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. Vern Bartlett

    To some, McCain's faulty memory episode might appear to be a problem with aging. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is the type of problem peculiar to people with low Intelligence Quotients. Count on McCain to do this over and over until he can't even remember his own name.

    July 11, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  2. scared

    Well looking at these comments I realized that one of two scenarios happened:

    1. McCain is forgeting his recent voting record. - Not Good
    or
    2. McCain is already starting to lie, which is probably a warning sign of lies to come- Much worse

    Whether you like Obama or not, one has to realize that voting for McCain is a vote to dig the ditch america is in even deeper.

    July 11, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  3. Zachra

    "Axis of Evil" could be the the biggest foreign policy blunder of the Bush administration and there are a lot of blunders to choose from.

    July 11, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  4. Independant , FL

    FINALLY THE VETTING OF TEFLON JOHN BEGINS. BOY HAS HE BEEN GETTING A FREE RIDE. I WONDER WHEN THEY WILL START POINTING OUT ALL OF HIS FLIP-FLOPS? FOR EVERY OBAMA FLIP THERE IS 5 MCCAIN FLIP-FLOPS. A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T KNOW WHAT A RIDICULOUS, INEPT CANDIDATE JOHN MCCAIN IS. HE IS SENILE OR A LIAR OR ACTUALLY HE IS BOTH. HE THANKS HE CAN PLAY THE P.O.W. CARD ALL THE WAY INTO THE WHITE HOUSE WITH ZERO SCRUTINY. OBAMA HAS NOW BEEN THOROUGHLY VETTED. EVEN FOX NEWS IS RECYCLING OLD CONTROVERSIES. THEY'VE GOT NOTHIN'. JOHN MCCAIN'S ONLY HOPE IS BITTER SORE-LOSER HILLARY SUPPORTERS AND RACIST REDNECKS. ANYBODY ELSE WITH HALF A BRAIN WOULD NOT VOTE FOR THIS GUY. ONE CLUELESS PRESIDENT IN A DECADE IS QUITE ENOUGH!

    July 11, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  5. california

    haahhaha mccain again!!!!!!!!! go to comedy show mccain you can win a prizes for best comedy of the year!!!!!!!!!! hahahaha mccain mccain mccain becomes mcshame and mcBUSH. mCCAIN HOW IS YOUR BUDDY gEORGE bUSH DOING IS HE MAD THAT PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO VOTE FOR YOU? PLEASE GO HOME WITH CINDEY.

    July 11, 2008 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  6. george from Kenya

    I dont like Dr Jerk's insults, calling Americans whiners. Whining about high gas prices? Even here in my country kids can feel the pinch. or does he power his car with cow dung?
    But Americans will prove the silly doctor right, because they will be whiners from january 2009 to 2012 if they elect Mcarchaic to be their president. They might as well import Mugabe and install him in the white house. Both are closer in age after all. C'mon good people, do not put another bushhead idiot think alike to lead your economy out of dire straits. this clown has zero math between his old ears. Vote Obama.

    July 11, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  7. lynn's therapist

    wow, he is beginning to sound an awful lot like my 86 year-old father. i truly adore my dad, who was very politically savvy and well read, but would definitely not want him running this country.

    July 11, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  8. Soldiergal

    If we're going to start calling people on flip-flops, then why isn't there more discussion about McCain's own, including repudiating two major bills that he himself co-wrote and co-sponsored?

    July 11, 2008 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  9. DW

    Regarding McSame, he's constantly lying and spinning things to his liking and convenience. He's a babbling idiot. His views on the economy and women issues amongst many are out of whack. The man is in ZOMBIE land. Scottie definitely BEAMED McCain up!!!!!

    I noticed the media let McSame get away w/ anything. This man has been caught in so many LIES and outrageous flip-flopping and the media barely touches on them.

    July 11, 2008 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  10. Teddy

    McCain is such a looser. He is out of touch and cannot remember when or how he voted on anything!!!

    July 11, 2008 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  11. Nicholas

    Wonder why MSM isn't talking about McCain's "Social Security is a disgrace" comments?

    July 11, 2008 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  12. Erik

    A beffudled, disagreeable has-been. Yes, he served honorably in the military and yes, he's had a long and somewhat impressive Senate career. But can't we all see this man's day is done?

    President? It's a 24-7 job (as we can tell from what the Bush administration of frequest vacations and six-hour workdays days has done to our nation), and I have no confidence Senator McCain can keep up the pace. Much less keep his facts and memory straight! Do we want to BEGIN a Presidency at Reagan Year Six?

    July 11, 2008 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  13. Rishi Bagga

    This is standard Republican attack machine fare – launch as many attacks as possible, true or not, in the hopes that it will scare the electorate into voting republican. This is what they did in '04, and they're doing it all over again.

