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. Mike, Kalamazoo, MI

    This from the same guy who doesn't know that Sunni and Shiite are two distinct groups. And he thinks he's better poised to handle foreign affairs?

    July 11, 2008 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  2. Pat

    You're surprsied the media gives McCain more positive coverage than Obama?! Don't you realize that most major media is owned by big businesses who fund the RNC? Of course, their "media" will slant the reporting of events to coincide with their views. Look to independently owned media or look outside the country for accurate accounts of what actually happens. I listen to the BBC more and more.

    July 11, 2008 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  3. Elaine

    Wow...all I can say is..."forget much???"

    This man has no position on women's rights. Yesterday, he fumbled his way through questions asked by the report about why Viagra is covered under insurance and Birth Control pills aren't...you could pratically see the wheels spinning in his head. It was the funniest thing to watch.

    Then accuses Obama from not being their for a vote, that he McCain, wasn't even there for either. Talk about losing one's bearings!

    July 11, 2008 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  4. Texans for Obama

    McCain is lying about everything. "He doesn't speak for me" Phil Graham is his chief financial adviser. McCain is finished. Why doesn't he retire? This man is too old. He is old school. Most of his advisers are "old geezers". America needs a change. A very big change! This is 2008, and we need a younger person with fresh ideas to lead America. No more old school players.
    Go Obama!

    July 11, 2008 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  5. Kpawlak

    Contain yourselves libs! I can almost see you drooling over this.
    Come on. Is this the best this country has to offer? Obama and McCain? Any one really qualified is to smart to subject themselves to such ridiculous scrutiny by the media and people of this country. I think we all need to take a look at ourselves. Are we perfect?

    July 11, 2008 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  6. LS West Chester, PA

    Aside from all of his bad political views and flip flopping, McCain is simply TOO OLD to be our president. He can't remember things he has recently said or done (or not done)

    Obama 08!

    July 11, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  7. robert

    Both of these guys are losers. One can't seem to remember anything, and the other shifts his positions continually to fit the prevailing wind.

    Time to vote for a 3rd Party Candidate.

    July 11, 2008 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  8. I AM A PUMA!!!!!

    I decided I am a PUMA, I really can't remember why I decided this anymore......But it feels good!

    Feels good to be so angry.......so spiteful......I am SO ready to throw my country under the bus because I will feel so righteous.......and don't worry, I'll remind you over and over and over again!

    I cannot wait for more wars.......I cannot wait for women's issues to take a back seat in this country, I mean – who needs women anyway?

    I cannot wait for the richest in this country to be richer....while I sit around complaining.....

    I cannot wait to make oil execs richer and send more and more jobs overseas.....

    Yeah – PUMAS! WE ARE SO AWESOME!!!!!

    July 11, 2008 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  9. Power to the People = Former Repug

    Please show McCain some luv. It comes with age and we have to respect it. McDepends needs a break from this gruelling race against an intelligent and alert young man. We should blame Liebermann for not being there to whisper in his ear. We need to be careful because McShame may forget to show up for his innaugural. lol

    July 11, 2008 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  10. Subhash Durlabhji

    Man can't remember anything. He couldn't remember how he voted on insuranace for birth control pills either. He increasingly has the deer-in-headlights look about him. Obama does not have to raise the age issue, it'll be there for all to see.

    July 11, 2008 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  11. carolflowery

    Truth is, we have a junior and a senior running, a person who i even doubt is truly an American citizen, what a joke that would be if the facts were truly factual, oh look, the emperor has no clothes on

    July 11, 2008 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  12. Joe M for HIllary

    So what else is new? Flub is McCain's middle name! Second TN 62 above, Hillary is not and will not be the nominee, so move on. We can't continute on the same course as the last eight years. For those of you who still can't use deductive reasoning, here it is. Obama has the most delegates, hence the nomination. No amount of hatred, charges with substantiation et al. Will change that.

