it.

    The President was not elected or hired by "the people" to prosecute his own illegal agenda. The People of America are the ones who are in charge not the President because he works for us. It is at the will of the people that President Bush was given the mandate to govern honestly. That is the contract and if in future, information is uncovered which proves any wrong doing, then there should be consequences. History will in the end, be the judge of this administration.

    Isn't it about time that Americans really carefully analyse the candidates that they are considering? It just seems as if we are all being manipulated by advertisements where the substance of each candidate is only glossed over.

    Bush was an inexperienced candidate in 2000 and we elected him over Gore because Gore seemed to be less popular, boring, stiff but had great ides. He wasn't the guy that you could sit down and share a beer so to speak. It just seems to me that America is again making the same mistake in Obama. The difference is that when Bush took over, the economy was in great shape and we were not at war and he had a great start.

    Now America is hell bent on voting in another novice because he says the right things and he sounds great on stage and he is the popular choice but not the best experienced choice. Just think if Gore had won would America be in this mess?? You know what the answer is.

    If America picks Obama because he is the popular "in thing" with no basis other than that he wants change (change to what – please explain) , is that the wise choice at this time??? Do you think we should take that chance again? He has already made serious gaffs and right now America has to make good choices not take chances.

    May 30, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Will in Richmond, VA

    "It won't happen again"

    It's already happened twice, Mr. McCain. What are you trying to pull?

    May 30, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. Lewis

    So, the new strategy is to act irresponsibly to do damage to the opponent, apologize, and claim righteousness because you apologized?

    Try this on:

    John McCain eats babies.

    I'm sorry, I shouldn't have said that.

    I'm a pretty good guy. You should vote for me.

    May 30, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. Blaising

    McBush is starting to show the early signs of alzhiemers.

    It's all there in his medical report...if you had time to dig.

    May 30, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. shelly

    Old Man Yells at Cloud

    May 30, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. What do YOU know

    This Hipocrisy is intolerable. McCain would be the second worst president in history should the ineducated morons of this country somehow manage to vote him into office. First obviously being GWB. This feeble old man is living in the past and needs to be put out to pasture because the intellectual side of america already knows that he will lose a landslide election to barack obama, rightly so.

    May 30, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Franny Hernandez OR

    gonna give that money back? you could just dip into your wife's beer money.

    May 30, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. marylee wagerman atlanta,ga


    May 30, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. What do YOU know

    And no, I don't give a crap about kentucky hillbillys, west virginia racism, pennsylvania illiteracy. if you wanted to change perception, you would do it already instead of just merely crying everytime you're slighted. You don't run this country, and your backwards opinions are irrelevant in a modern society. take the evangelicals with you; slime of the earth they appear to be.

    May 30, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. Rom, NY

    McShame is a loser !!!
    His place is at a retire room and that's where he'll go after Nov

    May 30, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Ted van Tol

    A shamefull conclusion by McCain.
    He don't mentioned the childeren that
    died in the years before!
    The death of all your young soldiers. For wat?
    Just for the "warlords" who thinks that they are heros.
    "my frends, I wil never surrender in Iraque" said McCain.
    Obama will not surrender, he will bring the troops home
    and let the Iraq people take care of there one country.
    He can and will support them without a war.
    That will make this world a safer place for everyone.

    Obama, you can, I am sure you can!

    With love from the Netherlands

    May 30, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. Robert, Bryan TX

    What's wrong with this guy Mullen? If the military has an opinion, why shouldn't they be heard?

    Would they support Obama, Clinton, or McCain? Inquiring minds want to know!!!

    May 30, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Mark Webb


    May 30, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Ed from Milwaukee(WI-Swing state)

    Will McCain ever admit that his vote for the decision to invade Iraq was wrong? Or that his economy plan is similar to Bush’s and that he wants to continue 4 more years of the Bush antics. Ultimately, all it reveals to the American People is that his so called experience is useless and reckless.

    May 30, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. Dave in VA

    Senator McCain, I hope you spend as much time in hospitals (over here), doctor's offices, pharmacies, and insurance companies as you do parading around Iraq in your bulletproof vest so you'll have a handle on the health care debacle.

    How 'bout fixing some problems that actually affect Americans. I can draw you up a long list.

    May 30, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. Mike in Calgary

    John McCain promised to run an honourable campaign. I wish he would simply HONOUR THAT PROMISE and then let Americans vote for the CHANGE they deserve!


    May 30, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. White Veteran for Obama or Hillary

    Boy, the media is trying to crucify McClellan. If the book was a negative book about Clinton or Obama, the media would be chomping at the bit and not asking questions that are really trying to paint McClellan in a better light.

    I don't expect CNN to post this, however, I thought I would give it a try anyway.

    CNN, and especially old Wolf Blitzer are trying to help McCain. I believe old Blitzer is a very good friend to the Traitorous Lieberman.

    May 30, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. What if?

    Be honest McCain, a MISTAKES? right.

    May 30, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  22. RHP

    McCain should sit down and shut up! If I were he, I'd hesitate to point out that I had visited Iraq and tied up valuable military resources so often. Besides, how much can one learn when wrapped in a security bubble? Judging from McCain's position on the topic, apparently very little.

    May 30, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. aaron from minneapolis

    He must have lost his bearings.

    May 30, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. one nation under god!!!!

    No need to appologise we know you have the presidency locked up.Go on and take a picture with your new chairman of the joint chiefs.Only the media and some snot nosed college punks believe your not gonna be president.

    no surrender

    May 30, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. Barack Obama 44th president

    McSame is a LIAR !

    To say it's a mistake this time after you have used the picture before is a lie and very stupid. I know he doesn't expect anyone to believe him.

    It's time for REAL change in Washington, it's time for Barack Obama for president !

    May 30, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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