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. Charlotte

    Hillary was there and voted. Hillary has only missed 25% of the votes to Obamas' 42% and McCains' 60%. Why can't they make it to vote? Obama doesn't vote even if he is there? I will write in the best choice for America, HIllary Clinton.

    July 10, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  2. ArthurW from VA

    Posturing, posturing... so little substence. So how is McCain going to show the Iranian's that we mean business- "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" Bomb Bomb Bomba Iran? THAT REGION OF THE COUNTY had the oil, and if you had not noticed, despite your advisors perception of whining of americans, our country is hurting at $4/gal. Show Iran some of the McCain US miliatry might and we are looking at $8/gal at the pump. So lets have some substance instead of sound bites...

    July 10, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  3. tom PA

    Nice reporting. I wonder if anyone else in MSM will bother to report this? I wonder if this will get any coverage on CNN?
    If Obama made this mistake there would be a media feeding-frenzy.

    July 10, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  4. Jack from California

    The McCain campaign admits to the error – well for goodness sake give the OLD GUY a break! Hey, I'm 64 and I sometimes forget things, I can't imagine what it's like to be as old as John.

    July 10, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  5. MD

    McCane is senile. He doesn't remember things very well. He just shoots off his mouth, and leaves it to his campaign idiots to run arond after him and do damage control and spin his comments. Everyone around him must be dizzy and exhausted.

    I hope the media keeps the Gramm news as alive as they did Rev. Wright's. McCane's campaign knows Gramm is a loose cannon. That's why they were with him when he met with the Washington Post today!

    What has Gramm done to help the situation other than criticizing the American people and his colleagues? McCane is surrounds by a bunch of idiots like himself.

    God help us all if McCane gets gets anywhere near the White House.

    I would seriously consider immigrating to Australia, if McCane wins the election.

    July 10, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  6. Chut Pata

    I don't believe he tried to fool anyone. These statements are checked by media before the opponent's campaign have a chance to prove it otherwise. I am sure McCain actually forgot what he did. It's his age telling.

    I fear the day when he will be the commander-in-chief and accidently press the nuke button toward Russia thinking he is pressing the nuke button towards Iran (thinking Al-Qaeda is Shia).

    July 10, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  7. Drew from Green Bay, WI

    McCain's campaign is really spiraling downwards. It seems everything they do is a mistake, just like McCain saying his advisor does not speak for him. He's your advisor! He represents you. Also, the financial crises his campaign was in (although he claims he's got so much money). Sen. Obama, stay quiet and you'll be President soon.

    July 10, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  8. Obama4change

    I want to congratulate you bloggers. I believe that CNN received so many complaints on how they were bias towards the GOP that they finally are reporting some of McBush mistakes. I guess they got tired of readers going to the Huffington Post in order to find out the real news instead of Obama bashing which the CNN website and TV shows are good for. McBush cannot remember anything. Why do you think Cindy McCain or Joe Lieberman are always right next to him - to remind him where he is at. He probably is in the beginning stages of Alzheimers.

    July 10, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  9. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    McCain hasn't been on the Senate floor to vote on anything since last APRIL! If McCain isn't going to show up for votes then he shouldn't be getting a paycheck from the American taxpayers!

    Obama '08

    July 10, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  10. John in Vancouver

    It has been said that the People will get the politicians they deserve.

    Thus, if John McCain is the new President in 2009, then we have no one but ourselves to blame.

    Pssst...do something!

    July 10, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  11. Female

    This is really pitiful. I'm ashamed for him and I'm a democrat. Try to slam somebody for something you didn't even do. McCain is old, but what about his campaigne people don't they check up on stuff like that before they allow him to speak? Idiot. Either they think the American people are stupid and wouldn't find out or they are completely lost.

    We thought Bush was bad, we have yet to see the worst if this old buzzard wins!

    Obama '08'

    July 10, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  12. steve

    I guess McBush didn't have Joe Lieberman to whisper the correct answer in his ear.

    July 10, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  13. Jeff

    McBush is too old and senile to be president. We don't need another president with dimentia.

    July 10, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  14. zolesh

    The media bias against Obama would all backfire.No amount of bias against Obama would work.

    The choices in this election are so clear: if you think your life has been very good over the past 8 years, then vote for McCain and more of the same.

    if you answer no to the above question, then vote Obama for a new direction for America.

    July 10, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  15. Paul

    Please someone...anyone. explain to how this is even close?

    July 10, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  16. Barack Obama IS Our 44th president!

    82% of the American people believe we are on the wrong track and with a McCain administration this country would definitely stay on that wrong track.

    It's time for REAL change in Washington, it's time to elect Barack Obama for president !

    July 10, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  17. Tanya Kujath

    This is all that McCain and the Republican attack machine can do. There is nothing for them to run with except John McCain,s POW stories and Bush policies. Desperate people say desperate things.

    July 10, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  18. obama\ Cleveland.

    Well, I guess some people are stupid enough to think some people will believe anything

    Obama Cleveland.08 turn-the-old-dominion and George -blue....

    July 10, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  19. Jack from California


    July 10, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  20. Richard

    This is just too great!!!!!! McCain is finally showing who is really is. I guess if you ripped off Enron for millions or married a $100 million beer heiress, the economy is just fine. Us poor suckers are in a mental recession. If these Bush policies continue, then I guess mental depression will start to set in.

    July 10, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  21. Jackie

    McCain seems to be confused about everything. How is he going to run a country? If he doesn't have the mental capacity to do this then he should stop now!

    July 10, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  22. Susan

    This bone head that wants to be President makes all kinds of accusations about Obama, but God forbid anyone question him on any of the votes he has made on numerous bills, or just not bothered to show up for. Why anyone would want this warmongering LIAR to be POTUS, is beyond my comprehension!

    July 10, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  23. dmmathis

    McCain is a very talented man. He can flip flop before your very eyes. He has flip floped for so long and so often that its hard to know if its a flip flop or flop flip.

    July 10, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  24. kdog

    That's what happens when you get old! You forget things.

    July 10, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  25. Respect

    Please give McCain a break. He is doing his best at his age. To err is human. I will not vote for him but show him some respect for humanity's sk

    July 10, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
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