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. sophia nyc

    The U.S. Military is not affiliated with a political party.. don't forget it McBush.

    May 30, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Dana

    Just go away already McCain.

    Obama 08

    May 30, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. issa

    Great ! without the military McCain will be a weak candidate.He doesnt
    understand the economy or the crisis our education system is facing.Too bad the Generals can not help.....

    May 30, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC


    The US has federal balanced budget laws. The law allows for unrestricted deficits during a time of war.

    May 30, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. Agnostic Democrat

    McSham using the same Bush tactics in a different guise. I would question McSham's "patriotism" in having to use General Patraeus as a shield while not being able to stand independently to defend his own principles or policies without all the "symbolism" and "posturing". What's next? A suit and hat made out of the American flag so he can run around looking like Uncle Sam with his plastic, surgically enhanced Cindy doll?

    May 30, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Crush Rush

    John thats bad now say your the way john tell me what "false flag" means.

    May 30, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. j

    I don't see that it matters one way or the other.

    Too bad there isn't some church authority to admonish clergy to refrain from engaging in politics. What a spectacle.

    May 30, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. Robert in Toronto,ON

    Hahaha – looks like someone got caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

    Yknow what I love though? First Clinton and now McCain, they say that and act like it's the "first time" anything like this has happened. Meanwhile they are always records of their gaffes long before! It's only now that they get caught a second time that they play all innocent!

    May 30, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. Tired of all the flap!

    Let me say this in laymen's terms so John McCain can understand his mistake, CONFLICT OF INTEREST. He should have known that he could not picture himself for a fundraiser with the military personnel who may be working under which his opponent may have to govern because he doesn't know if he is going to win this fall's election. Shame on you Mr. McBush crook!

    May 30, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. MB

    Typical of the something stupid, then says it was a mistake.

    May 30, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. Jamaal Kansas

    Mcshame you will go down in this election all you care about is going to war what you don't understand is war is not a game to be played just because you feel like. Mcshame is trying to hide behind his war creditentals

    May 30, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. OH

    Just one of the many wrongs you have done and said Senator McCain.

    You are the straight talk guy but lately your talk is nothing but twist and turns.

    It is not surprising that you are in George Bush pocket.

    May 30, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. Cooper

    Mccain will do and say anything to get elected. This is no different from the Republicans usual tactics. Mccellan says it all about these folks. I for one was not surprised. You remember MISSION ACCOMPLISHED? Enough said already.

    May 30, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. Brain Dead ZOMBIE

    If Obama is chosen and loses the election then Hillary is the only one to blame because she has brainwashed her week minded supporters not to vote for the Democratic party.
    As this drags out it becomes difficult for her to fix what she has done.

    Any Democrat at this point should win against the Bushes 3rd term that is if the Brain Dead Zombies wake up.

    How many more innocent lives will be lost in the next 4 to 8 yrs? How many more trillions will be spent?

    Wake up Zombies!!!!!

    Paid for by the Democratic party 2008

    May 30, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. Maya

    Barack Hussein Obama has a lot of questions to answer to the american people, the hateful messages that came out of his latest friend pastor Pfleger is not doing any good for this country, Obama's presence create more division in america, there is no way that Hillary supporters are going to rally behind him if he is the nominee.
    After all those hates, bashings on Hillary what is it going to take to heal those wounds inflicted on her supporters, I can speak fo myself now, I am not going to forget in november.

    May 30, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. Olivia

    I find it very curious that Obama haven't rubbed elbows with the troops since he wants to be commander-in-chief. Really, did he think that supportive words would suffice and he then could spend his time on more important things, like campaigning?

    I'm not a republican, but I don't see how he can complain about McCain when it comes to ads and military things. He's no comparison , he comes off as a vocal novice. Hillary have visited with our troops many times, dangerous times, so he'd better not critizise her.

    May 30, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  17. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Wow, you mean that McCain just admitted he made a mistake, just like that, without equivocating or getting all evasive the way Obama has?

    Sorry, Obamanots, McCain is not Bush. And the Obama campaign had better come up with something better than the fallacy that they're running against Bush. It won't work. But, hey, they don't have anything else to run on. Obama's experience... joke. Obama's judgment... he did give a speech in 2002, but otherwise the myth of his superior judgment is a joke.

    Obama, please exit the race next week so that you can save yourself from a humiliating defeat in Nov and so that Hillary Clinton can run a serious campaign against McCain.


    May 30, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  18. Jim

    This warmonger call McCain will do anything to outraise Obama.

    May 30, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. Venus

    Ha,ha,ha,haaaaaaa! So much for the Commander-In-Chief and Leadership McSame!!! We invaded a country over lies!

    What I would like to know is how many of our troops have been killed in Iraq in 873 days Mc Cain? And how many people of that country have been killed?

    Also – how much money have we spent in Iraq in 873 days?

    Go Obama! The Iraq war will be McSame's down fall and he will lose in Nov!

    May 30, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  20. duck

    I can't afford to fill up my gas tank. If you vote for McCain you are an IDIOT!

    May 30, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. Nancy - TN

    Are we surprised at politics as usual? Do anything, say anything, that you think might help you get elected? As a retired miliraty officer, John McCain had to know that this was inappropriate and an unfair act toward General Petraeus who should, as McCaiin knows, stay out of politics. He makes the general he regularly praises look as if he is violating policy while this is no doubt a picture that when taken had no political purpose in Petraeus's mind, he was simply greeting a U S Senator.. McCain's misuse of the picture for political advantage is contemptible. Politics as usual!

    May 30, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  22. Sharon Minnesota

    May 30th, 2008 3:00 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    There is still six months to go before the General Election takes place. If you have already made your decision for Barack Obama, may I suggest that you take a step back and keep your options open. The Chicago Senator has a huge iceberg floating around out there of which we have only seen the tip. To date, his true story has not been fully revealed by the major news networks regarding the shenanigans that took place to further his political career in Chicago. My feeling is that the democrats are going to commit suicide and/or implode from their own zeal to get back into the white house. Popularity contests are generally not very substantial when electing the leader of the USA.

    If you're a democrat and you're fed up with all the liberal fanfare and hoopla, now is the time to start a new chapter in life while it's still possible to do so. Don't vote for Obama, Clinton or George W. Bush #2. Join the new republican party and vote for John McCain #1 before it's too late to live in a free society.

    May 30, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. Rachel

    thank you for denouncing the comments of the silly priest at Obama's church for talking trash about Hillary. Her supporters appreciate it.

    May 30, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  24. Get-it-right

    I think McCain's fearmongering tendencies is growing by the day. How on earth could he have used Petraeus as what I see as very "cheap advert". I think his ideas grows faster than his age. America will be 100 years backward under McCain. As we should be ready to engage Iran in a war under him. We have being paying taxes to fund MURDERING soldiers in Iraq, we don't want the repeat in Iran. Let us unite against pro-Bush McCain! "A word is enough for the wise"

    May 30, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  25. Obama all the way!!!!

    That's the only way they're going to raise money. Before you know it., we will be seeing 9/11 footage plastered all over tv again. Republicans make me sick!

    May 30, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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