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. B.Hawkins

    It's becoming clear the longer his campaign goes the less impressive McSame becomes. The stress of the campaign seems to be taking it's toll. He seems to be losing it!! There is a reason why there are few 72 year old CEO's

    July 11, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  2. Malcom

    I don't know why everyone is jumping on Senator McCain. Senator Clinton actually voted for the legislation and during the primary Senator Obama said that Senator Clinton was in effect beginning us on the path of war with Iran. But now he has reversed his position 180 degrees and is claiming he sponsored such legislation in March 2007 (S. 970). Once again Obama wants it both ways. So much for change.

    July 11, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  3. Deb

    I wasn't 100% commited to Obama ... but honestly after some of the stuff that's come up this week involving McAine and his 'posse' .. I am 100% for Obama. The mentality of Mcain and his 'advisors' is just scary... the recession is just in our heads?? Really?? Come live on my fixed income, come live on my grandmothers income who is at risk at losing her home that she has owned free and clear for over 50yrs now but because of rising property taxes and tripled living expenses now faces losing the house to 'taxes'... come tell her it's all in her head.

    July 11, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  4. Scott

    I bet 51 percent of American's not just can't, but don't know how to vote for the "right" person, hey, you screwed your self, not the other way around

    July 11, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  5. Raymond Duke

    I love all you people making the age statements. All of you will be a senior one of these days and I can't wait for them to tell you young punks you are a bunch of worthless "crap". As Edgar Allen Poe says death holds domain over all. Guess what you people are going to get old too.

    July 11, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  6. TheTruthHurts

    Tick tock. Tick tock. Age should not be the central issue in this campaign, but if McCain doesn't stop these "errors" that's exactly what's gonna happen.

    He did the same thing about his vote to not force insurance companies to cover birth control when they now ccver Viagra. Instead of either remembering his vote or even taking a current position. he said, "I'll get back to you today." Wonder if he did that.

    It's OK not to have a reasoned opinion, except if you've ALREADY VOTED on the issue. Duh

    This doesn't look good one bit.

    July 11, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  7. B.Hawkins

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    It's becoming clear the longer his campaign goes the less impressive McSame becomes. The stress of the campaign seems to be taking it's toll. He seems to be losing it!! There is a reason why there are few 72 year old CEO's

    July 11, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  8. Cyndi

    McCain seems to be suffering from certain amnesia lately. Does this man ever remember any Senate vote he cast in the last 10+ years? If the likes of CNN, FOX, NBC, etc were not constantly babysitting McCain and his utter ignorance and stupidity, he'll be finish as Presidential candidate.

    I pity the man, it seems he says one thing, while his voting record speaks against him. Him and his campaign are the gift that keeps on giving to Obama.

    July 11, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  9. TheTruthHurts

    Obama and Dems should never get cocky. But you have to admit McCain and his cronies (e.g. Gramm) make it SOOOOO easy.

    July 11, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  10. Wesley Widlend

    Republicans love to take credit for things they've never done. They claim they stand behind the military, yet they use soldiers lives as a political tool, and fail to properly provide for them when they return home. They claim economic leadership, yet the economy is always stronger under a Democrat. It doesn't surprise that McCain would lie about this.

    July 11, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  11. Man of the year

    McCains campaign is getting very sloppy. Obama is looking very good every minute. To all the Republican voters, What qualifications do you see in McCain in becoming our next president? none!! It is not his age or race, but him not being qualified to become my next president. Obama is about change and knows what is going on with our country. It is not about race, but getting our country back on track.

    Obama in 08

    July 11, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  12. Will, NJ

    I, John McCain, do not recall.

    July 11, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  13. kris

    McCain can't even remember his own vote ! So how can he run The Great US of America ? Some people just can't learn.

    July 11, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  14. SaddamHusseinObama

    You pandering fools who can't remove your lips from Obama's butt are so busy parroting "McBush, McBush, McBush" that you completely overlook the fact that your borderline retarded candidate thinks we have 57 states, can't remember the name of the city he's in (Sunshine, Florida? What?), supports the DC gun ban and then supports its overturning...
    This pathetic sack of lies isn't bringing any change to the Presidency, nor are you idiots who vote for him. He can't make up his mind which way he wants to spin his rhetoric, can't decide whether to insult "typical" white people who "cling to God and guns" or suck up to them for their votes, nor can he speak clearly and concisely without a teleprompter.
    For all his talk of "change," he's engaging in mud-slinging, name-calling, and pandering just like politicians have done since the invention of politics. Anyone who sees or believes otherwise is either deluded or intentionally being stupid.

