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. Eric Roe

    Reagen was as much a puppet as Bush II, and certainly more effective. His language and delivery wrapped the American psyche in a fuzzy blanket of freedom. Move beyond the left/right dichotomy!

    July 10, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. Orange

    Obama how are you going to re-distribute the wealth when there is no wealth to re-distribute. Policies that hurt business, often hurt the ecconomy and inadversably affect the federal spending money. Sensible solutions for serious problems. Hype ain't gonna get our vote.

    July 10, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  3. Joe G

    CNN is a total joke. Every story they put out is pro-Obama and anti-McCain. Did everyone see the sweet family picture of the Obama's at the July 4th parade??? You would think CNN is working on the man's campaign.

    And do all the Obama nuts know why there was no McCain family picture? Because two of McCain's sons are active in the military and not available for a family get together.

    McCain says nothing about his two sons because it's a question of honor and privacy. So we have to endure the sweet Obama family waving American flags. CNN is a disgrace – Obama is an over-rated nothing and his supporters are nut cases.

    July 10, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  4. Rich

    Misfire or Lie? Either he's dumb or a liar. Take your pick. Seems pretty clear to me which one he truly is.

    July 10, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  5. henry

    Its a good day for old guy's. I think I vote on that issue, or did I. Mccain for vacation homes.

    July 10, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  6. chocolate cain

    FLIP FLOP IS NOT A CRIME IT'S CALLED I CHANGE MY MIND.
    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT.

    July 10, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  7. susie

    It doesn't seem very presidential when Obama MOCKS someone. This is not high school it is someone who should beable to WORK across the table instead of mocking or brushing someone off his shoulder.

    July 10, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  8. Dianne

    Interesting how the majority of blogs posted are for Obama. Interesting how the media continues to spin everything in favor of their chosen one.

    Facts are facts – Obama has no Senate record to speak of.

    July 10, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  9. Tim

    McCain is such a clumsy candidate. He should issue a sincere, clear apology and not try to play politics while also apologizing.

    July 10, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  10. docrock,tx

    Come o people!You may not like EVERYTHING about Obama,but at least he's not two years older than Moses on the mount .Ican not beleive ANY patriot would choose this "parrott",over a viable candidate.Lose the pettiness America,or lose your rights!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For4mer Clinton supporter.

    July 10, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  11. Pat in Cali

    McCain is losing his bearings ... again. OLD...

    July 10, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  12. Concerned Citizen

    Grandpa Mccain is losing his bearings on daily basis now.

    July 10, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  13. henry

    Old guy for president, I dont think so. Mccain has his finger on the panic button already, without consulting with anyone. all we need is another trigger happy BUSH at the helm.

    GO !!!!!! Obama 08'

    July 10, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  14. PortMoodyGal

    I agree TN 62. Clinton supporters need to carefully evaluate their true options. Are they so ticked at Obama for beating Hillary that they are willing to risk at least 1, if not 2 conservative Supreme Court appointments, which would tip the balance for a generation? Are they willing to put in a President who will most certainly continue the current DISASTROUS foreign and economic policies? This is something the left-wing bloggers and pundits should think about as well the next time they turn their ire on Barack Obama – get some PERSPECTIVE people and think about what is at stake. The Republicans have won more than one election by, in part, ensuring every Right-wing mouthpiece sings from the same songsheet...

    July 10, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  15. jm from sc

    It's funny how McCain keeps trying to condem Obama on things he himself did not do. I thought it was especially funny to hear him come out against the comments Gramm made today saying he does not speak for him. Yet every thing anyone says that supports Obama is in McCain's supporters view, Obama's stance on the idea.

    I hope America will wake up and not allow McCain to continue his stance on Bush policies. Many seem to be blinded by his POW experience. This old man need to stop reading what his programmer writes before he checks his own voting records.

    Obama 08!

    July 10, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  16. Michelle from Colorado

    Two wrongs don't make a right. They both have miserable voting records. They both are egocentrist. And neither belongs in the White House.

    July 10, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  17. What if?

    LIES, FLIP FLOP, DON'T AGREE, DIDN'T SAY, MADE A MISTAKE IN SPEECH, SHOULDN'T HAVE SAID, WHEN, WHY, WHAT, WILL NOT EXCEPT, GREAT LADY and uh.

    Can you repeat the following answers regarding your so called many years of experiences McCain? Uh?

    July 10, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  18. Sarah

    Wow, McCain can't even remember what state he was in, and what he has or hasn't voted for?! If the president gets a call at 3am, I want him to know where he is.

    July 10, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  19. Michelle from Colorado

    BTW, Ian, if Barack becomes president, he will still be called "Mr. President" even if he only serves a 4 year term.
    As for me, he will always be "that guy" I didn't vote for.

    July 10, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  20. Tom

    Phil Gramm is retarded. It's no surprise he is a McBush senior advisor along with Charlie Black.

    July 10, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  21. Lorenzo Clemons

    I think people need to reflect on their own misgivings before they start to criticize another person. I know politics is about one-upping on the other person, but make sure you are standing on solid ground. We are so into mud slinging in this country. We need to stop trying to find out the bad things about people but embrace the positive things people are doing for mankind. I for one will not participate in the negative but promote the positive things in life. I will never let my low get low and I will keep my high within reach. Bless America. Obama '08

    July 10, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  22. Sick of it

    McBush will bomb Iraq again, having forgetten that his twin brother already bombed it once.

    A this point, I'd vote a dead mouse into the oval office...anything but McBush.

    July 10, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  23. Woj

    VCM, Right on. Nader may just have his head on straighter than the rest!

    All Obama can say is change and four more years of Bush. Why not stop complaining about Bush and McCain and actually tell us what your plan is? I have yet to see him explain what changes he's going to make and how he's going to do it. Quit the pissing and moaning and give us your solution for all your "Change".

    July 10, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  24. WAR IS COOL

    WHO CARES IF MCCAIN DIDN'T VOTE.

    ONCE HE IS PRESIDENT HE WILL BLOW UP ANY COUNTRY THAT DARES TO DEFY THE GREAT USA. THEN HE WILL STOP YOU DEMOCRATS FROM HAVING ABORTIONS, AND MAKE SURE I GET A NICE HEFTY TAX BREAK WHILE YOU POOR WHINERS SUFFER. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

    MCCAIN 08

    July 10, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  25. No Bush

    Doesn't McWar understand that all his warmongering rhetoric just RAISES the price of a gallon of gas?

    He could go a long way towards helping the economy by just shutting up!

    No Bush Third Term!

    July 10, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
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