July 18th, 2008
10:40 AM ET
13 years ago

McCain: 'I don’t know' if Obama is socialist

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WARREN, Michigan (CNN) - John McCain on Thursday described Barack Obama’s Senate record as “more to the left” than Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont - an independent who caucuses with Democrats but has described himself as an “independent Democratic socialist.”

During his town hall meeting with voters in Kansas City yesterday, McCain said, “Senator Obama has the most extreme record of any member of the United States Senate.”

In an interview after the event, The Kansas City Star asked him to clarify the remark.

“His voting record … is more to the left than the announced socialist in the United States Senate, Bernie Sanders of Vermont,” McCain answered, according the paper.

Asked if he thought Obama was a socialist, McCain answered: “I don’t know. All I know is his voting record, and that’s what people usually judge their elected representatives by.”


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soundoff (275 Responses)
  1. Stacy Clarks

    McCain keeps sinking lower and lower, that is so beneath him to say, how deperate

    im so dissapointed in him...can we trust mccain's words when he said he was going to run a decent campaing, but he's not?!?!

    CAN'T TRUST MCCBUSH!!!

    July 18, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. Canadian for OBAMA

    That's nice coming from someone who can't even remember his own voting record!!

    The man is losing it!!! Wake up America!

    July 18, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. Marie

    I don't no if Obama is a socialist... The question that should have been posed to McSame ... Senator McCain are you a Facist?

    July 18, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. JIM...TX

    A socialist??? Something else John doesn't know anything about. So why even open your mouth.......

    July 18, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. Erica Rose

    How does he know Obama's record when he can't even remember his?...Seriously!

    July 18, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. NotPayingHillaryDebt

    McCain answered: “I don’t know. All I know is his voting record, and that’s what people usually judge their elected representatives by.”

    Well someone should take a look at yours especially the women ... You have done nothing for Women ... + voting 95% with Bush

    Socialism is better than Fascism

    July 18, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    This is the same man who promised to elevate the process and not use personal attacks?! Calling or alluding to someone as a socialist is about as low as a person can go in this country. Keep it up McCain, you will truly get our base fully energized to keep you and your ignorant kind out of the White House.

    July 18, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. AJ

    Again, politics of fear. He'll say anything to get ahead.

    July 18, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. Greg, NY

    Asked if he thought Obama was a socialist, McCain answered: “I don’t know. All I know is his voting record, and that’s what people usually judge their elected representatives by.”

    McCain doesn't even know his own voting record, how can he be expected to know Obama's.

    July 18, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. J

    yes, because when you vote on a bill you actually vote along a qualitative spectrum. It isn't just a yes or a no, there are degrees to the yes and the no. And apparantly you can go more left or right on a specific issue depending on how emphatically you vote yes or no. John McCain, if I only had a dime for every one of your lies... gas prices wouldn't mean a thing to me.

    July 18, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. Alan Boyer

    here we go with another label!!! The GOP is pathetic...still trying to find a label that will stick. Good luck! Kinda like Hillary's "he's not a muslum as far as I know."

    July 18, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. Jimmy P

    At least someone finally asked the question! Of course he is!!

    July 18, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. Terri in Fl

    Listening to McCain gripe and complain all the time really makes him look and sound like a cranky old man who does nothing but sit around and complain. He really needs to find someone to move him into a more positive direction – give people a reason to want to like and follow him. Who wants to deal with a perpetual malcontent!

    July 18, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. Nick - Arlington, VA

    Sounds like Hillary's, "As far as I know, Barack Obama isn't a muslim.".....pathetic McCain!!

    July 18, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. Squid Shark

    Pretty close to a socialist I would say

    July 18, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. Mike

    Funny how Barack Obama continues to campaign with a plan for Iraq, a plan for the economy, a plan for health care, and all John McCain can do is call him names and criticize.

    Does John McCain have any kind of plan to sell us, or is he just going to insult his way into the White House?

    July 18, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  17. Bob Hussein Akmad Jones

    Let me help you John.......YES HE IS. The man wants to take 55% of my pay check to redistribute as he sees fit and many Americans think that is fine. My wife and I make 300K a year and live in Boston and we are not rich. Yet this man when you throw in his social security raises, medicare and capitol gains is going to get easly over half my check

    July 18, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  18. Natasha

    McCain spents more time talking about Obama than giving solutions. Sounds like he wants to be onboard the train of change....LOL Get over it McCain. The world needs a leader not a War Monger.

    July 18, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  19. Jim

    What ever happened to a respectful campaign, why doesn't this guy worry about himself and addressing his stance on issues instead of worrying about Obama so much...freakin republicans, your days are numbered...you and your smear campaigns that you said you'd stay away from, lieing typical republican...what a WASTE

    July 18, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. Mike

    What is this guy trying to prove he is not that old by acting like he is 5. Lets just call people names and hope it sticks. Well McCain you are a butthead, and nobody likes a butthead. How's that for name calling?

    July 18, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. Patrick

    This is a pointless news article that resembles the tactics of the Red Scares.

    July 18, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. Cyrus - NY

    First the scary tactic that he might be a "militant", then he could be a "Muslim" with shady ties, now GOP goes for the "socialist" phobia!!

    So McCarthyish...so outdated...so vile.

    July 18, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  23. Michael

    I don't know if McCain understands it's not 1950.

    July 18, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  24. prairieguy

    YAWN...go back to Bushie McSame!!!

    And you said you would run a clean campaign...yah right!!!!

    July 18, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. Perla

    I doubt McCain could even define socialism.

    July 18, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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