July 11th, 2008
08:38 AM ET
8 years ago

McCain misfires on Obama attack

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McCain criticized Obama for missing a Senate vote he also missed.

McCain criticized Obama for missing a Senate vote he also missed.

(CNN) - It turns out that John McCain made an off-the-mark error when he launched at Barack Obama this week over Iran’s missile tests.

In a statement criticizing Obama’s positions on the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, the organization claiming credit for the missile launches, McCain wrote, “This is the same organization that I voted to condemn as a terrorist organization when an amendment was on the floor of the United States Senate. Senator Obama refused to vote.”

The problem with the critique? McCain also missed that vote on the Kyl-Lieberman amendment on September 26, 2007. Records show that Obama was in New Hampshire and McCain was in New York instead of being in the Senate chamber for the vote in question.

The McCain campaign admits the error but points to their candidate’s tough stance against the country President Bush once grouped into the “axis of evil.”

“Its time to make the Iranians understand that this kind of violation of international treaties, this kind of threat, threatening of their neighbors, continued military activity is not without cost,” McCain said on Wednesday.

Despite Obama’s voting absence, his campaign is touting legislation he sponsored in March 2007 (S. 970) which also would have designated the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization. Obama’s legislation never had a vote in the Senate.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (520 Responses)
  1. Ian M

    And McCain wasn't even there to vote for the FISA bill he's giving Obama crap on, and I don't think he was there for the GI bill, either. Screw McCain.

    New Pew Poll:

    Obama - 48%
    McCain – 40%

    Learn to say "President Obama" kids, you're gonna be addressing him that way until January 2017.

    July 10, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. A SONGBIRD SANG IN VIETNAM

    Dementia. Or meanness? Or a demented mean old man !!!!!!

    Obama 08

    July 10, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  3. TonyNJHC

    Well, no one is perfect and no one said they are.

    July 10, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  4. R.I.F.

    WOW!!!!! The media finally wakes up and starts reporting!!!!! McCain's lied about this before. He also lied about is "perfect" record with Vet groups the other day in Denver and he and Carly continue to lie abotu Obaam raising taxes on 101 million Americans. These aren't left wing organizations running factchecks on this stuff either. Maybe the media shopuld start paying a little attention to the McCain camp and not spending 200% of its time worrying about what Obama is doing.

    July 10, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  5. CD

    Keep losing your bearing McCain. You can't even manage a campaign and you want to manage our economy? You McCain must be crazy!

    July 10, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  6. @HusseinIsAmerican2

    McShame doesn't have a clue what he is talking about; calling us a "nation of whinners" is not a comment americans take lightly!

    mcbush, yelling at clouds! – do people really listen to this old twig?!!!

    NOT THIS TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ONLY A FOOL WILL VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 10, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  7. Linda31

    McCain is pitiful. Better look in your own closet before you start calling Obama out. We won't even talk about the vote you missed yesterday.

    July 10, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  8. Saad from NJ

    This is simply and purely disgusting. We need a revolution in politics – or simply get rid of this profession. Realistically speaking, we can't get rid of it so will wait for a revolution. Such lies... intentional or not, still lies.

    July 10, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  9. Independent Colorado

    This is hilarious. I guess McCain really has lost his bearings. I have been hearing him over the last few weeks pumeling this Obama-Iran bill into the ground and all along he didn't vote either?

    This must be a joke.

    July 10, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  10. TRUTH

    ONCE AGAIN – McCain doesn't remember what he did or did not do. He doesn't REMEMBER what he voted for, said, or did two weeks ago. He will send us into World War III and forget that he pushed the button.

    WAKE UP AMERICA.

    July 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  11. mjaber6113

    There's John Mccain lying just to get votes. He even addmitted it.

    July 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  12. Ian

    This guy keeps striking out big time.

    July 10, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  13. Citizens For America First

    MCBUSH MISFIRES ALL THE TIME,

    AND ABOUT EVERYTHING.

    July 10, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  14. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    Not only Iran. Obama's welfare to work effort is said to be distorted. McCain campaign should rebutt it. Claiming credit for something that did not originate from his head. The last we need is another Dr Phil's patient. He talks about his pathetic experience with his wife and mother when it comes to women's issues. So shallow that it makes Clinton look really small. I disagree with Clinton supporters have a lot in common with Obama. The only thing I have in common is "change". A change that Hillary brought that some things Obama stood for(not all but close). Hillary was the package candidate for change not Obama.

    July 10, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. @HusseinIsAmerican2

    I agree with John McShame that I'm going through mental recession. The gas prices and grocery prices and tuition increases and lay offs are all in my imagination. I want some of what Phil Gramm and John McCain are smoking!

    July 10, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  16. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    SENILE OLD MAN.

    He needed Lieberman there whispering info into his ear.

    July 10, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  17. Unempressed

    McCain is mixing more and more and more and more things up every day!

    No one is perfect – but this is now a daily occurance!

    July 10, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. Biff, hussein Biffington

    DR. PHIL SAID (while calling the American public "whiners")

    These national and congressional leaders "blame speculators and oil companies for our problems, instead of presenting concrete programs for using energy more efficiently, or leaders who don't think we can compete with Mexico."

    The very next headline on CNN....
    "Oil zooms up $5-plus on Iran fears"

    FEARs.... right..... as in ........ (wait for it...) SPECULATION?!?!?!?!?!?

    July 10, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  19. Rick

    This happens in old age...

    July 10, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  20. FactCheck

    The McCain strategy... lie, lie, lie and lie some more. And when you get called on it, claim that you had a "senior moment". I can't believe that 40% of the electorate would choose this clown. Heck, Bob Barr is starting to look mighty good.

    July 10, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  21. The Surly Scholar

    McCain being a hypocrite and/or senile? Color me unsurprised.

    July 10, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  22. Hmmm . . .

    The AOl Straw Poll – REAL people voting REALTIME: July 7 – 14, 119,530 total votes cast: McCain 66%, Obama 34%.

    July 10, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    First one of his advisors gets a case of foot-in-mouth and the good senator needs to repudiate him.

    Then the good senator slams Obama for not voting on an "important" measure only to be reminded that he also skipped that vote.

    Looks like John McCain is having a VERY bad hair day.

    July 10, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  24. Dusacre

    grandPa McCain is just too old to be president. He forgets more and more; old age has that effect on the best of us.

    July 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  25. McCain=the draft

    McCrypt should be looking at retirement homes with nice dementia wards, instead of the White House.

    July 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
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