    All you Clinton "Kool Aide" drinkers are doing is ruining the reputation of a fine Senator from New York and reducing her influence in the next Senate where we need her lead on health care and a lot more.

    Look at yourselves in the mirror and ask if you really are doing what's best for our country with your actions. Be "for" something for a change.

    July 11, 2008 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  13. totally neutral

    "Violating interantional treaties?"
    "Threatening neighbors?"
    "Continued military activities?"
    does not come without cost.........................
    HOW MUCH ARE YOU GOING TO PAY FOR THE UNITED STATES' ACTIONS MR. MCCAIN??????????????????????? The American People have paid way too much already.
    enough bs – a little reality, please.

    July 11, 2008 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  14. Kristin

    Interesting that when McCain makes a flub its not that big of a deal. Let Obama had made that error McCain camp would have been smeared this all over the news.

    July 11, 2008 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  15. Jeremy

    What are you Obama supporters so worked up about. I thought Iran was not a threat. Oh wait a minute he changed his stance on that too. Never mind. I hope Obama has the experience to lead these great 58 states.

    July 11, 2008 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  16. Patrick Henry, Fort Myers

    Whats most telling is that both of these Senators were AWOL when an important vote was taken.

    The question is: if either becomes President–will they be more loyal to their constituents–than they have been to those who voted them into the Senate?

    July 11, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  17. Matt M.

    So this is McCain's strategy. To keep LYING to people and hoping that he doesn't get caught? He's lied to people on this issue, about Obama's tax plan, about the gas tax holiday, about whether he ever said he was weak on the economy, about people attacking his Vietnam war record... the list goes on.

    How can anyone vote for this man?

    July 11, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  18. Joseph Adewole

    Americans must now realise that McCain is too old to be The President of The most powerful and most advanced country in the world; he even forgot what he did in less than a year ago. how will this man fit into the White House?.....Someone should tell me please.

    July 11, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  19. Ray Spix

    Depends for the old coot, John
    Maybe he will FORGET to wear them

    July 11, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  20. Adam

    Well, the important thing to remember is that McCain was for it, before he was against... deciding to appear on the Senate floor to vote for it.

    July 11, 2008 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  21. Michael, an independent Canadian

    It is so unfortunate that someone running for the most powerful position on the planet cannot remember whether he voted on a bill for which he attacks his opponent!!

    As for McCain's two-faced comments to Canadians......twice he has slammed our public healthcare system (during the primaries), which is a model Americans should look more closely at, and he has the audacity to come to Canada and pretend that he is our friend!!!!!!!

    It is so sad that so many Americans put their Republican party ahead of being American. Why else would 40+ % of the American people vote for McCain?

    July 11, 2008 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  22. Cynthia Proffitt

    McCain told a woman Monday at the Denver townhall "I will fix Medicare." Tuesday, next day, McCain did not bother to even show up to vote on that Medicare Bill - but the very ill Teddy Kennedy did as did Obama.

    July 11, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  23. Florida Democrates for Obama

    Are you kidding me...? One lie after another...? I mean if you are going to talk bad about someone's voting record, atleast choose a bill that you were there for!!! Don't lie to the American people and have your surrogates call us "Whiners". Sounds like Johnny boy is getting desperate already. Wife just bought him a plane but yet nothing is going right. If he lied on something simple as a bill to vote for, what else is to come? C'mon people, Obama is the right choice.... Enough Said!

    July 11, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  24. John in Columbus Ohio

    "Obama didn't bother to vote for... for... for the vote where I didn't bother to vote. Sorry guys, senior moment! Where's my ginko boloba? Hate that stuff. Ginko sounds like pinko."
    -McCain

    July 11, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  25. Nick, Eden Praire MN

    "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."

    Wait, didn't Hillary vote to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization and Obama bash her relentlessly for it? Neither of these politicians are worth voting for this Dec.

    July 11, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
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