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. Mary WA

    VCM-Obama is eclectic, which makes him more pragmatic than ideological. That is why he can get things out of gridlock in DC. He CAN cross the isle and compremise. A bird in the hand is worth more than two in the bush( no Bush pun intended-but it fits) People who always stick to an ideological stance run a risk of being domatic and dangerously narrow minded. This is not a black and white world. It has a lot of gray zones.

    July 10, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  2. al








    July 10, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. An American

    McCain, Nader, Bob Who? No Thanks... Obama all the way.

    Say it with me "President Obama", get used to it you conservative crack heads.

    July 10, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  4. Nate Hussein

    Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca


    July 10, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. Terry, Dallas Texas

    It's easy to spot the Straight Talk Express. It's the bus going 40 mph in the left lane with the turn signal on for the last 10 miles.

    July 10, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  6. Wayne

    Yep, he'll be ready on day one–NOT.

    July 10, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  7. EDW

    If people would look into how McCain has voted against women's rights and veteran benefits while he has been in the Senate they would see the real McCain.

    July 10, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  8. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    The senile old man has lied and flip-flopped so much he can't even keep track of it anymore.

    And you think he can protect this country? Give me a break. Obama ain't no Sunday picnic, but you get the distinct impression he can at least keep track of which day of the week it is, how many troops we have in Iraq, who Iran supports in the world of terrorism, whether or not babies are getting enough hot water, and how to do basic enough math to handle the economy. McSenile has none of the above, and every time he opens his mouth he proves it.

    July 10, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  9. Nadia

    I don't like the fact that Obama chews gum so much. It doesn't look presidential. I think he does it because he gave up smoking.

    I'm voting for him, but it doesn't look presidential.

    July 10, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. nitro

    KE I dont care how you try to come to the rescue of this decrepit old man, he cant blame anyone but himself. So stop making excuses period.

    July 10, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  11. Foreign observer

    Stay clear on words. Iranian Revolutionary Guards are a state supported paramillitary Iran people suppression machinery which is protecting a religious dictatorship. That´s not the same as a terrorist organization !!! Most dictators have similar armed forces. Are all dictatorships also terrorists? Then – why US is supporting so many of them.

    July 10, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  12. kenny (chicago)

    LOL...Another misspoke... i hope they will ask him about this comment during the debate. i can't wait to see him explain it for Americans.

    July 10, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  13. Orange

    The Iranians want to close the Straights ( Whatever it is called. ) so Pelosi wants to start to use the oil in the ' Strategic Supply '. I wonder why I think that may not be the SOLUTION. Dems you got to focus, first restore democracy, then start being very concerned about why we consume 3 times the energy we produce, thereby shipping out billions of dollars. It's called vision and it's a nessesary component of the art of leadership.
    And by the way supporting policy that encourages high food and energy prices is far from democratic, not very considerate to the needs of the poor and it is also detrimental to our ecconomy and our businesses.

    Mc Cain Democrat - Just say no !

    July 10, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  14. richard

    Is it true Lou Dobbs is voting for Nader???

    July 10, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. Iam4mycountry

    KE: Don't tell me McCain doesn't flip flop!!! His flop flops are actual reversals. Where as Obama hasn't really changed what he is talking about. I have been listening and I don't see a reversal from Obama on the important issues. Iraq, Roe v Wade, Health care, education, energy. But McCain was against Drilling and now he is for drilling!!!

    AND, do you really feel comfortable voting for a man who jokes about killing people?

    July 10, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. Kingsley Orji

    I'm afraid of the 'mistakes' that has dogged John McCain's campaign. They may seem light now but will be costly if he is POTUS and worse still, he'll have to defend them like Bush.

    July 10, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. Anna, MO

    McCain is mean. I guess if you were held captive for 5 years you lose touch of your sense of humor. I don't like a president who stares you in the eye and dismisses you. The reporters are there for the people.
    Hey John, we're Americans, not the enemy.

    July 10, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  18. skunkrat The Marine

    Again, Sen. McCain demonstrates why he is unfit to be President. He is a chronic liar and his memory is failing him. This is a very dangerous man to trust with the most powerful Nuclear arsenal in the world especially with his love for WAR. This is happening too often and on a large variety of topics.

    July 10, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  19. linda from South Dakota

    mccains in trouble and he knows this,, thats why hes keepin a distance between him and bush,,, mccains also having problems with his campaign people,, seems they arent too reliable,, well is this who you want? not me,, people slam obama and they dont even know or watch him so how can they sway your vote?? obama has much better ieads than mccain whose bein cohenced by the bush admisistration,,, believe it or not , its true,, thats why mccain is adviced to keep a distance between him and bush,,, people get smart.. do your searches and watch tv,, if you are smart, you will see mccain is and will be another bush,, if he gets elected, wow,, we are in trouble then,, watch and see,,,,,, OBAMA!!!!!!!

    July 10, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  20. Realistic

    Everytime that McGeezer opens his mouth he comes across as a doddering old fool who is clueless about pretty much everything. Gosh, and to think that I liked McCain in 2000 but his move to the extreme right didn't take me (and a lot of other moderate Republicans) with him. Screw the evangelicals/Pharisees.

    July 10, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  21. Jarrod

    McCain is out of touch with this generation. I am 34 and make 1/3rd of what my dad made doing similar work when he was my age. Inflation is going thru the roof. Nothing left to cut out of the budget except food. I must be in a 'mental recession'. And the steady drumbeat of the wardrum with Iran. Can we ever have a leader that looks at the mideast fairly? as in , Israel has undeclared nukes, so why WOULDNT Iran want them? When will we look at BOTH nations as a threat to peace. Im Not Anti semantic, but im tired of Israel bucking international treaties (green line, settlements , palestinians with no access to food anyone?). Maybe if we held EVERYONE to the law , WITHOUT excetion, people would respect the us more. I only hope Obama is up to the task, and the republican fear machine doesnt work on Americans liek it did the last election. 'anyone who sacrifices liberty..for a bit of security.. deserves neither' – Ben Franklin

    July 10, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  22. chris in va

    Does McCain even know where he is anymore?

    July 10, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  23. AT

    As an Army Officer, I will not vote for McCain/Bush and the vast Majority of the ARMY will VOTE OBAMA. It is time to put an end to the maddness!

    OBAMA-CLINTON 2008; 2016; CLINTON-SEBELIUS 2016, 2020


    July 10, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  24. tren

    Wow, McCain's new campaign manager guy is not doing any better than the last one. It's like this campaign is accident prone or something. This can't be good for him.

    July 10, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  25. skunkrat The Marine

    This man is simply MENTALL UNFIT to be President. I admire him for his great desire to serve but, Sen. McCain simply cannot handle the job. The years in the POW Camp, his age and the rigors of life has depleted the Senator.

    July 10, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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