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. Ayan

    I don't what is worse the fact that he is planning to run a campaing with lies or the fact that i'm not surprised.

    This just showes what to expect from McCain, and that is another reason to VOTE FOR OBAMA!!!

    OBAMA '08

    July 11, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  2. Brad

    McCain: unwilling to adapt to changing times, self-described "computer illiterate", forgetful, hot-tempered, disrespectful toward women, called his wife a c-word, miniBush, out-of-touch with the people and reality, he lives off his wife's money and has no idea how the rest of us exist on a daily basis, his campaign workers and supporters are just as bad if not worse, he seems to thrive on the prospect of war and glorifies the concept, he looks like a walking corpse and may in fact be a reanimated zombie. What is getting him his 40%? Do people enjoy being lied to? Is his being a white guy worth 40%? McRacists. McCain was actually a decent prospect for candidacy about 30 years ago. Now he's pandered too much to the Bush regime, he's lost his marbles and is no longer fit to exist let alone run a country. Go away McCain, your era, the Bush era, is over. Let a new generation sweep in and clean up the messes your generation has left us. Oil crisis, economic calamity, wars, unrest, poverty, energy inefficiency, uneven social hierarchy. The "greatest generation" has truly destroyed America.

    July 11, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  3. marulanda(colombia)

    VCM you are out of touch can't you see this an old man ready to go to a retirement home he has no place in the oval office he will be too cunfused to run the country and probably start the 3rd world war, I really mean it he is too dangerous for the whole world.


    July 11, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  4. Cindy

    I'm in no way excusing John McCain's obvious lapse (and I don't plan to vote for him) however am I the only one who remembers that Sen. Obama blasetd Hillary Clinton for her vote in favor of this Bill? Yet, he now touts the fact that he actually put forth a similar legislative in the past.

    July 11, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  5. Katy Prescott, Az.

    McCain is mentally deranged, suffering from senility and has absolutely no business running the country. Why Republicans couldn't come up with someone who has full control of his mental faculties is beyond me after 8 years of Bush the bumbling idiot. If Americans are stupid enough to put McCain in office then we desrve to go down in flames.

    July 11, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  6. GOP flip flops in the public

    flip flop flip flop
    and Sen. Gramm? On the Senate banking committee, he wanted to abolish the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and loosen regulations on banks and securities firms... It is people like this (McCain's economic team) who have gotten us in the housing mess we're in today...
    Whose values do they truly represent? big biz, oil, ultra-rich
    so, you'll see them misfiring on message all the time...
    flip flop flip flop

    July 11, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  7. Cindy

    I'm in no way excusing John McCain's obvious lapse (and I don't plan to vote for him) however am I the only one who remembers that Sen. Obama blasted Hillary Clinton for her vote in favor of this Bill? Yet, he now touts the fact that he actually put forth a similar legislation in the past.

    July 11, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  8. David from Ohio

    McCain was for the amendment before he forgot to vote for it. McCain was also for the Bush tax cuts before he was against them.

    July 11, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  9. Gary

    It's pretty sad when they're missing votes in Congress because they are out campaigning for another job. Do your job as senators first and then you can run for president on your own time. You owe it to the people of Arizona and Illinois to represent them as long as your in office. And spare me the vote wasn't a big deal. That's not the point – it's the principle. I'm tired of these politicians doing everything but their jobs. That's one reason why we're in the state we're in.

    July 11, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  10. Roland(Washington)

    Mcain have lost his memory as a result of his age or disability, my question for Americans is : what is the retirement age for politicians.

    If this question is addressed by constiution ,then America will have a presidential candidate that will have retentive memory.

    If care is not taken Americans will be fooled again by repulican fear politics and propganda.

    July 11, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  11. Tim

    If the media doesn't nail him to the wall for this we will know that they are biased. I have an idea, report this like you would if Senator Obama said this stuff....

    McSame is a looser, who is out of touch with reality and can't remember what he says!!!

    July 11, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  12. People make no sense

    Why is Hillary even mentioned in this article? Hillary supporters, please stop posting on this blog about Hillary and get to work so you can pay off her debts!

    Like I said, I know 18 million people didn't support her and it was operation chaos all along.

    Hillary supporters are whiners!

    July 11, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  13. Tom

    I don't see any of the republicans supporting Insane McCain on this issue. What happenned?

    Typically you get a whole bunch of them screaming nonsense on these threads.

    July 11, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  14. Real Americans Vote Issues

    Why is it the McCain camp can't get anything right? I'm thinking he should get a new staff all together. How could he continually condemn Obama for things that he does? Like trying to blame him and his camp for Clark and other surrogates, but has the gall to say his top adviser "doesn't speak for me"? He blasted him on a bill and then it turns out he didn't even vote on it. He says his military experience is not the only thing about him that makes him qualified to be leader, but I see more pictures of him in uniform than I do in suits! It makes one wonder if we're all looking at the same thing. And these "PUMA/Hillary or McCain" people are so blinded by hate (I didn't say racism, but for some reason you seem very bitter and angry) that you can't see that this man is not fit to be President. But go ahead, be guided by your wishy-washy half-truths rather than the facts and issues we are supposed to be voting for. Good luck with that.

    July 11, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  15. Ted

    With a terrorist world like we live in today I don't want someone to talk to them I want someone who with fight them.

