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. marek

    yes and another senior moment for Mccain

    May 30, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  2. noemi of reason

    i got that e-mail from mcsame.
    i am already too sick of hilarious clinton and mcshame.

    May 30, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. bec

    the obama camp is such a bunch of crybabies. they complain over every little thing the other candidates do, but when the other candidates rightfully question obama, they cry foul, "nitpicking," "playing the old politics," etc. i can't wait until this election is over.

    May 30, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. Franklin

    Alright MILWAUKEE!!

    May 30, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. James, SC

    The can count another 400 days until he puts an end to disaster in American events.

    May 30, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Dr. Sam

    HE IS NOT ONLY WRONG ON THIS ONE, BUT WOULD'NT EVEN SUPPORT VETERANS. IT IS NOT JUST THE GI BILL! On many occasions, Sen. McCain failed to stand up for our veterans–but stands up for special interest lobbyists who are running his campaign. He thinks that all he has to do to confuse Americans is to shout "patriotism, honor and country." This propaganda based on the politics of fear, wouldn't do this time! MCCAIN IS AGAINST VETERANS ALL THE WAY. Here is a post by "Veterans Against McCain" on CNN blog today (May 30, 2008) that Americans should know about: Reasons why Veterans, active duty personnel, and anyone who cares about them should not vote for McCain: *AWOL for May 22nd vote on GI Bill. Expressed opposition to bill saying "it was too generous to Veterans". *Voted against Bill in September that would have mandated adequate rest for troops between combat deployments. *Voted No on $1.5-billion increase for Veteran Medical services (money would have come from closing corporate tax loophole). *Voted No on establishing a trust fund to bolster under-funded Veteran Hospitals. *Voted No in May 2006 against $20-billion allotment for expanding Veteran Medical Facilities. *Voted No in April 2006 to increase Veteran Outpatient care. *Voted No in March 2004 another $1.8-billion reserve for Veteran Medical care (again funded by closing corporate tax loopholes). Bottomline, McCain is more interested in taking care of big business then the men and women he wrongly sent to fight in Iraq

    Mccain's approach to this campaign is simply to have lobbyists write daily attacks against Sen. Obama–politics as usual. One of the people he hired for his campaign participated in developing the "Swift Boat" ad against Sen. Kerry. McCain is not interested in a "respectful campaign," as he once claimed. He wants to win at all cost and by whatever means–just like Hillary!

    May 30, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. Jeff

    I would think with John McCain's apparent lack of respect for our men and women in uniform, it would be inappropriate for any member of the US Armed Forces to find themselves within reach of John McCain's creepy, grubby little hands.

    The only reason a General should be speaking with McCain is to ask him why he is such a huge proponent of pre-emptive war, yet such a huge OPPONENT of Veteran's benefits.

    May 30, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. Viet Nam Vet

    Am I impressed he's shaking hand with a General?- -Nope!

    May 30, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. Vivienne

    Why do they always try to use the military to prop themselves up?

    May 30, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  10. Janet WV for Obama

    If McCain is so"concerned about the lives of the young Americans who are serving" he would realize that it is time to protect the lives of the brave soldiers who are serving by bringing them home. More than 4,000 lives are lost because we believed those who are in charge. Now we find out that all of it was based on lies. I hope Obama does go to Iraq, and brings the soldiers home with him.

    May 30, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  11. nj

    he should put McClellan's picture next time to make up for it.
    show off!!!

    obama 08' 12'

    May 30, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. AHerbert; San Diego, CA

    Well ... saying sorry after the dirty deed is done .... that is just wrong; as if we should think that pic with Petraeus was not well thought about by his camp. I am sure has gotten the attention he wanted to support his cause to stay in Iraq .... can he be even more transparent?

    May 30, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  13. Gaylon Barrow

    excuse me ccnnfor making a negative remark against kennedy and obama i might have known you wouldn't post it. so i wish that you and all the many supporter behind Obama MANY BLESSINGS. America is going to need them. Although there are some they STILL ARE NOT ENOUGH TO HAVE THE POPULAR VOTE OVER HILLARY. But I'm sure he will get the nominee. BECAUSE THE DNC CAN CONTROL THEIR, BOY!!!

