June 30th, 2008
10:24 AM ET
15 years ago

McCain campaign: Clark's comments 'sad'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/06/30/clark.mccain/art.clark.gi.jpg caption=" Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, who ran for president in 2004, has questioned Sen. John McCain's qualifications."](CNN) - Sen. John McCain's campaign on Monday called retired Gen. Wesley Clark's remarks that McCain lacks command experience "the lowest form of politics."

Clark, a military adviser for Sen. Barack Obama, questioned Sunday whether McCain's military experience qualified him to be commander in chief.

The McCain campaign has called on Obama to condemn the comments.

"I think it's kind of sad," McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said Monday on CNN's "American Morning."

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. therealist

    This is the "Change" we can trust in from Obama???

    June 30, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Adam, Plano, TX

    the lowest form of politicals? i thought that was saying your opponents word couldn't be trusted?

    June 30, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. bridgette

    I think he is absolutely right. I don't think him being a prisnor of war qualifies him to be a commander in chief and I am glad that someone has finally had the guts too say it. Not taking away from his service too America, but, that does not mean he will be a great commander in chief. It does not mean he will even be good commander in chief.

    June 30, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |


    June 30, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. S. Shay

    The GOP didn't think questions about one's military service was 'sad' when it happened to John Kerry. I don't remember even one of them coming out to condemn the Swift Boaters, not even John McCain.

    And Clark's is right, while serving one's country is noble, getting shot down doesn't make you ready to be CIC. Obama is touting military service as his claim to fame but McCain is so there is reason to question the validity of his claims.

    June 30, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. BHO Not my candidate

    Wesley Clark is a loser, and wont even be Obamas VP... hes just the Democrats Military Man... please media put the Mute button on clark, hes hurting your golden childs chances of winning.

    June 30, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. Down with Obama

    Has Clark been brained washed by the Obama camp...I do believe he has. Sit down Clark. Another loser!!!

    June 30, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. Obama Supporter from FL

    Wah waah wah. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of anyone attacking McCain's military experience, but seriously, GROW UP!!! This isn't 5th grade dodgeball, so stop crying to the teacher and move on.

    My goodness – this is politics and the McCain and Obama camps should stop acting like such SISSIES!!!

    June 30, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. Greg, NY

    Lieberman's comments are more sad. I call on McCain to condemn them.

    June 30, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. Elly

    the truth hurts, McSame, deal with it!!!

    June 30, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. Herman in LA

    I think Gen Wesley Clark comments were right on and McCain military experience does not qualify him to be anyone's commander and chief. I sure don't feel safe with McCain at the helm to answer that red pone he just might push the button....

    June 30, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. the truth sometimes hurts

    Sad to some. A harsh reality to others. McCain's time as a POW has made him no better prepared than HRC's time as First Lady. The truth is McCain would make a decent military advisor not President. In fact McCain sees only through a camouflage lens making it more difficult to make non-combative decisions- he would be trigger happy.

    June 30, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Harsh But True

    McCain's camp didn't say Clark's statement wasn't true. John's whole war record is based on two failed missions–when his plane caught on fire on the deck of a ship, and when he was captured. Sounds harsh, but it's true.

    June 30, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. Hawk

    I think it's fair game, since it's the only subject McSame talks about.

    June 30, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. JanetB

    Wesley Clark has become nothing more than a political hack. Recognize him for what he is.

    June 30, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. mollygonz

    What Clark said is right. Just because he served in the war and was a POW does not make him qualified for commander in chief. McSame was part of the worst foreign policy blunder in recent history so how is he qualified? Obama was against the war from the beginning. That is what we need..good judgement.

    June 30, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. Clark For VP

    Clark is tough. I think he could be a great VP for Barack.

    June 30, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. Women in California for Obama

    You are exactly right Gen. Clark. As a matter of fact McWar doesn't have any experience in anything other than how to leave your wife and kids and marry a rich woman. He acts as though he wrote the book on military affairs and should automatically be entitled to the presidency because he was a POW. I know there are many POW's out there far more qualified than this three time loser.

    June 30, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. RealityKing

    Pencil pushing Wesley Clark is Barack Obama's military adviser!? And right of the bat he questions McCains military experience as a presidential qualifications!!??

    No wonder terrorists all over the world are rooting for Obama...

    June 30, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. franco

    Does Clark mean that Obama is better qualified to be commander in chief??????


    June 30, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. Jim

    Mccain camp needs to look at their own Joe Lieberman, they have some nerve! Telling other's to condemn a remark, get OUT OF HERE!!! WOW I can't wait until November to shut these republicans up!

    June 30, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. SDunn

    Omgosh whatever. Can someone please explain to me what was so wrong about what Clark said because I'm having a difficult understanding what was so offensive. Yes McCain was a POW, but so were a lot of soldiers who were with him. Some soldiers spent a lot more time as a POW than McCain and experienced a lot more torture, but does that qualify them to be President? It's a fair question and one that should be discussed. It's ok for McCain to attack Obama saying that he's not trustworthy or that he has no experience whatsoever, but it's not ok for anyone to discuss McCain's military history or his background?

    June 30, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. mitchell hussein martin

    keep telling the truth wesley clark!i hope you are our new vice president.we need a REAL military man in office.mccain's only military experience was as pow.we dont need someone who surrenders,and capitulates to the enemy.mccains only experience with war,was a loss for america.now,he has soldiers to die in his place ,while he flies around on his comfy new jetliner,pretending to know what middle east sect we are fighting ,next.WESLEY CLARK IS A REAL AMERICAN HERO,AND JOHN MCCAIN SURRENDERS TO THE ENEMY,WHEN ITS CONVENIENT FOR HIM.uggh! i just heard another mccain campaign commercial,so i have to go throw up in my mouth.

    June 30, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Nothing sad about it...When someone is tortured as a POW and then turns around and says torture is okay, even though it is condemned by the Uniforn Code of Military Justice, it shows the depths that some people will go to to get elected...

    June 30, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. mitchell hussein martin

    obama/clark '08

    June 30, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
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