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. Kelley

    Really Jeff? Oblahblah? Grow up.

    June 30, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Uncle Fester

    Sad, but true Clark is right

    The Republicans are complete hypocrites – remember the purple bandaids?

    June 30, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. harry mcneil

    finally !!! just because he served in the miltary does not qualify him to be presdident of anything. I would like to know , HOW DID MCCAIN GET INTO THE NAVAL ACADAMEY ? BASED ON HIS GRADES ? TEST SCORES?

    June 30, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. 1 McCain Supporter Blogging

    Just read the negative response against Obama ... clearly a small number of McCain people, being paid presumeably, are posting.

    June 30, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. Mathew

    Understand this–America will protect itself against all enemies, foreign and domestic, no matter who's leading the country. So you can have a buffoon, like GW or you can have an agent of change, like Barack, we're still America and we're still the greatest country on earth.

    Do not let the McCain bullies scare you.

    Obama 08

    June 30, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. Rumpusgoopus

    A discussion on whether McCain's military record makes him qualified to be President is more than fair game, and very much needed.

    June 30, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. Accountant Guy

    I totally agree. I commend McCain for serving the country, but he should not and would not be a good president!!

    'Obama 08

    June 30, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. Military

    Clark is ex-Ranger. He commanded the 82nd. Bad-a mo fo. Represent. Valedictorian of West Point. HOOAH.

    June 30, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. TEXAN

    I am an Obama supporter. However, I DISAGREE with attacking McCain's military service. Come on...give him the respect and thanks he deserves for his service in Vietnam !!!!!! OK..he is not Presidental material. So, bring up the reasons why he is not and Obama. KEEP IT CLEAN...DO NOT GET UGLY. Obama can and will win without this type of attacking. GO OBAMA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 30, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. Keith

    Dear Jeff,

    Good, I think people like you should stay home in November, we don't need, nor do we want your vote.

    Obama 08

    June 30, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Travis Johns

    Obama should condem these remarks!

    June 30, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. John - Arizona

    Last week, the Center for American Progress Action Fund released a new report by Michael Ettlinger estimating that under McCain's tax plan, he and his wife, Cindy, would save extra $373,429. That's nearly $400,000 - per year, not over the course of their lifetimes.

    Under Barack Obama's plan, the McCains would save less than $6,000. The Obamas would save nearly $50,000 under McCain's plan, and slightly more than $6,000 under Obama's plan own plan.

    This is straight talk!!

    June 30, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. Bishop

    Good for you, Jeff. We don't need YOU... 🙂

    June 30, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. demcor

    Being POW doesn't qualify you for CIC. The whole record needs to be reviewed to see what the commanders said about him. Why is he hiding the record? I bet there were some mental issues that they were concerned about. Let's see the records! This man is not to be trusted. He wants to outdo GW because of what they did to him in 2000. That means going to war with Iran.

    June 30, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. Bulldog

    McCain did not answer how his military experience qualifies him for anything. Don't just shoot back with an opposing attack, answer how getting shot down and being a POW are qualifications for anything. Yes John McCain is a military hero if Clarks statements are so sad then answer how they not factual. I'll be waiting because from what I can tell Clark did not lie, they were all FACTUAL statements.

    June 30, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. Endlessly Moderated and Censored for No Good Reason

    McCain is more than a war hero–He has also been an active US Senator for many years.

    By the way, Barack Obama has waivered many times on his Iraq War position–even agreeing with Bush sometimes!

    Check out this video on Youtube titled:

    The Iraq war video Barack Obama does not want you to see!!

    CNN, Please post and thank you very much.

    June 30, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. Brian - Trinidad

    McCain was being kind.Clark's statements were not sad but pathetic.Clark's military record,especially as NATO commander,is grossly inflated.Under his command,NATO stood idly by while the ethic cleansings were going on in the former Yugoslavia.Clark wants the VP post so he could be like his idol Cheney and be a behind the scenes president to a bigger idiot than Bush.

    June 30, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. Chipster

    Why should the Obama campaign condemn the comments? Clark's comments are true. Serving in the military doesn't automatically qualify anyone to be POTUS.

    Where was Sen. McCain in 2004 when the Swift Boat group was making false claims about his dear (?) friend (former friend?), John Kerry? Oh – that's right – he was in Bush's lap, making a fool of himself. Someone asked me why he would be doing that and I said that I guessed he was already running for president. Looks like he was.

    June 30, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. Obama or Bust 2008

    Clark is right. Just because McCain was a POW doesn't mean he should be a shoe-in for the Presidency, or that he'd be any better in dealing with enemies than Obama.

    I'm sure McCain endured unspeakable horrors while a POW. That doesn't make him more qualified to lead the country. End of story.

    June 30, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. Phil, FL

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Talk about sad – what about the fear-mongering

    When Obama is President, he will have access to the same military advisors as McWarmonger.

    Since Obama listens, and McWarmonger can't hear or remember, I'll take my chances with the younger, more vital guy, instead of the one that is pasty looking and deaf and dumb.

    June 30, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. puff

    When Clark was running for President he thought that his military experience was good enough, now he doesn't?? I think he has drunk the kool ade. So sad... he was a Hillary supporter too, he should be ashamed.
    Just say no deal!

    June 30, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. CeeBee

    Wow, if getting shot at and captured is all that is required to be
    considered presidential material, I guess I will be voting for Jessica Lynch for pres in 2012

    June 30, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. hmmmmm.....smells fishy

    Stay home jEFF.......TALK ABOUT confidence it doesn't seem that you have any of that in yourself

    June 30, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. Fredi

    Military service does not qualify you to be commander in chief any more that being a car mechanic qualifies you to be CEO of General Motors!

    June 30, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. Nia - Phoenix, AZ

    I almost forgot about Clark...he would be a good VP....

    June 30, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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