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. Give me a break

    Why should Obama apologize for anything? He didn't say ANYTHING. McCain is such a hypocrite and acts like a little baby sometimes. It's ok for him to throw the dirt, but when it hits his face he whines like a little baby.

    June 30, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. 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 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. Anne

    Why do these comments need condemning. Yes, McCain is a war hero, but since when is that a qualification for President. I am rechecking the Constitution as we speak. Unless the ONLY job of the President is to fight wars, then I don't see how fighting in a war will make you a good President. It shows character, but it isn't a qualification.

    June 30, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Scott L

    Clark is just bitter he is not in the running...

    June 30, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Why is it that so many people in the McCain camp want to see America attacked again? Smells like desperation...

    June 30, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. Venus

    Was is sad is all this McCain being a hero when in fact he was a POW for five years... that doesn't make him an expert on how to win Iraq!

    Go Bam! The GOP mocked Kerry about his years in the same war McCain was in!

    June 30, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. CB

    I agree with Clark's comments. He has not been tested – he has run his office and doesn't even run his 8 homes. He is totally out of touch with the majority of average people. He is an elitist to his bones.

    June 30, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |

    Right–Greg: Spot on! Caney-Cane's administration is just so ovewhelmed with bits and pieces of the truth coming out that they haven't enough lies to fillin the holes...Wes makes a good point. Now, it's basically a rebuttable presumption for Cane and the crew to overcome. Though, since it is ACCURATE–they will not be able to muster the wherewithall to rebut it!

    June 30, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. Scott, Charlotte

    I applaud McCain for his military service, but spending time as a POW hardly qualifies him as a commander in chief.

    June 30, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. Patrick

    Wesley would make an awesome VP choice.

    June 30, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. Virginia for Obama

    McCain is whining because General Clark's comments are completely true. It just took another military man to point it out.

    June 30, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. Jon

    Obama is a coward. He has avoided debating McCain since wrapping up the nomination. He just sends his pathetic lackies out to do his dirty work and then sits back and says I have nothing to do with it. This is the man who the Obama lovers think is going to change things for the better. Unbelievable how stupid, uneducated, and desperate people have become. BUT BY THE RULES OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS, HE WILL HAVE TO FACE MCCAIN THREE TIMES. THAT WILL BE THE END OF THE OBAMA LEAD AND THE END OF HIS CHANCES TO WIN. Think about it people, he first refuses to debate McCain and then says ok I will debate when the fewest people would be watching (on July 4th). COWARD

    June 30, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. Tina

    After Hillary has suspended her campaign, I am glad to be an Independent who cares not what both sides are saying!

    Vote for the most qualified candidate for the sake of this great nation! The media and DNC promoted Obama, we don't!

    June 30, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. Didine - Maryland

    Lieberman comments are more sad than Clark's comments. Liberman is going wild. He is playing the fear card here. Please get lost. Americans are smater than that, and they will not buy those craps.

    June 30, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. William, from Cali!

    Who is Wesley Clark, to be speaking....................What has he done lately? Is he among the "Bitter Ones"....... I think he's just "in the tank", for the DemocRATS; at any cost.

    June 30, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. Bryan, Wisconsin

    But it was OK to swift boat John Kerry's service . . . . sorry, I just don't see the how Republicans can even think about making this an issue without being completely hypocritical.

    June 30, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. Julie

    This is SO WRONG. As a mother of a Marine – I find this despicable. Let's talk about Obama's military record; shal we?

    June 30, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. Mike J

    McCain out his own mouth says that a Obama's words cannot be trusted, and he's complaining about this, wow.

    June 30, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. SAM2008

    This is stupid comment at least McCain tried to fight for the country it does not matter if he got caught after one hour or one year from fighting, and he fell down from jet not from his bike while riding it in his town with his helmet on.
    Please Clark stop talking.
    and you should VOTE for McCain because he is one of your army and we never seen any American president so far serve in the army before.

    June 30, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. Willow, from Iowa

    McCain retired as a Captain. And while we can respect his service to his country, a GENERAL is saying he is not qualified by experience to run this country. As far as I'm concerned, McCain is on equal standings with Obama, regarding experience. However, MCCain acknowledges that he doesn't know much about economics or the economy problems we have now.

    I with both parties would just stick to the issues, instead of trying to cut each other apart, starting with McCain's comments about "Lousy Pres. Carter" and "Obama is Carter's second term." These guys need to stick to the issues, and let the general public decide.

    June 30, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. JOYCE

    mcsain is a war hero like all other pows
    run for president. i agree with clark that does not qulify him for president.. he is no more qualified then barack is. and he needs to get over it. sure he is older but not wiser just senile. so mcsain get over it. as a american citizen, i owe you nothing for being a pow. i feel bad you were but i do not owe you my vote. it is called ( FREEDOM OF CHOICE ) NOT VOTE FOR FEELING SORRY FOR YOU

    June 30, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. slinkymalinky

    Sad..., just like Welsey Clarks entire military career.

    June 30, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. Nabi

    Gen. Clark is correct, John Mccain has never been faced with any major military command decsion.

    Secondly, he is too old. This guy was also in elementary school during WW II, and can recall his father telling him the day that Pearl Harbor was bombed.

    Finally, he was born before World War II.

    June 30, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. Audie Murphy

    Clark was right-
    Our presidents must crash planes and be shot down now? Since when?

    And let's be honest: Wesley Clark is a highly decorated General, with waaaay more leadership experience than John McCain- If HE can't criticize McCain's military experience, then who can?

    General Clark knows that the military is SUPPOSED to be used as a last resort; not a knee-jerk first option.

    June 30, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. otto

    Sad but true. What qualifications do you gain by being shot down. I was in a war, I was shot at many times and I don't think myself qulified to be president.
    There is no presiden test per se. If you get elected then you are president plain and simple.

    June 30, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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