July 11th, 2008
08:38 AM ET
7 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. Franky

    LOL!!! Is O.K Senator McCain, you're old, I understand, LOL!!!

    July 10, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. KenB, MI

    I say we use some McCain funds and hire ROBOT from Lost in Space to help run his campaign – "Error, Error, Error...Danger, Danger Danger Will Robinson!"

    July 10, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  3. SLIM

    I don't disrespect old people but, this man is already forgetting many things and his thoughts are diminishing. I think he's TOO OLD TO BE PRESIDENT.

    July 10, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  4. Gene

    When is the press going to list McCain's 14 absolute lies as depicted on actual video tapes (U-tube). (They are not doctored)

    July 10, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  5. David Goldman,Los Angeles, CA

    ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE CARL ROVE BOOK

    OF HOW A REPUBLICAN GETS ELECTED. AND

    MCSAME HAS WHOLEHEARTEDLY EMBRACING IT,

    LIE, LIE, LIE. PROBLEM WITH THAT IS IN THE AGE OF VOD,

    WE CAN FIND THAT LIE IN SECONDS. THERE ARE 300 SUCH

    MCSAME VIDEOS ON THE NET.

    July 10, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. KE

    We can’t compare Sen. McCain to Sen. Obama’s flip flops. Sen. John Kerry was done with one flip flop. Sen. Obama's flip flops uncountable...

    Sen. Obama seems to say things to become one with everybody but in a wrong way. It doesn’t work under the public spotlight. He is not a seasoned politician. And we don’t know who he really working for.

    Since Sen. Obama came along, people can’t be people anymore. It’s been a long time even last time we’ve seen Jesse Jackson. But will they throw him under the bus…oh, I think he’s been under the bus.

    Sen. Obama would like to change us all into little Obama if he can, but he is in the wrong place.

    July 10, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  7. Matt: honestly

    Anyone tired of the Repubs dismissing our government's checks and balances citing "executive privilage?" What a bunch of garbage. McCain can not even remember what votes he was there for and the ones he wasn't!!!!!

    July 10, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz

    MCMORON DOES NOTHING BUT MISFIRE.

    July 10, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  9. Proud American

    McCain is a fool. He cant even keep track of his own lies.

    July 10, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  10. Rose

    TO R.I.F.:

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who's noticed how much the media lets McCain get away with!

    The things that McCain has said and done this and that have been under-reported should have ended his campaign.

    July 10, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  11. american

    you are being called on all your lies,so,stop doing it.you might keep some votes if you stop ,now.

    July 10, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  12. MCCAIN 08

    Please tell Hillary to go home and get a job. We don't her or screaming women to win this election. Why don't they make me a sandwich and keep their mouths shut?

    McCain 08

    July 10, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. Larry Buchas

    Give the guy a break. He indended to vote for Lieberman's amendment. Maybe he thought he did?

    July 10, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  14. Citizen

    Duh!!!!!!

    July 10, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. James Hussein, SC

    TonyNJHC,

    You are starting to prove yourself as stupid as the candidate you support.

    July 10, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. VCM

    If you think Mccain is bad, who is Obama? Liberal, Conservative or the greatest panderer who fooled America. Choose the best answer while Obama is still figuring how to define himself. Vote Independent Nader so the fun can begin

    July 10, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  17. marty from Indiana

    The poor old man can't seem to remember anything any more. He is clearly becoming senile.

    July 10, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  18. DJ, LA, CA

    Ooopps! Comedy of errors today from the McCain staff.

    July 10, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  19. vivian

    haha Mccain is a stinkin liar! He isn't fit to wipe Obamas shoes!!!

    July 10, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  20. Martha, Georgia

    What next for McCain, he would bomb S. Korea and say N. Korea was threatened by its neighbors to the south; I voted for a guest worker program for Canadians; or better yet, I voted for a healthcare bill for seniors in New Zealand because the Americans will pay for it. Geez, what next.

    July 10, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  21. David

    Scary looking McCain. Man, that dude is a maverick huh? He's a scary lookin dude. Too scary to be president. America is stick and tired of these crazy conservatives...lol

    July 10, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  22. former GOP member

    Is it me or is McCain losing it. Does he not remember things or does he think that the people won’t find him out??? McCain really thinks that he can say anything and no one will notice???? It is clear that he is too old and is not in his right mind.

    July 10, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  23. Bayou Joe

    Just like this Junior Senator to take credit for legislation that never made it out of committee. Even if it had, he would have voted present as he usually does. And this is the chump you want for president.

    No experience, no loyalty, no original ideas, no solutions. NO OBAMA.

    July 10, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  24. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    Please tell Hillary to go home and get a job. We don't her or screaming women to win this election. Why don't they make me a sandwich and keep their mouths shut? McCain 08

    oh please, fool, we ALL know the only woman in your life getting you sandwiches is your mother!! and even SHE is ready for you to move out of the basement and find a job!!!

    July 10, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  25. Janet Jacme

    If is quacks like a slimy politician ... it is one ... oh duck.

    McCain couldn't wait long enough to research the facts and get them correct before attempting to score political points by mouthing off about how he was different than Obama.

    It's either that or he just deliberately lied.

    Who is keeping track of these "mispeakings"? I'd like to see a list on labor day which show the statement, the date, the venue ... document it all.

    July 10, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
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