July 11th, 2008
08:38 AM ET
8 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. amt,Fresno,CA

    McShame should already drop out. He does not know what he is talking about. His LACK OF RECALL, if he were employed in any large corporate office, would be grounds to FIRE HIM. He just continuely makes remarks that are untrue & is expected to just have it roll off his back as tho it is OK & goes on to make more of the same. Also; that "My Friends" everytime he speaks is SO STALE. The sick joke about the cigarettes maybe being a way to kill Iranians, what kind of deranged mind would even say something like that? McShame why are you even trying to be Prez ?? You could better serve our country if you would RETIRE.

    July 10, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  2. Terry Richmond, Va.

    Only americans who have everything in common with mcshame vote for him. The wealthy and senile.

    July 10, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  3. Chris

    McCain talks a lot about Obamas judgement, maybe now the media can talk about McCain and his top advisers' integrity or lack there of!

    July 10, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  4. Brian

    Wow a Republican being wrong???? No, never they are on the right..... doesn't that mean they are always right..... Come on PUMA's this is your man!

    July 10, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  5. Michael

    What the media lets McCain get away with? You've got to be joking me. How about what the media lets Obama get away with. This guy babbles on about "hope and change and change and hope" in tightly packaged speeches that have no details.

    Like it or not, Obama is a liberal who wants to take more of my money for bigger government-no thanks. Obama can keep his far left nutjobs, racist rants, and clueless foreign policy. We are not voting for the President who is popular with the Russians, Chinese, Iranians or the EU. We are voting for the President of the US.

    It is going to take more than being the first half-black Presidential nominee to get my vote win- WHO is this person and what are his policies?! THAT is what is important and Obama is going down this time.

    July 10, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  6. TBell

    McCain has done this the whole time folks. He lies and speaks half-truths. He is to be respect ... I will give him that. He has been a great politician BUT come on. This is the beginning of the memory losses. Ask yourselves, McCain supports, what else has he said that he "mistakenly" thought he did. Ask yourself ... Why hasnt he stepped up like a man and say I made a mistake? His reply to this ... another comb over

    July 10, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  7. Laidetea

    And the Repuglicans want this guy McShame for president? This guy is have too many senior moments. I wouldn't vote for this guy at all.

    July 10, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  8. Agnes

    An old man who can't remember and a young inexperienced man... give me a candidate I can trust!

    July 10, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  9. carlo

    How did this post become a Obama bashfest? The post is about McCain telling a bald-faced lie about Obama-again. McCain has the highest absentee rate in the Senate, and he has the nerve to criticize Obama for votes he didn't even show up for? How can any Obama hater justify this garbage?

    July 10, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  10. Arnold

    I cannot understand how people are still talking about Hillery, do you hear the republicans talking about Macabee or anyone else? It is all over, now we have a presumptive nominee at either end...let us all concentrate on the presumptive nominee whether Republicans or Democrats....There are no Clinton or Obama Supporters anymore...we are all Democrats or Republicans now...

    July 10, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  11. newsflash

    About the AOL STRAW POLL...

    Funny thing about that poll, It has been at 66% to 34% since the middle of June with 119,000 votes... And I for one have voted Obama on it from at least 10 different computers yet it NEVER CHANGES...

    Hmmm..... THAT IS A REAL POLL BY REAL PEOPLE LOLOLOL

    I'd check realclearpolitics and get some REAL POLLS if I were you.

    July 10, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  12. henry

    Kids! dont be so tough on the granpa, atleast give him a break...

    July 10, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  13. gary

    Obama is still a big joke like his hating followers.

    July 10, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  14. Dale

    Thank you all for your well-researched and well-thought-out comments. On average, I would say more well-thought-out than McCain's.

    I am a conservative. But I will vote for a liberal democrat who was wise enough to see the Iraq war as a bad idea fom day one. Much better than a senile war-monger that still thinks the invasion was a good idea. Bush-McCain policies have killed more Americans and cost more than all Al Queda attacks combined. The Bush invasion of Iraq is about as morally defensible as Germany's invasion of Poland.

