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. Kenny

    I’m glad these high food prices, gas and transportation cost and job losses are all mental. Now if we can get the entire nation on Prozac everything will be fine. No more MENTAL. Thanks Mr. McCain and Gramm.

    July 11, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  2. Ny Precision


    July 11, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  3. 4Obama

    Give the guy a break, afterall he is over 70. Just as long as he (McCain) doesn't veto my beer.

    July 11, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  4. Concerned

    A candidate who can not rercall what he voted for is a candidate who we do not need for President of the United States. A President of the United States should have a sharp mind. " I can not recall" is not going to cut it as an excuse over and over and over and over again.

    July 11, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  5. JW

    Don't forget folks Phil Gramm was the chief architect of Reaganomics, which is now in full speed, straight down the ole dumper into a depression that will make 1929 look like an economic boom.
    Don't forget MuBush voted with Dubya 90% of time since 2001, want 4 more years? Wanna see what our parents and grandparents went through during the depression? Then vote McCain.

    July 11, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  6. mdg

    Another vote McBush "misremembers"!

    He HAS lost his bearings. No wonder he needs his battery back-ups ( Liberman and Graham) constantly by his side.

    He should make that his campaign slogan: three for one!

    July 11, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  7. Steve

    Does McCain remember that he failed to show up to vote for the new GI bill? Oh yeah, that's right, he opposed it. Way to get behind our troops mister War Hero!

    July 11, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  8. b Jiggy

    Earth to the Hillary/McCain suppporters. Just vote for McCain already and stop with the threats. I find it amazing that senator clinton got herself 22 MILLION dollars in the hole. And now Senator obama, is trying to help her retire her debt and you guys are still being rude. So we dont need you......vote mccain.

    democrats 08 🙂

    July 11, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  9. Roger

    Wow, my company announced a 30% reduction is staff starting in 90 days. Well, good thing its only in my mind!......Not!!!

    Wake up and vote for for change. Obama 08

    July 11, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  10. @HusseinIsAmerican2

    Trust Phil Gramm and those of his ilk – the well-fed, well-clothed, well-housed, well-insured, well-paid – to dismiss those, who are none of the above, as whiners.
    When the next administration takes office, let's return the top bracket income tax rate to 99%, then sit back and listen to who's whining now.

    July 11, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  11. Belle2

    The children making comments on this site should grow up and stop calling people names (McBush, McMoron). How old are you anyway? McCain may forget a few votes but he has years of votes to forget or remember. Obama has not been in the Senate long enough to have voted on many bills and he did not vote on most of the bills he shoulda/coulda/woulda voted for because after 18 months in the Senate he started campaigning for President and forgot his day job. How many of you children would have a job if you forgot about it. He has not been in the Senate long enough to have accrued leave time. How many of you children get paid even if you don't go to work, especially after only 18 months on the job.

    July 11, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  12. Ron

    For being the stalwart guy we are supposed to trust "in the time of war," it's truly frightening just how often McCain strays into la-la land.....

    July 11, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  13. EMJ

    Tee Shirts I have created thus far on the 2008 election.

    1. It's the silly season
    2. i reject "and denounce" him
    3. Shame on you Barack Obama!
    4. GD America!
    5. White people support me! HRC 08
    6. Terrorist Fist Jab
    7. Watch out for snipers!
    8. HRC 08 – She's likeable enough
    9. There's a black man stealing my show!

    10. and the one I am making today 'It's just a 'mental' recession;".

    July 11, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  14. Sen Obama

    in this case, what matters is the intent.

    Obama has claimed to have voted against Iraq war several times, but that was his intent to vote against War, he actually nevr voted.

    July 11, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  15. We're $crewed Either Way

    Wake up people...do you really think that EITHER of these two have what it takes to lead this country. It's real sad state of affairs when we have to pick between an over the hill man who has memory lapses and a man who has minimal experience in leadership, let alone politics. McCain = continued unrest. Obama = can you sleep at night wondering who he'll put in the top positions in his cabinet? We're $crewed America if these are our only two options.

    July 11, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  16. margo

    I will sleep wery well , thank you , when McCain is in the White House!

    McCain 008

    July 11, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  17. McCain's Latest Blunder

    McCain's mistakes, lies and record reversals have become unbearable. Bush drove me from the (now fascist-like) GOP . . . McCain's lack of qualifications, terrible memory, raging anger against any one who calls him on his lies or inconsistencies, disregard (and anger) against women, missing more votes than Obama on crucial issues, not voting FOR supporting our troops, etc., etc., etc., . . . suggests to me that my old party is now run by and supported by people with little conscience, honor or depth of character. McCain will lose and if he doesn't, the country will (as if we have much left to lose because of Bush).

    July 11, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  18. Yes we can!

    that's why you have a campaign staff so they can re-check before you speak....these slip ups are too often and doesn't make a presidential candidate look good.....Obama 2008/2012

    July 11, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  19. Tyler

    Are these the only two we have to choose from out of everyone else in the U.S.?

    July 11, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  20. Mark

    Bush killed America, McCain will surely bury it.

    July 11, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  21. Adam Habib, Dallas, TX

    Long long time ago, there was a great man and patriot and keeper of rights for every person, named John McCain. Does really anyone know what happened to him?

    July 11, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  22. line 'em up, baby

    Let's gather all the lies, all the flips, the flops, line them up, and compare.

    I can't keep up with all of them, as reported.

    Like a new car compared to an old one, which one has the least defects, would be the most dependable, and give you the most comfort for the long haul. Will the high mileage scare you off, or will the modern styling be the deal maker.

    I want to see side-by-side stats. I don't want to compare the sounds of their mufflers.

    July 11, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  23. dlwillson

    Mc...doesn't know what he is talking about.

    he should just start wearing face make-up and call himself Ronald...

    or run for Mayor and Change his name to McCheese...then all the huffing and puffing wouldn't probably get Iran responding with huffing and puffing and testing faulty missiles.

    July 11, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  24. Michigan Jim

    CNN - do Obama supporters really post resposes here at a rate ten times higher than McCain supporters, or are your just choosy in what to post?

    Obama supporters - just how many of you are capable of writing a response that doesn't include bile, invective, insults, grammatical errors, and condescension?

    July 11, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  25. pdawg

    I heard on NPR yesterday afternoon that he also forgot that he voted against a bill that would make birth control for women covered by health insurance . . . but VIAGRA is!

    Here we go again, another politician with a selective bad memory. Cut it out McCain, this isn't straight talk, it's selective senior talk.

    July 11, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
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