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. AP (ATL)

    It's time for a new generation with fresh ideas to stand up and reclaim America. Old politics, the old way of doing things has led us to where we are now. Not many Americans I talk to are happy with the direction we are headed as a nation and you would think more people would be ready to try something new. The definition of insanity is to continue doing the same things and then expecting a different outcome. Bush-McCain ideology/politics has had its' run. It's time for a course correction. For me, the choice is simple and I am voting for Obama. No one is perfect and I hope no one is looking for a "messiah," in any candidate. Senator Obama is our best hope for change and he is certainly a departure from what we've had for the last 8 years.
    Obama '08.

    July 11, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  2. indiePA

    The sad thing about this is that Iran has ALWAYS been at the front of the pack as far as training terrorists and ruling the Middle East with a heavy hand. Saddam Hussein wouldn't stand for it. So, instead of preparing the U.S. for a showdown with Iran, the moron in office decides to invade a sovereign country based on a lie and create yet another haven for terrorists. Reminds me of the boy who cried "Wolf!!" so many times that, when there really was a wolf, no one believed him. Maybe that analogy is too deep for Bush/McBush and the rest of their regime to understand.

    July 11, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  3. McCain is NOT diplomatic

    Being diplomatic and speaking well (and remembering details) is basic to being a president. McCain just does not cut it in so many ways.

    Obama on the other hand better watch as he voted and was present for very little and it is catching up to him.

    Better get Edwards at his side or Clinton or looking like a very, very tough battle and should not be with only McCain to beat.

    July 11, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  4. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Once again, senility and lack of preparation reveal exactly how ill-prepared McSame is to be president. Throw in anger management issues and you have a real recipe for an Apocalyptic administration, although I probably shouldn't say that too loud, as the evangelicals who are hoping for the end to the world are probably sorry Dumbya hasn't started WWIII yet....

    July 11, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  5. Whiner in PA

    McCain seems to be "forgetting" a large chunk of his voting record recently – on this issue, the medical insurance issue, multiple veterans' issues including funding for the VA........

    Age and senitlity, or typical political silly season sliminess? You be the judge.

    July 11, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  6. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    I guess Sentor McSame needs to take some time to review a lot of video tape, so he can refresh his memory about what he said in the past.

    July 11, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  7. Gary

    It's becoming clear to me that McCain is too old to remember what he voted on. This guy dosen't have the stamina or the healthy brain cells left to run the country. Imagine what he would be like in another 3 or 4 years at age 75.

    July 11, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  8. MurphyMorseJohnson

    McCain says he voted for anti-terrorist measures when, in fact, he did not cast such a vote and was not even in the Senate during the vote. He probably had more important things to do–like darning his socks. Just kidding, his wife is loaded with dough and he with bologna.

    July 11, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  9. Ike

    Ok, HRC supporters who back McBush. Have you heard enough yet. The man can't remember if he was there to vote on the Kyl-Lieberman amendment, yet criticizes someone else about not being there to vote. His top economic advisor, and very good friend I might add, calls the recession as being all in our heads (a "mental recession"). Calls the country a bunch of whiners (how's that for patriotism). In Aug 1999 this man says "Ultimately I would like to see Roe vs. Wade repealed."

    You many of you want to vote for this yahoo as if his values are close to HRC's. Are you getting the picture yet? Even if you do get McBush into office, this man will send this country down a hole so deep that if HRC became president 4 years later after 12 years of Bush and McBush, she could never dig us out in her term(s).

    July 11, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  10. BigTallMatt

    Lest we forget that McCain has been absent from Senate voting more than any other Senator over the last two years. More than Barack Obama. More than Hillary Clinton. And yes, more than Sen. Tim Johnson (D-North Dakota), who suffered a brain hemmorhage in late 2006 and was absent for almost a year, and has served in limited capacity since.

    If the man is the biggest no-show for his current job, how can we expect him to be the leader of the free world?

    July 11, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  11. Dem in SC

    The amount of missed voting opportunities or "present" votes between the two of these men is staggering! What happens in 2009 when one of them is in office? Either we have the quick to anger, senile old man with his finger on the button or the man who can't make an definitive decision on anything!

    July 11, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  12. Marie

    CNN and the rest of the media is holding this Old Man up. Statements on Social Security, Medicare, Health Insurance Coverage, Veteran Support, Ecomony etc. if they were fully covered would would give clear insight as to why this guy is way over his head. McFool.

