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. Kunal from Georgia

    Seriously, what does McCain think he's doing? He thinks that he's impressive because he has a war-first foregin policy.
    I really don't see how a Clinton supporter would ever vote for McCain.

    July 10, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  2. Mj

    It is interesting that everyone has McCain lying but Obama is nearing sainthood. What about the following:
    a. Obama has a Kansas background. Yeah, right! He never set foot in the state until he was campaigning. Grandma and Grandpa living there fifty years earlier does not make him a Kansan.
    b. He flipped on campaign finance.
    c. He flipped on FISA.
    d. He flipped on Rev. Wright.
    e. Who cares what Jesse jackson said in a private conversation. Can't we have private conversations anymore?

    Obama has a record of doing what will gain him the most politically.

    I am to the point that I doubt if I vote because I am so sick of St. Obama.

    July 10, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  3. Art

    Vote Obama '08

    July 10, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  4. me

    Anyone that writes in all-caps is as bad as McCain.

    July 10, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  5. sonny c

    Once again there's a gap between Sen. McCain's image he has of his own honor & integrity & reality. If he were as honorable as he perceives himself to be, we'd be lookoing at another George Washington.

    July 10, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  6. common-sense voter

    There are so many people that log onto these websites and say stupid things. Look, I am an independant and I plan on voting on the person who will try their best to lead this country in the right direction and be successful in doing so. I won't vote for a person for any other reason, and I advise you all to. Please, no more dumb comments like I just don't like him. All I want to see is a comment like "I believe this guy really can lead" or "This guy really can't lead." That's it. I am voting for our next president, not our next party. Some of you people act like gangbangers; red or blue, black or white, republican or democrat. I'm more like Barack or John. Who will lead us in the right direction? That's it.

    July 10, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  7. JennyM

    VCM - Obama is who he says he is. COMPROMISE .. this is what he means when he rejects the slash and burn politics in Washington . You may not get a perfect solution but you get SOMETHING .. which is more than we get now. Now, everyone goes in their corner .. holds up their D or R sign and pouts ..... then they scream for awhile and pout again

    July 10, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  8. Ken

    TN 62 Republican woman –

    You tell 'em. Americans want a positive vision for our great nation. Obama is offering that. Go to read his policy plans. It's extensive and well thought out.

    McCain's plan reads like the Bush plan. There's very little difference. That's not what this country needs.

    July 10, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  9. Peter of Oregon

    John Keating 5 McCain's Straight Talk Express has lost its bearings and gone off the tracks...

    July 10, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  10. Mark in GA

    Ahhh, another SENIOR MOMENT!!!!!!

    Seriously, I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt, but he's either: intentionally misleading people, confused/incompetent in general OR losing it/early onset dementia. Age is a real issue here. Remember the "Shia/Sunni" thing? There's been multiple other examples. And do you see McCain owning up if he had an issue with his mental capabilities and he were in office? No way, he is stubborn as a bull. Now THAT is a poetntial national security risk.

    July 10, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  11. Illinois Boy

    As an Obama supporter who swore he would vote for McCain should Hillary have somehow pulled off the nomination, I have to admit that I was completely fooled by McCain. Over the last month he has become the most senile incompetent politician I've ever seen. He constantly makes errors on facts BUT then criticizes Obama on everhything. McCain's campaign has been a joke. Is this really the best the Repubs could come up with? I know they are kicking themselves for not going with someone like Romney now. At least he is a well spoken individual. McCain needs to retire, it's not like he and Cindy don't have the money to do so.

    July 10, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  12. Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmm

    Is it just me or does McCain ALWAYS say the wrong thing or NOT Answer the question then a MEMBER of the McCain Camp Speaks up for him or "Clarifies what he "really meant"????

    July 10, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  13. Boston For OBAMA

    So What's new with this candidate? It's time he is held accountable for his words that matter.

    Any news on his vote regarding birth control and viagra?

    July 10, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  14. rm

    Neither candidate is perfect but if I had to choose today, I'd have to choose McCain. Why? Senator Obama is simply a complainer. As a Senator, what legislation has he proposed to fix any of the issues that he speaks to... check the record NONE! The article you just read said that he proposed legislation but he didn't even get voted on (in a democratic senate). He states that he will meet with leaders of countrys even Iran. How many times has he even sat down with our current President of the US to discuss anything... right, None again. Hw has all these wonderful plans for change... what are they specifically... again nothing... no specific economic plan except to change tax rates. Does he even speak to government spending... NOPE. I am certainly not willing to vote for some one who has done nothing but complain and campaign for president since he has been a Senator. Show me what you can do and I'll vote for you... So far in more than two years... nothing but rhetoric. Is this who you really want? Admittedly McCain is not great but definitely the better of the two to lead my country.

    July 10, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  15. WISDOM

    Of course! He is too old to remember anything. I think he owes a big apology to American public for misleading again...and again.

    July 10, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  16. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    This is a non-issue as anyone who beleives the government owes them a life is a "Whinner". They do not want to take responsability for their decisions and actions. America's poor need to see the rest of the world where the poor make America's poor look like they are rich with all that we provide them as taxpayers.

    July 10, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  17. Mike Dallas

    Short term memory loss, is an early sign of dementia...
    See, Gramm was right, it is all in his head!

    July 10, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  18. Ted

    To whoever mentioned the AOL poll: that's reason #427 that AOL fails.

    Also, John McCain knows he's gonna lose. So why not have some fun on the way?

    July 10, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  19. Matt

    Obviously John Mccain's age is flaring up, maybe he should research where he's been in his life rather than attack obama on such things

    July 10, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  20. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    MCCAIN SAYS PHIL GRAMM DOESN'T SPEAK FOR HIM. WELL HE'D BETTER FIND SOMEBODY THAT CAN BECAUSE HE SURE CAN'T SPEAK FOR HIMSELF.

    July 10, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  21. Paul, Tampa

    That's funny. McBush's own economic adviser calls us whiners and McBush explodes at Obama.

    Let me put it this way: I don't know for sure that Obama and the Democrats will do right by us, but all the evidence proves that McBush and the rest of the GOP will only continue to make matters worse!

    July 10, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  22. BHO FTL...

    cmon cnn.. Got Credibility?

    July 10, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  23. sjp

    and its time to make this country and this country and this country. man alive, for the past how many years we've been trying to make these countries do what we want and failed at it, while our own is going farther and farther into recesion or worse. enough of the i'm tougher than you on foriegn policy and more this is what i'll do to make this country better.

    July 10, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  24. ben

    It is ashame! My brothers, my sisters, my friends and my colleagues. Today, I must say to you, if this is the kind of politician like John Mccain become president of the United states, then, I concisely say that America will continue sinking down in this deep-blue sea...

    July 10, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  25. miker

    Barack Hussein Obama can flip flop more than a guppie out of water,
    promises more a used car salesman and hides who he is better than houdini and the Liberals love him. Under the word Liberal in the Dictionary it should say hypocrite.

    July 10, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
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