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. Joel Weymouth

    We'll see how well Obama does when he is unscripted in a debate. The man is lost without a teleprompter. This is why CNN, MSNBC loves him, he is their "poodle". He will speak at their behest. He is also obviously a coward. He will not appear on O'Reilly, he only appears on friendly networks. Since he cannot handle O'Reilly, how will he handle Chavez, Kim Il Jung, Medvedved, or Ahmadinejad. Get this straight Obama supporters, the man is a small time politician from Chicago. He is a neurotic (chain smoker), and he has a tremendous inferiority complex (watch him with the interview on Access Hollywood), That combination in the presidency is dangerous and potentially tragic.

    July 10, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  2. karen

    So what if Mcain did not vote on some bills but as he said he will veto every single beer when he is president and I am sure he will vote evey single beer also when he is president.Did not hear about this comment-because media did not eleborate this

    July 10, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  3. Fred

    Open your eyes and read the end of the article. It clearly say that McCain sponsored such a law in March 2007. Anyhow McCain reputation on such issue are immaculate. Only a terrorist fan or an Obama cult slave can be blind enough to not realize the obvious.

    July 10, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  4. ron from california

    We are not going to benefit by attacking Iran. We are pouring billions of dollars to protect Israel and in return we get get high oil prices and terror attacks on american soil. American government should take care of american people first by improving our economy and by taking steps to bring down oil price.

    July 10, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  5. EDW

    I honestly think that Bush is going to try to help McCain steal this election. No matter how much we see the McCain campaign implode, they will try to steal this again.

    July 10, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  6. Roger from CA

    Call me an optimist, but this sort of statement, along with Phil Gramm's bombshells in the Washington Times, should help to start opening up the gap between Obama and McCain in the polls.

    [No, Obama-haters, save the cracks that the one going up will be McCain. Americans may be open to manipulation, but they HATE being told their problems are in their heads!!]

    July 10, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  7. EDW

    I don't think McCain is lying, I think he is forgetting...

    July 10, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  8. Linda of Atlanta

    Isn't it clear that McCain is "out to lunch, dinner and supper"? People have no business voting for a man to be President that doesn't know his voting record and can't answer a simple question about the unfairness of insurance companies covering the cost of Viagra, but not covering the cost of birth control prescriptions.
    The way the media is failing to cover the short comings of McCain is unfair and unpatriotic. McCain is too arrogant, too elitist and too ignorant to be President. He even lies about the awards he has received from Veterans' groups. This is news that voters can use. If there are any patriots left in the media, you need to step up now and reveal McCain for who he really is before it is too late and he is elected as POTUS and our nation is placed at the mercy of a man who is clearly not up to the job.

    July 10, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  9. Ricka

    Maybe he thought he had voted by proxy. Don't put anything in writing or speak before a crowd and make your point known if you don't have records to validate your point. Big mistake Senator McCain.

    July 10, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  10. Neal

    The old man is either A) a liar, or B) inept, can't remember when and for what he has voted on important issues such as terrorism legislation, which just happens to be his main platform.

    July 10, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  11. Mike, FL

    Pls don't blame the senator for the mis-statment. He is 72years old and just having another senior moment.

    July 10, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. Cara DePalma

    McCain also takes pages right our of Bush's playbook by not wanting to campaign on weekends. I work weekends and I am NOT trying to run the most powerful nation in the world. Bush took more vacation his first year in the White House than any other sitting president. And what happened after he got back? Yup, 9/11. Asleep at the wheel. I credit McCain with his sacrifice during Vietnam, but the Republican work ethic is non-existent. These guys have the CEO mentality-rather be on the golf course than in the boardroom.

    July 10, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  13. California Gold

    What good is a "tough stance" when you can't remember what you did, how you voted, if you were even present (let alone anyone else) nor can you remember what you ate for breakfast.

    Keep it up McCain. You are destroying the few shreds of voter confidence.

    July 10, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  14. VK -Cal

    You must be having dementia or senile if you see McCain or Bush is the best Pres. for you

    July 10, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  15. Muyiwa

    I sincerely pity the USA if Mcain emerges as President.The senile old man is gonna sleep and forget to wake up when America is under attack or needs serious leadership.

    I wonder what use his so-called military and other exaggerated experiences will be when he is either not awake to use such experiences or he simply can't get his long and short term memory cells to fire in his skull

    July 10, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  16. mk

    Too many mistakes for too critical of a job....

    July 10, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  17. sue calgary

    I fear the rigours of the Presidential Campaign are already beginning to tell on McCain and the race has only just begun! I do not believe that he has either the stamina or the staying power to be the President of the United States. He looks so frail and battered all the time................
    He needs to take a very looo......ng rest NOW!!!!

    July 10, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  18. Allen

    Please stop Rove and Romney from destroying social security!!

    July 10, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  19. Another old white woman for Obama

    Where is McCains Psych report?? We got his physical but not his mental. Dollars to donuts its either Alzheimers or Senile Dementia.
    All candidates should have independent mental evaluations as part of the vetting process. No more illiterates or brain damaged presidents. EVER! It is a simple test.

    July 10, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  20. John Ringnald

    Perhaps getting rid of politics as a profession. There may be another way to find 1 statesman.Seems none now exist. As this system is proving itself to accomplish NOTHING--–lets try term limits.

    July 10, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  21. issac,Pa

    happy 72 years birthday! grapa.

    July 10, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  22. M.S. Indiana

    quote
    '“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.'

    What did they violate ?? testing bombs on their own grounds ?? or did they attack some one as a test ?? And who is it that threatens every one who do not falls in line with the Bush regime ??

    July 10, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  23. Independent

    When you point a finger at someone else, four are pointing back at you John McCain. Get real! You, McCain, are not the man for the job. You are not intelligent enough, you will be the oldest ever, you don't vote for your own bill, and you can't even answer tough questions from the press without saying "i don't remember, let me get back to you on that vote". No John No!

    July 10, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  24. Doc

    Just like McCain keeps taking credit for the new GI Bill that he didnt support or vote against as he was at a fund raiser in California. Yes, he and lapdog Lindsey Graham (R-SC) had an alternate universe GI BIll they cooked up themselves, it never made it to the floor. But, hey, Bush gave McCain credit for it over Jim Webb (D-VA) who actually co-wrote it and had major bipartisan support...so, if Bush said it, then McCain must believe it is true fact.
    Just like the votes he made against Katrina support and then denied.
    Can you spell L-I-A-R? McBush, McLiar, McB.S., McNo Responsibility.
    Laughing in Chesapeake, Va. here......

    July 10, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  25. too old for back bone

    Too old to remember what I did last year
    Too old to remember what I said couple of years back

    Too old for a backbone, otherwise I would have kicked Phil Gramm
    off my campaign. Who else will raise money for me in this old Age

    July 10, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
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