    The economy, gas prices or the price of mortgages won't matter if the terrorists are not hunted and destroyed.

    Vote for security in November.

    July 11, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  16. Mark

    Vote Nader? You may as well cast your vote for the other old fella whose memory is not quite what it ought to be.

    A liberal who will vote against Obama because he in not liberal enough is merely reactionary. It would be a shame to vote against the better candidate only because he imperfect.

    July 11, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  17. Brad

    Elder McCain symbolizes an elderly, inept America, not quite dead, but ready to die, defecating on itself daily, and it needs its own children and grandchildren to change its diapers and finally put it to rest. We're changing the oily diapers, filled with corporate slime and corruption, we're spoon-feeding a decrepit, decaying America while it stares blankly at Matlock and drools on itself. We're just waiting for it to die so we can divide up its belonging and start fresh, start a new America without a cabinet full of antiques, without old methods, old prejudices, old ways of thinking, and old grudges. An America that will wake up to changing times and not just roll over and get bed sores. An America that doesn't need bifocals to read its Constitution and uphold what it claimed to believe in before it got too complacent and comfortable in a dead-end direction. Our children will always be smarter than us and better than us in every way conceivable. There was a time when they needed our elders, but today we look around and we say, where are the adults? Where are those who are supposed to protect us, help us up if we fall, kiss us goodnight? And we suddenly realize that we've become that which must care for ourselves and the time of us needing any adults has past and our elders are now relics on par with cave art or mammoth bone axes.

    July 11, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  18. mollygonz

    The Week That Should've Ended John McCain's Presidential Campaign..Huff Post..must read. This man is a liar and a disgrace to veterans. I am a military wife and as I respect McCain for his service, he is a failure in all else military related. How pathetic that he would vote against funding for veteran's health benefits year after year during war. These people need help and he is turning his back on them. I am disgusted!

    July 11, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  19. CitizenAJ

    This is as expected. Senator Obama even warned the nation of the playbook and plays that the republicans will use. John McCain is SO BUSY trying to one-up Obama on National Security that he forgets the things HE DID not do in support of American's safety. What a nimnod! How can anyone support this guy for President, how can anyone go home and sleep well when they support this guy for President? He avoided the FISA vote purposely so the focused could be on Obama voting for it. He voted for it because he knows the media and the republicans would have jumped all over him if he did not stating that he is soft on national security and the war on global terrorism. Just a ploy folks, don't be fooled by the GOP and John McCain. They CARE NOTHING OF THE ISSUES YOU FACE EVERYDAY, they don't. They got theres and are only trying to maintain the status quo.

    July 11, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  20. John

    Another "misfire", another waffle, etc, etc.

    Can he keep anything straight? I feel his age is hampering his ability to think clearly. The "Straight Talk Express" is far from being what he thinks he is. We don't need someone in the White House with fuzzy thinking who can't remember what he voted for, who our enemies are and who stays with the same game plan as Bush. He has changed so many of his views in order to garner voter support that he is all over the place and at this point his positions are ill defined. What is even more telling is that the Republican Party at best is giving him luke warm support. They don't even like his positions.

    July 11, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  21. Ananta Androscoggin

    Sounds like McCain is determined to prove himself a true successor to the Bush cabal.

    After all, the primary defense of all the members of the Bush administration who have been called on to testify before Congress or a Court, has been "I don't remember . . ." or, basically, that they are mentally incapable of holding the high office which king George has appointed them to.

    Do they really believe that the citizens of the U.S.A. are so stupid that none of us notice that they are pulling this seemingly endless series of perjuries?

    Any democratic form of government must recognize that mistakes are not only probable, but are almost inevitable. Only the Warlock in the White House (per the warlock definition of "oathbreaker" in this case - "Defend the Constitution," remember), our Emperor Geroge, claims imperial infallibility, because he confuses himself personally with the "government of the people, by the people, and for the people."

    sign me a militant moderate in Maine.

    July 11, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  22. PSK

    Let me see if I can get this straight- Phil Graham (a top advisor of McCuckoo) tells me I am whiner, while I struggle to feed my kids on a salary that looks like my kids' allowance these days, but he isn't speaking FOR McCuckoo- (cause he only speaks for HIMSELF as we see above)

    Oh yeah, I forgot that was a Press misquote-

    then the not-yet-senile McCuckoo (who isn't too old and still has all of his already less-than-perfect mental faculties) states he voted on something- even though he wasn't even there?

    Well now folks- after all, it was almost a year ago-

    Keep sticking that foot in there John-Boy

    July 11, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  23. Marv...

    This is the second time he's made that mistake. That concerns me. It was a big gaffe the last time, and he does it again? All seriousness, that really concerns me.

    July 11, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  24. SDunn

    Well it's about time the media starts actually doing their job. They've been on Obama's tail for months and have not mentioned any of John McCains stupid lies. How come you haven't mentioned his little joke about killing Iranians with cigarattes CNN? Not newsworthy to you I guess as usual. Interesting how they start publicizing his gaffes as soon as McCain turned on the media the other day.

    July 11, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  25. Vigla

    VCM, we can't afford votes for Nader. This country is in bad shape. Regardless of what you think of Obama. All it takes is a look at what he's done with his life and you can see he's no conservative...

    So pull your head out of your butt and see the difference between John "I don't recall" McSame and Obama. Nader...are you kidding me?

    July 11, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
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