    July 11, 2008 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  14. Doug

    This isn't a surprise really. John McCain is all over the place. I really can't see this guy being president and falling asleep at the switch. There is no chance that I'm going to vote for him.

    July 11, 2008 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  15. Janet

    I can't believe there is little coverage of Bush going overseas and talking about an American "AGAIN" why is this not in the news over and over again. Spin this issue.

    July 11, 2008 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  16. KAM for Obama

    All this does is make McCain look old, out of touch and hypocritical......oh wait, that's exactly what he is! He's Bush all over again and I am not going to tolerate another eight years of that kind of presidency and neither should anyone else in this country. The country is in shambles, unemployment is at it's highest, the economy is at it's lowest and we're still losing lives for a war that should never have started. Go ahead and vote McCain if you just want to keep things status quo.

    Obama is the person this country needs for CHANGE but I understand change scares people, which is why they won't vote for him and believe the BS that people concoct on the internet and send back and forth to one another. It's pretty sad. Regardless, Obama will be president.

    July 11, 2008 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  17. InspireThis

    Obama is great public speaker I will give him that, but that is all there is. Even reading his plans I think to myself how in the world does he plan on paying for all of this. It looks nice on paper but putting those palns into action without it costing me is not going to happen.
    McCain may be older but I have a great amount of respect for him.
    Obama on the other hand I have NO respect for. He can speak until he is blue in the face he will not get my vote.
    I work hard for the money I have. I don't want it going to pay for someone elses child for healthcare (I have my own children) or help someone else pay for a house they should not have tried to buy in the first place. Life is not fair some people have easy some don't. Some people work very hard for what they have and some don't.

    July 11, 2008 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  18. Fred Hermans, Neshanic Station NJ

    Here's the point of the story...Obama is on the WRONG side of the issue – Period. Once you democratic kool-aid drinkers wake up you'll realize how wrong Obama is...or do you need to have the Iranian Gaurd sticking swords in your throat before you figure it out!

    It doesn't matter who missed the vote. It's the position you take and Obama is wrong on this as he is on so many others...

    July 11, 2008 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  19. Bill Firshein

    Why dont you stop this absurd ":gotcha" attacks yourself... What is the message.. That you can find among the millions of statements made by both candidates, a mistake here and there..So what!

    July 11, 2008 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  20. evil empire

    “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.

    Was McAmnesty talking about Iran? It sounds more like what our emperialistic government is doing in the the name of Americans.

    We do not belong in any country but our own- but we continue to borrow 3 billion dollars a day to continue our empire, and force democracy on other soverign nations.

    Ron Paul was the only candidate telling the truth- maybe that's why he received more contributions from the military than all the other candidates combined...

    Land of the sheep- home of the afraid....

    July 11, 2008 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  21. John

    What – is this the Obama website? Maybe I need to go overto Fox News and get a better perspective. Maybe senile and old is not so bad compared to inexperienced and foolish. Can we all just say in unison – I'm voting for him because he would be the first black president – ew isn't that like so really cool and hip. Records and character matter. Get off the race train and look ata what someone has done.

    July 11, 2008 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  22. tigerakabj

    Man, it won't matter if they read a script to McCain a hundred times. He still won't be able to get his lie straight. I saw that Viagra video and couldn't stop laughing. Are people seriously voting for this idiot?
    This guy makes George Bush look like Einstein.

    Obama is going to make McSame look like such a fool in those debates, moreso than he already is.

    Obama/Sebilius 2008/2012!

    July 11, 2008 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  23. John

    I think its amazing that people will criticize Obama for having the conviction to allow his position to be updated based on new information (ala his willingness to allow the conditions on the ground in Iraq to shape his policy), while Bush just stuck a stake in the ground 8 years ago on Iraq policy, and has basically refused to budge from it.

    Critics call it flip-flopping, regardless of their party-affiliation, while supporters will call it intelligent decision making. The true leader will allow a fluid situation develop, and modify the plan to adjust for the ebb and flow of reality. The bad leader will stick to his guns, even when all of the data and analysis show its a bad course of action.

    Obama 08

    July 11, 2008 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  24. Tanya, Miami Mom

    McCain I wish your party would've let me vote for you in 2000 instead of forcing Dubya onto the world. Well it's been a very long 8 years and it looks like your edge has just somewhere worn away. Is it because you think you have to fall in line to get there now having bee beaten back before? is it that we truly didn't know you then... Or, has Father Time just done what he does best. I don't know, I just know I'm very afraid of seeing you in the White House and have no choice but to vote Barrack.

    July 11, 2008 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  25. JonPeter

    The negative campaigns and attacks will get McCain back to the Senate instead of the White House. Can we have both candidates present positive things thay want to do ???

    July 11, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
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