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. Val, Atlanta, Ga

    How can he say that. Some things you should not even bring up especially when Huffington Post has an article about Sen McCain not showing up for Afghanistan Senate hearings over the past two years. Since McCain memory is so good did he remember that he did not show up for that or he just didn't care. Sen McCain, remember to clean your own backyard before you try to clean some one elses.

    Obama 08

    July 18, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. lisa M

    So are we supposed to be still afraid of the red threat?

    July 18, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. Fromer HRC supporter

    Obama is a socialist and a black power advocate – I would never vote for him.

    July 18, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. adam

    I don't know if he's a war monger, all I can do is look at his record.

    July 18, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    When McCain moves or deviates from center........does it make him more conservative or socialist? Maybe if they voted as to what is right or wrong.......would clarify....but I doubt it.

    July 18, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  6. Carry

    Man. I am not a big Obama fan. But I think this old man has gone crazy

    July 18, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. jonny

    Its better to be a socialist than a fascist!

    July 18, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. Messiah complex

    Obama is too full of himself and out for self-promotion- THAT is what disqualifies him as a true leader.

    True leaders are humble not cocky- they don't brag and boast. They don't think they are superior to others. They do not talk down to others in a preachy, self-serving, smug tone. They do not proclaim their own perfect judgement.

    They do not mock and jeer other leaders. They do not resort to cheating, race-baiting, denigrating others in order to steal the nomiantion.

    Obama does all those negative things.

    That is why I will not vote for him.

    July 18, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. Zelda

    10 fattest states:

    1. Mississippi, 32.0 percent
    2. Alabama, 30.3
    3. Tennessee, 30.1
    4. Louisiana, 29.8
    5. West Virginia, 29.5
    6. Arkansas, 28.7
    7. South Carolina, 28.4
    8. Georgia, 28.2
    9. Oklahoma, 28.1
    10. Texas, 28.1

    FAT=REPUBLICAN

    July 18, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. JD

    Well, Mr. Obama talks like a socialist and votes like a socialist and acts like a socialist and affiliates himself with socialists, so of course, why would anyone think that he is a socialist?

    July 18, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    When McCain moves left of center........does that make him a socialist? We are splitting political hairs here......vote as to whether you think it is good or bad for the nation.

    July 18, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. larry shotwell

    Yes old goat ,time your wife changed your diaper.

    July 18, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Kaci

    The desperation begins.

    July 18, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. Laura

    McCain is such a fear-monger.

    July 18, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. common sense

    All I know is his voting record, and that’s what people usually judge their elected representatives by.”
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    McCain voted with Bush almost 95% of the time!

    So if you like the current direction our country, vote for McCain

    July 18, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. Upon Further Review,Texas

    Lets become truely INDEPENDENT AND VOTE NEITHER ONE OF THESE PUPPETS FOR CORPORATE AMERICA.Once they take office there wont be a spits worth of difference between them.

    July 18, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. Roryryn

    John Mccain you are not even making sense now. Concentrate on the issues, as rhetoric and bull do not make a president. Issues not tissues.

    July 18, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. ron

    Obama is way tooo intelligent to pick an al gore or John Edwards for a running mate, that would be like putting a target on ver his heart for the loonies saying shoot here 2 minutes after he's sworn in. He's got a wife and two kids and is not going to do anything that stupid. He'll announce his running mate when he's ready.

    July 18, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. Leroy

    The truth hurts.

    BTW, CNN, your two headlines on this contradict each other. Journalism 101 refresher needed.

    July 18, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. puma's are traitors

    Well we KNOW bush/mcSame/cheney are fascists!

    July 18, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. Mary

    Obama has a "black agenda", and we should all be very concerned.He is a socialist..... NOBAMA!

    July 18, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. Gimme A Break

    McCain as well as all other Republicans are for corporatism i.e. fascism. This is where the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. Funny thing is, most Republicans are poor folks, and vote against their own interests every year. Not so bright bunch

    Obama '08

    July 18, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. Obama '08

    Brilliant ... others in the Democratic party complain that Obama is moving toward the center and McCain can't figure out if Obama is a Socialist or not.

    July 18, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  24. roset773

    A socialist?? HAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHHAHHAHH
    Coming from a Socialist, that was the funniest thing he's said yet...

    July 18, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  25. judy, Wisconsin

    Oh, that's funny because John Kerry was the most liberal senator and the biggest "socialist" in the 2004 election. The Republicans have no solutions so they spend all their time on lies and spin. Dems, Idependents and responsible Republicans, throw these bums out!!

    July 18, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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