    July 11, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  15. Donald

    Correct me if I'm wrong here..... but didn't Obama criticize Hillary in the Primary for voting for an amendment that labels the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization(and he said he would have voted "no" if he were there). AND now that he's got the nomination and is being criticized, he says "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". So he was for it, then Hillary voted on a similar amendment for it, then he was against it, then he wins the nomination and needs to appear more centrist, and now he is for it (and has been for it from the beginning?). Now before I get called that dreaded word, a Republican, I would like to point out that I am a Democrat who has given $325 to the Obama campaign and I am just recalling past events.

    July 11, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  16. mag

    It is amazing to me that after all that and after flip-flopping on all issues since 2000, still 40% of the people support a joker like McBush. may be Gramm is half right ... 40% of the people have mental defficiency .... no question about it. just read the jokers' comments above .... truly amazing .... some still in Hillary land, some still sucking on god-knows-what and all of them have the right to vote ....... something is wrong in this picture .... hope they all have a looooooong nap on election day .... they have done enough damage in the last two elections

    July 11, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  17. ANGIE

    poor poor old john mccain i thought he just did a shake up for his camp seems to me its getting worse first black saying america needs a terriost attack then good ole phil mot to mention fiona stirring up the truth mccain voted against birth control for insurance this has got to be one of the funniest campaigns ever seen his own people are hurting him ha ha ha mccain go retire now before you look futher more like a fool in nov!!

    July 11, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  18. JPM

    This guy will say anything to win. WILL SAY ANYTHING TO WIN. Will repeat anything to win. WILL REPEAT ANYTHING TO WIN.

    McCain is as dirty as every other dirty lying Bush-man we've already had for 8 years. He doesn't care if what he says is true, as long as it makes the news and the media quote him.

    July 11, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  19. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    They're working so hard to find weaknesses in the Obama campaign that they're ignoring the weaknesses in their own candidate.

    Democrats unite! Lets put all the anger behind us on both sides and make sure we can work on the issues that matter

    July 11, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  20. Carl from MI

    How long is this crap going to continue? McCain is CONSTANTLY WRONG on so many things... shall we count them? Sunni's and Shia's is my favorite!! How many times did he get that wrong again??

    This guy is going to be pulling the Ronald Reagan special real soon... saying 'I don't remember' all the time. The daily schedule of the POTUS is a vigorous and demanding one. It requires intelligence and a clear head. You can tell when a President DOESN'T have these things... you get one like Dubya, for example. How many idiotic things has Dubya said over the last 8 years? Hence, the state of our nation today!!

    Isn't it time to have an intelligent and clear spoken President, one who's not confused and can't get the facts straight (or even let the facts get in the way of their agenda)? Isn't it time for a change for the better, nation? How bad does the state of our nation need to get before you finally admit you made a bad choice in putting Dubya in the Oval Office TWICE?

    It's time for change... It's time to put a stop to the Republican's culture of corruption. It's time for Obama to start the pendulum swinging the OTHER way and get our nation back on the right path. It's time to admit that the Republicans just don't know what they're doing and don't know how to run our country without causing it to crash and burn.

    July 11, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  21. Pete

    McCain reminds me of my senile grandpa (another Vietnam vet) who gave my big brother and I lessons in sex education after he'd long forgotten what sex was. It was very entertaining, but...

    I loved my grandpa dearly, may his soul rest in peace.

    July 11, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  22. NBC

    come on Clinton supporters......this is your man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 11, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  23. Robert

    Poor old grumpy, confused McCain doesn't even know whether the Iranians are Sunni or Shia without Joe Lieberman whispering it into his ear. Even then, he doesn't know the difference. But by GOD, he'll nab us Ayatollah bin Laden or kill millions trying!!

    July 11, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  24. NORA, FLORIDA

    Soooooooooooo Whats NEW??? McCain has been misfiring since he became the GOP's presumptive nominee!!!!

    July 11, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  25. Michele Hussein, Oregon

    We need more of the stories about McCain that are minimized by the media. If much of what has come out of McCain's mouth were said by Obama, we would never hear the end of it!

    Go to Huffington Post and read how McCain jokes about ten ways to kill Iranians..........Also a very good article about 10 things that the McCain camp has done just this week titled "The Week That Should Have Ended McCain's Presidential Hopes".

    R.I.F. and Rose you are right about how the media (T.V. in particular) lets McCain get away with a whole lot. I'm sending my $25 to Obama today especially after the news about how much the Republicans have in their coffers.

    July 11, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
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