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

McCain misfires on Obama attack

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. Floyd MacGillicutty

    Hmmm, AOL Straw Poll? McCain leading in all every states, including New York, California, Hawaii and Illinois? Yeah, that's about as accurate as the Red State Straw Poll. Real scoop there, chief.

    July 10, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  2. LT for Obama

    I just love modern technology. Over the last couple of days, I have listened to McCain's speeches while at work via CNN Live Video.

    McCain tells so many lies it is amazing. Yesterday it was revealed that his so called perfect voting record on veterans issues was far from perfect. He actually has a very poor record whereas Obama has a much stronger record. This was reported by more than one media outlet that I have found so far.

    John will tell us he is perfect just to get the votes, yet he expects us to believe that he will run two wars that are costing the US over 12 billion a month and balance the budget in four or five years. There is a magic trick I would love to see.

    July 10, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  3. Nard

    John Mccain was a war hero, I respect that. I don't know much about his record in the senate, but reading this article, he looks like what the far right has been trying to make Obama seem like, a quintessential politician.

    July 10, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  4. maz

    somebody sure has his head up his rear end
    (read mccain, bush, cheney, rice – the latest axis of evil

    as i can see iran does not have any aircraft carriers with nuc lear weapons or submarines with the same, trolling near our shores, nor did iran conduct an excercise like the kosher nazis of israel did, demonstrating that they can, with US weapons, equipment and money, attack iran

    since when did self defense preparations against warmongering by the US and israel become war threats?

    July 10, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  5. brian

    What is wrong with the world today? Just think about, think about. Will somebody please remove the cutleries from this old man's knees?

    July 10, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  6. bond

    Well what do you expect, McCane walked the earth with dinosuars. He can't remember what he had for breakfast! The only place he belongs is in a retirement village in Boca, not Pennylvania Ave.

    July 10, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  7. sarah

    you mean obama actually put forward some legislation? seriously? are you sure? this guy has the thinnest record ever and what there is, is left wing liberal. did he really DO something in the senate? honestly?

    July 10, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  8. Debra

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    This old man, he misfired again.
    This old man, he cannot be the president
    This old man, cannot remember anything
    This old man did not show up to vote on the FISA Bill
    This old man did not show up to vote on the Iranian Revolutionary Guard
    This old man and another old man Dr Phil don't know anything about the economy.
    This old man does NOT know whether he voted for insurance companies to pay for Viagra instead of paying for birth control


    July 10, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  9. JM

    I hope the 40 percent of American's trully do see how bad John McCain is, and allot Barack Obama to win this whole election...

    July 10, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  10. RB from NH

    We need to seriously look at McCains mental health and the mental capabilities of the advisors he has chosen!

    July 10, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  11. Environmental Voter

    Turns out McCain also missed all 17 environmental votes last year, earning the title at the only senator to miss every vote.

    July 10, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  12. Marilyn, Powell, Ohio

    McCain also was the only Senator who did not vote on the Medicare bill to cut doctor's payments by 10%. Even Ted Kennedy went for the vote and his doctor's didn't want him to go. McCain wants to privatize Social Security. Senior Citizens take heed against McCain!!

    July 10, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  13. KJ, Little Rock

    Wow TonyNJHC, now if it was Obama you would be on here bashing Obama with the same old song: He's inexperience, out of touch, elitist, not patriotic, blah, blah, blah.

    July 10, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  14. Republican in Illinois

    Neoconservatives are not Republicans. McCain has Neoconservative advisors and will further drag us into war in the middle east. And then our economy will really be going nowhere.

    July 10, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  15. CrazyHusseinObamabot

    How can anyone take McCain as a serious candidate? On the news yesterday he looked catatonic. He becomes less viable by the day.

    July 10, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  16. Veterans for Obama

    About time the media start conducting proper reporting on McCain! This man has gotten away with too much. Let's start holding him as accountable as we have held the Dems.

    CNN you are the standard bearers.

    Veterans are starting to back Barack by the droves!

    July 10, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  17. Response for "KE"

    Someone please tell this "mimic" aka KE to cite specific examples. We, the educated few, are well aware of how annoying unsubstantiated, generalized fluff can be. Especially when its regurgitated from a biased view point. In this case - off topic, illogical and irrespective of the FACTS.

    July 10, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  18. Leano

    CNN, you must run a story, saying McCain = Flip-Flopper, and even so he lies a lot. If you do not, then know that you will be responsible for misinforming people. McCain has no consistent record on any issue, though he may have done some good on certain issues. He lies a lot. If it was Obama, y'all would be up his neck, and you always report without knowing his exact position. By the way that FISA vote, him a Clinton voted the same...

    July 10, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  19. Ranger7

    Voting for McCain ..would be ..like asking your "water Boy" on the football team to be quarter back ..for the season!!


    July 10, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  20. Zion

    Over half of the Clinton supporters have decided to support Obama, I do not know why CNN keeps focusing on the 40% who have decided somehow that McCain and Hillary are fighting the same battle. Anyway, McCain not only misfires, but for all of you McCain supporters, let me ask you a question. How does it feel to support a man who was originally rejected by his OWN party when he first attempted to run against Bush. Also, how does it feel to support a guy who changed not one, or two of his positions, but completely realigned himself not with centrist right views, but with the fringe in order to PANDER to conservatives. I don't know....Vote McCain in '08 Disaster in '12.

    July 10, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  21. Ricky

    Dear VCM:

    With all the respects, you're a total idiot. For your information, Nader is not even running for president. Looks like you're at least 8 years behind. You should vote for Obama so he can change the legislations so that you can afford to get your medications or at least see a doctor.

    July 10, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  22. Chuck

    Hmmm who is AOI?? Straw poll??? McCain ahead???
    What State?? He is even losing the Dakota's now!
    Obama will win!! He will not be a good President but
    a great President!!!

    July 10, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  23. Stephanie Jones

    This is one of the reason that I will contiune to say that, that Great Senator McCain is a Sweet man that served Our country well..
    But he is to season to be President Of the United States..we need the energy of a younger person to get more done!!
    Yes, age is a major factor.. How much strength will he have in one day with out being tired!!! he look a little tired now!!! pills can only do so much!!!

    July 10, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  24. Jason

    Typical Repulsicans. Do As I Say, Not As I Do!! I love how McCain's camp fires away with a comment about his standing with Bush against the Axis of Evil. Bush is the Axis of Misinformation!

    I guess it's ok for the U.S. to continue to develop and build new nuclear weapon's, but other countries can't have the same choices? Such hypocrites our government and people are! We want to spread a certain kind of cherry picked freedoms around the world. WE also want to tell other countries what they can and can't do within their own sovereign borders. How would we as American's react if England started telling us again what to do? How about the same from Mexico or Canada?I doubt we would sit back and take it. We need to focus on our own problems here at home and stop being the world's police!

    July 10, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  25. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Now we have to worry about McCain's memory, too?! Or is it just the same old problem with the GOP – no credibility?!

    McCain – 2008 = Dole – 1996!!!

    OBAMA – 2008 ! ! !

    July 10, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
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