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. Esther

    Looks like McSame is starting to realize that he's losing ground, time to scrounge up some nonsense to make Obama look bad. He's going to win by a landslide, get over it already. Do people not realize how small the chances are that McSame will win? Iraq wants us out, the economy is terrible, McSame is a liar, need any more clues to be convinced? Do you McSame voters actually think that Obama will be that bad? I think you are all terribly naive.

    July 11, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  2. tom

    does it scare anyone else that a presidential candidates inital reaction is just to lie without even thinking, ot a point where it's almost reflexive in order to make himself look good and the other guy bad.

    July 11, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  3. Kellie

    McCain's age has really never been an issue with me, but this is getting ridiculous.

    Blunder after blunder, mistake after mistake.

    Obama is not perfect by any means, but someone needs to go over McCain's voting record with his before he speaks again.

    July 11, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  4. dg

    Memory is the second thing to go...

    July 11, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  5. Obama '08

    McBush needs to sit down... and retire. Just go get an RV and travel with your funny looking wife

    July 11, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  6. Bill

    McCain is now acting like Hillary. Lets call this "Truth Stretching".

    July 11, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  7. Tom

    PUMAS, is this your man really? Look at the Viagra interview on you-tube and ask yourself again....how can anyone SANE vote for this guy?

    July 11, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  8. Reginald M. malone, Sr.

    This misstep by Sen. McBush just proves that the man has lost his bearings again! Sen. McBush needs to get his facts straight before allowing words to slip out of his face. I thought George Bush was bad enough, but Sen. McBush takes the cake.

    July 11, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  9. margo

    Ronald Regan was a REPUBLICAN,

    Obama is a liberal, socialisty Democrat.

    So, don't copy how to run the country you Democrats,

    McCain will be one of the best presidents and don't copy his style. Obama.

    McCain 008.

    July 11, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  10. Sue in MI

    We Clinton "people" are angry because she IS the choice of the people, and the DNC decided that Obama was better for the country. We will not sit by and watch Obama cave to Bush on FISA and war funding, which he promised not to do! While we can NEVER vote for McCain, we will not sit by and watch Obama turn into a Republican either. We will hold him and his blind supporters accountable right up til the election and beyond. And if he is wise, he will put her on the ticket beside him, so that he can benefit from her counsel and her knowledge. She is the best, the only, choice for VP at this point.

    July 11, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  11. David

    Obama said he wouldn't vote for FISA and he did just that. This is the politics of change? Politics of change your mind or change your lie perhaps.

    July 11, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  12. Rene D, Bel Air, MD

    Both campaigns seem in disarray as they gear up for the national elections. McCain's vaunted experience will do only harm if he continues to falter when calling upon that experience. Obama will continue to have a difficult time reaching back to a non-existent past. The media will be going back to Clinton's comments for context and ammo; I'm not sure I'd avise McCain's staff to do the same-they don't know how to use the information.

    To "TN 62 Republican woman" and her "You Clinton People" comment and tone: That's never been a very useful or helpful avenue for discussions at the presidential level. We still have to deal with the fact aht there are at least 18,000,000 million voters in that group, nearly as much as Obama, running on her known record, and more than McCain, a supposedly highly experienced politician. Let's not insult any of these fine people, ok?

    July 11, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  13. J.

    What doesn't seem to ever get questioned is the wisdom of labeling part of the military of a sovereign country a "terrorist" organization in the first place.

    By what definition, that does not also apply to the US military and the CIA, are they terrorists?

    This kind of childish rhetoric renders the term "terrorist" meaningless.

    July 11, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  14. jfs Memhis, Tn

    It seems that Sen. McCain is becoming more easily confused. I have to admit that seeing him try to answer the question on the covered Viagra drug vs. a Birth control drug at an interview yesterday by a reporter he seemed TOTALLY disconnected and perplexed. My 90 yr old grandparents get that way sometimes......I actually felt sorry for him and I felt relieved when the TV clip was completed. I support Obama ...... but the McCain folks need to screen this stuff more closely. McCain may end up getting sympathy votes only......not what we would like our President to be.... came across as not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

    July 11, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  15. tim

    Obama's message==What don't ever have a real job, don't ever be a boss of anything, don't take a risk on a venture, give lectures to others
    about being lazy!!!, and shake down folks for guilt cash. Yeah Obama
    has a great message

    July 11, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  16. Lou

    ok..This is a concern when sen. Mccain has made so many statements that he has or has not said or voted for something and when some research is done its just the opposite..This man obviously has a memory issue even with things only weeks ago. I am sorry but do we really want a president with these issues..of course its up to the voters but it really concerns me

    July 11, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  17. Sue St. John

    Too bad cnn doesn't report all the false claims that obama makes as false claims. If I didn't know better, I would think cnn is just another arm of the obama campaign.

    July 11, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  18. terry baren

    Let me get this straight. Both these guys are running for President as they say of the Free World. They don't where they are when an important vote takes place. What a tragedy?

    July 11, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  19. Keith!

    Wow...People stop posting polls in your comments, seriously.

    Here's why: A candidate can win without being ahead in the % of americans voting for him.

    Look at the college electoral map, it shows obama up by ~40 points with half of the toss up states leaning towards Obama.

    People don't realize how smart the Obama campaign really is. McCain could even be ahead in the national poll for all they care, Obama will still win as of now.

    Obama 08

    July 11, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  20. Scott

    He forgot that he was in Bosnia landing under sniper fire.

    OBAMA 2008

    July 11, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  21. F. Lynn

    I'm starting to hear alot of this from McCain. You can keep putting this off as mistakes. He doesn't know Sunni from Sheia, Samolia from Suddan, His votes for Veterens needs, Senators stand on health care, energy and just about every policy. Either he doesn't really know or he lies. Lies would be bush like. Maybe it's old age? That would explain it.
    Even Lou Dobbs is starting to report on it. You know it must be bad. McCain is wrong for America and allies himself with people who would call you – who's jobb got outsourced and your loosing your home, a whinner?
    Vote Obama and lets get this country back on track

    July 11, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  22. Noah

    I’m voting for Obama but this is the first election in which I like and respect both candidates. I encourage my fellow Obama supporters to please stop belittling Mr. McCain and don’t underestimate this man.

    If you want to attack McCain do it on his policy positions, not his age or short-term memory. All that does is make you look ignorant and it reflects bad on the party as a whole.

    July 11, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  23. JCK

    I think the best word to describe McCain at this point would be..."Hypocrite?"

    July 11, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  24. Obama for President

    These are not the only mistakes he made this week:

    1. McCain unambiguously called Social Security "an absolute disgrace."

    2. McCain's top economic policy adviser calls Americans a bunch of "whiners" for being worried about the slumping economy

    3. Iraqi leaders call for a timetable for U.S. withdrawal, McCain gets caught in a bizarre denial and flip flop.

    4. McCain's economic plan to cut the deficit has no details and is simply not believable

    5. McCain's deficit plan includes bringing the troops home represents a major Iraq flip-flop

    6. McCain campaign misled about economists support

    7. McCain makes a joke about killing Iranians.

    8. McCain denies, flatly, that he ever said that he is not an expert in economics

    July 11, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  25. Ric Shaw

    Unbelievable. Yet another McSame gaff. Next we will find out that his idea of economic relief is using his wife's fortune to buy everyone groceries and fly them to work every day in her private jet. This guy is not fit to be president of the AARP.

    July 11, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
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