    May 30, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  14. boered1

    I HATE to do this but I was not even given a real chance top post it where it should be so I apologize in advance.

    I am an Obama supporter. Understand that, I have NO place in my mind for someone who is so dishonorable to violate their signed word. I just want to make sure everyone knows that.

    now I will explain to you moronic Clintonistaqs WHY barack has so many friends in low places. Listen close, I am sure you will not understand but TRY to actually think just this once.

    If you work among the disadvanytaged, in areas that most Ameericans want to ignore and hope they somehow go away you WILL make friends wiht some of those people. You WILL NOT agree with everything they say but you WILL learn to understand them and even accept that they believe things you do not. Now if yuou live a life of luxary and the only contact you have with the disadvantaged is for some photo-op or you support them by having $1000 a plate dinners for charity you WILL NOT become friends with them, you WILL NOT EVER understand them.

    Now if I were somneone who wanted to elect a person who UNDERSTOOD the REAL problems of the downtrodden in America should I vote for the silver-spoon fed socialite having the expensive dinner parties or the one who has spent time in the trenches learning FIRST HAND about the problems and the people? Guess that reasoning is not your strong point if you do not see where this is going. If you work with those in the mud you sometimes get dirty. A final thought that might help sway your peanut sized minds When Jesus worked with the people he hung out with prostitutes and slime.. the people cried HOW CAN YOU DO THIS JESUS and he responded how???? Maybe you should RAED (if you are able) your bible and see his response.

    Moronic Clintonistas

    I now return you to the regularly scheduled rant.

    May 30, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  15. Obama 08

    Why not include the fact that McCain has no idea how many troops are in Iraq and when his error was pointed out to him, he refused to acknowledge it.

    Just more of the same Republican arrogance and stubbornness and Washington insiders with the Orwellian practice of if you repeat something enough it becomes "truth".

    May 30, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  16. David D Kollie

    That is not his first mistake. McCain does not know the different group of people fighting against US Troops. Senator Joseph L is McCain reminder. Do you remember McCain comment about shiite when Senator Joseph L. reminded him? McCain is loosing his bearings.

    May 30, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  17. JC

    I wonder if Gen. David Petraeus approved of this message.

    Obama 08!!!!

    May 30, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  18. Ty

    He is using sneaky tactics. His campaign should be fined for this. Plus who cares how many times Mccain has been to Iraq. We don't need to see fairy tale trips to Iraq on the news.

    May 30, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  19. Desmond Sequeira

    How much more pathetic can McCain and the Republicans get. They are going to beat this "war" horse till it is dead. Obviously, they have nothing else to harp on.

    Clearly they are running scared of OBAMA, the way they are carrying on!

    May 30, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  20. smw

    "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. "I still can't tell Sunnis from Shiites," he continued, "but I try to keep somebody nearby who knows the difference."

    May 30, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  21. barackobama44thpresident

    McSame is a LIAR!

    To say it's a mistake using the picture this time after he had used it before is a blatant lie and it's also very stupid. I know he doesn't think the American people believes this.

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

    May 30, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  22. andrew s. rostolder hillsdale nj

    you are senile, you are forgiven.........

    May 30, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  23. nic, bellingham wa

    How nice of him to admit his mistake. Anyone with a shred of morality can see that it's inappropriate to use the General in a political ad.

    May 30, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  24. Laura zinnger

    Stupid of mccain to misuse military personnel for political gain!

    May 30, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  25. Brian Knoxville, TN

    You know, speaking of pre-emptive war and thinking back to the way the media and the politicians all semed to have been afraid to appear unpatriotic in the aftermath of 9/11, maybe the fault isn't with the media or the politicians.

    Maybe the American public should take some responsibility for not speaking out more loudly to the media and to the politicians by, say, voting against the Republicans in 2002 and 2004.

    I agree with Jeff. Pre-emptive war as a policy of the U.S. was never going to turn out well. But there were elections. Why did it take until the election of 2006 for we the people to say "no more"?

    Just a thought.


    May 30, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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