    July 10, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  15. Xavier

    Isnt somebody suppose to be getting paid to keep stuff like this from happening? If McCain cant run a decent campaign for president, then how in the world is he suppose to convince us that he can run the country? Obama ran a debt free campaign for the democratic nomination, and is running a great campaign for president. Guess who I want running the country?

    Obama in 2008

    July 10, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  16. Rational1

    This new "foot in the mouth" thingy is not a good political strategy. Johnny Mac, my advice to you and Gramm is.....stop the political smears. You are not good at it! Focus on the issues, try really really really hard to present the truth and nothing but. And.....keep your daggone athlete's foot out of your mouth!

    July 10, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  17. rachel

    Not shocked the obama missed the vote, but silly of mccain to bring it up when he didnt even vote either.

    July 10, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  18. TonyinKentucky

    The Republicans need to redraft, the problem McCain is seriously the most credible candidate they can offer.

    Who else thinks the Republicans need a long sojourn in the political wilderness?

    Maybe the Democrats merit going next but it would create chaos if we didn't have a new party or two filling the vacuum left from the Republicans alone.

    Seriously, no more of the Republicans until they show some form of decency, common sense, and have a desire to help or at least understand the struggles of the common citizen.

    July 10, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  19. andy dufrain

    I believe McCain is a good politician! I liked his maveric style and I felt very sad when Bush kicked him in the nutts (black child scandal) in the primary race back in 2000 but I really must say one thing..

    that was all in the past..

    McCain is 8 years older now.. he was old before.

    older = wiser doesn't hold true all the time. Let's not judge him becasue he is older. Lets look at what he is bringing to the table..

    1. First what do we need.. we need a way out of the mess we are in...
    2. We need strong and MORAL leadership that won't get us into more trouble..
    3. We need to econommy to to work good for the average joe public ( right now it is a feild day for big oil and weapons businesses).

    Who is better suited to deliver on the three areas we need most..

    Obama or McCain.. sorry it's hands down Obama.. He is bringing a fresh way to politics. Obama asked the DNC to repay some of the lobbist money that had. Did McCain do the same?

    Did McCain distance himself from the Bush mentality.. far from it.. he is getting even closer to now than ever.. even though this guy screwed in the primary race in 2000 so hard that he couldn't find an enemy worse than Bush..

    July 10, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  20. rachae

    It's about time they start calling McCain out on his lies or senior moments.

    July 10, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  21. Sharon Galloway

    Campbell Brown:

    It IS about Phi Gramm. You should not have interrupted your commentator who was giving a birds-eye synopsis of the ruinous legislation Gramm has crammed through. And he's McCain's economy advisor. Heaven help us!

    July 10, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  22. Amy Hussein

    Either McCain was lying, or he forgot that he didn't vote-I don't know which is worse. I once admired that man, but now feel he is on the wrong side of every issue that matters to me. Drilling and putting our environment in danger, instead of thinking new technologies and biofuels. Kicking Russia out of the G8 and preventing China from joining, bringing the cold war back in the process, instead of bringing our nations together. He jokes about how we should "ba-ba-ba,bomb bomb Iran," when we're already neck deep in Iraq-a war we should have never started to begin with. He makes fun of Obama for wanting to talk to world leaders to solve our problems. Well, I for one think we need a leader who will talk first, and send our troops into harms way when absolutely necessary.

    July 10, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  23. Carol, Lansing

    What , no tele-prompter? With that kind of memory, you need one to guide and correct you with the facts.

    July 10, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  24. mb--texas

    another example of McCain saying something he knows is
    not correct and the press & TV pundits pick it up and run with th
    stories.The press need to fact check any story McCain throws out
    knowing the press will run with it.

    July 10, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  25. Rachelbsw

    I am getting very worried about McCain. These little mix ups and mis statements individually are no big deal, but there's been so many. I think Cindy needs to tell him to slow down and maybe pay a visit to the doctor. I'm not criticizing, really, I'm honestly worried.

    July 10, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
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