    July 11, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  13. white male

    mc cain will always be tellin lies ppl cause even the marriage with his first wife he lied as to he seein cindy hensely mc cain at the same time cause he would visit her and so she would visit him and who is he tinkin that he is foolin,there must be datin in progress and commitin adultry in the same time cause wat would make one tink that after five weeks after his divorce with carol go run and marry cindy,who is he tinkin is he foolin no wonder the reagans friendship with him were not what it used to be,from back then up till now mc cain will always be lyin and will never stop lyin as he has endorsed the book of carl rove,titled how the rep gets elected and that is lies and more lies,judgement day is comin for him in november as so he has to face it to with the lord on judgement day wit his first wife and divoce,cnn accordin to the word of the lord CAROL is still mc cain wife and he was in adultry and she is not,she can remarried but he cannot,he better fix it or else he will have it out with the father.please post cnn.love you all.

    July 11, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  14. @HusseinIsAmerican2

    If you loved the way the Bush republicans handled Katrina, you're going to love the McShame/Graham "plan" to fix our economy.
    This incident only further serves to underscore the fact that republicans can't manage a crisis without making it worse, and then blaming others for somehow being "unpatriotic" or failing to show sufficient "independent spirit and personal responsibility". With them, its all about profits.

    July 11, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  15. mike harding

    Talking about Iran.....
    "this kind of threat, threatening of their neighbors, continued military activity is not without cost,” McCain said on Wednesday.

    No, we know about the cost of continued military activity, McCain!!
    And we look forward to the next 100 years of unimaginable cost of imperialism, both in US lives and limbs and dollars and lost possibilities for making a better world for everybody.

    Vote for John McBush if you think the last 8 years have been good for our country.

    And we still have not killed Osama bin Laden.
    Keeping our eye on the ball, eh?

    July 11, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  16. lucywilson

    The one who will become President, will be the one who believes that the U.S. needs to drill here, and drill now on our way to alternative energys and energy independence. $7-$8/gal. gas will kill this economy and this nation. The heart and soul of our country, the small businesses, are already falling, one by one. Independent trucking companies, who transport most of our goods are following. I know that Obama does not seem to be concerned about the price of gas, only that he is surprised that "the price rose so quickly" . What is his plan? So far, I have only heard "No drilling, No nukes" Maybe Obama and other elitists can handle $5-$10/gal. gasoline, but most of us peons, (read, "pee-ons") cannot.

    July 11, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  17. Schratboy

    McCain misfiring? Hmmm. What about Barry Obama the media phenomena when he said rather than Spanish-speaking kids learning English we should learn Spanish first? I'd say Barry blew it, BIG TIME!

    July 11, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  18. Cynthia

    He voted for it but wasn't even in town. Gosh, another example among many of where Senator McCain has misspoke or just plain told an untruth.

    July 11, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  19. Obama 08: Female, 60, white

    McCain's ability can be viewed clearly on the vidoe being run on CNN of his reaction/lack of reaction to the question on whether birth control should be covered by medical plans.

    It wasn't the question or the issue, it was his whole facial reactions and demeanor that seriously make me question his mental capacities to be president.

    I also think it is amazingly hypocritical that he says "I speak for me" about the "whining" when he is constantly attacking and smearing Obama for every syllable out of his surrogates' and supporters' mouths.

    July 11, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  20. Turning the page

    After what will be the last disastrous 8 years of George thanks-dad W Bush – arguably the most disastrous 8 year period in the history of the nation, it is scary, S-C-A-R-Y, that Mr McCain has a 50% chance of taking over as the next president!!

    Lord please help usl!!

    July 11, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  21. Sue/PA

    Missed that vote and the GI Bill, FISA, and Medicare votes. Mr MCWAR has CRS disease.......Cant remeber &hit.............nor can he remember he has a day job???

    I did notice that his response to Gramms "Nation of Whinners" and "Mental Resession" was...a MAN who lost his job..not mental resession....a WOMAN worried about affording her childs education, not whining. hmmmmmmm a tad sexist with that one John. ...I guess men dont worry about education for their kids eh???

    Wake up women.......he wont help you..to him..."a womans place is in the home".............old fashion, from an old man

    July 11, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  22. RC

    Hmmm. the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Reminds of the 80's when The right mentioned the evil "Elite Republican Guard". Which changed to the Republican Guard when the Iraqi army put up no resistance, then to the Iraqi Guard, then to the Republicans made up the Elite Republican Guard in the first place.

    July 11, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  23. FEDERICO GUERRA

    Like Senator Obama states, we respect John Mcain military service, but the Republican candidate does not have control over his own words... this is sad. He is not fit to be our president....

    July 11, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  24. sherry for Obama

    Mc Lame said he voted against it when he wasnt even there??????

    His memory doesnt seem to be too sharp
    Lately he seems to get a little confused
    America is this someone you would trust to be our commander and cheif ?
    I think not for me

    Obama all the way

    July 11, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  25. Don P

    Wow. This old coot is so absent minded that he can't remember where he was, or even where he is most of the time! 2 words retirement home.....lol

    July 11, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
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