July 18th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
15 years ago

Will McCain stop criticizing Obama when he's abroad? No

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(CNN)—Senator John McCain tends to follow the old adage “politics ends at the water's edge,” but his aides tell CNN they have every intention of continuing their attacks on Obama while the presumptive Democratic nominee is on his overseas trip.

When he was in Canada in June, McCain refused to talk about Obama - and CNN was told from top advisers that McCain got angry at campaign aides back at headquarters for sending emails hitting the Illinois senator while he was abroad.

But the McCain campaign considers Obama’s trip to Europe, Iraq and Afghanistan fair game. McCain aides says the Obama campaign and the DNC both set precedent for it, by attacking McCain while he was in Europe and the Middle East in March, and during his recent trips to Canada, Colombia and Mexico.

In an e-mail response to CNN, McCain spokesman Brian Rogers attached a list of quotes from Obama and DNC press releases during the presumptive Republican nominee’s trips, and said “we don’t feel there’s any restriction on drawing contrasts while he’s abroad.”

The trip has already drawn significant media coverage - so there’s no doubt the McCain campaign will be watching Obama very closely.

The campaign has already sharpened its argument in the past week, branding the presumptive Democratic nominee’s trip to Europe as a photo opportunity, and his visits to Afghanistan and Iraq campaign stops, not a fact finding missions, since Obama announced his policies before visiting.

“I was very interested that he articulated and announced his policies and approached Iraq before he went, not after. Remarkable,” Senator McCain told Missouri voters Thursday.

“I've been on a lot of trips around the world, usually at your expense, but I usually issue my policy statements when I get back.”

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (246 Responses)
  1. Brad

    Wasn't he nagging Barack to go overseas–well he's going, now shut the heck up. Stop whining like a little ninny.

    Obama 08

    July 18, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Elly

    since they closed the blog above
    MCsame talks about Obamas votes
    What a laugh!!!!!!!!
    these are McSame votes and hes suppose to be for veterans ..I think NOT

    The truth is John McCain has repeatedly voted against supporting veterans.

    McCain Voted Against $19 Billion for Military Hospitals. In February 2006, McCain voted against an amendment that would have provided for at least $19 billion for military health facilities, paid for by eliminating tax cuts for the wealthiest earners.
    *Senate Amendment 2735, Amendment failed.

    McCain Voted Against Legislation to Provide $2.8 Billion For Medical Care for Veterans. McCain voted against a 2006 Democratic amendment that would have provided $2.8 billion to increase veterans’ medical care.
    *Senate Amendment 149, Amendment failed.

    McCain Voted Against Establishing $1 Billion Trust Fund to Provide Improvements to Military and Veterans’ Health Facilities. McCain voted against an Amendment to establish a $1 billion trust fund to provide improvements to health facilities that treat veterans and military personnel to lapse on December 31, 2006.
    *Senate Amendment 2735

    McCain voted Against Adding $1.5 billion to Veterans’ Medical Services in 2007 Budget by Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes. McCain voted against an Amendment offered by Democrats to increase medical services funding to veterans by $1.5 billion in 2007.
    *Senate Amendment 3007

    McCain Voted Against Mandatory Funding of $6.9 Billion in 2007 Budget and $104 Billion Over Five Years for Veterans' Health Care.
    McCain voted against a Democratic amendment to provide a mandatory stream of funding of $6.9 billion in Fiscal Year 2007 and $104 billion over five years for veterans' health care.
    Senate Amendment 3141

    September 2007: McCain voted against the Webb amendment calling for adequate troop rest between deployments

    July 18, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. Angus MacGuyver

    When you don't have to tools (candidates McCain/Obama) you need on hand, you may need to "MacGuyver" it. It may not be the best, prettiest solution (Barr) but it works and is better than the alternatives.

    '08 Vote for Barr. Get your freedoms back that Bush, Clinton, McCain, Obama have all taken away.

    July 18, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. Sandy

    Yeah, we've got the whole country, and the press to ourselves.

    Sorry sir, but the press has gone overseas with Obama.

    Hey, that's not fair.

    July 18, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. Mona

    I bet you John will go on all the late night shows so he can have national coverage like Barack.

    July 18, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. Newsdiva

    McCodger is not much more than a "hater" at this point, who keeps spouting the same lines day in and day out. Last time I checked it is a defininte sign of "old age," you know how old folks start to lose their minds and just keep rambling on and on without making a lick of sense??? Oh yeah, time for a check up at the geriatric center for this old boy, right after Cindy changes his diaper.

    To all you PUMA PUKES, I can't wait till the morning after the election when you'll be writhing in emotional pain along with the Hillary die hards and especially the Republican pigs & facists.

    Truth is, Obama is going to win by a HUGE HUGE landslide and it's going to be just fabulous!!! Can't wait.

    OBAMA 08 & 12

    July 18, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. beevee

    I thnik that the power hungry McCain is afraid of losing the elction to Mr. Obama. His criticims of Obama are clearly low blows.

    July 18, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. John McCain's other Black Son, Malik

    You know how to win wars? LMAO, dude, you got CAUGHT. That's the whole purpose of the mission is to do the do and NOT get caught.

    That's like playing hide and seek and being found first then saying you should pick who's "IT" because you know how to win the game.

    No, you don't. You don't know how to win wars because you've never won one.

    Didn't Gen. Clark put you on "MUTE" about you never being in charge of the military or any mission at Wartime? So much so that you told Obama to tell him to stop telling the truth?

    McCain is a riot.

    July 18, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    Texas Trail Dog – trying to stir the pot again between Obama and Hillary supporters. Hillary supporters are too smart to fall for it!

    July 18, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. Bunny

    Doesn't Barack have enough label? Now he's a socialist-what next?

    He still has my vote and will be our next president, so John McCain's "as far as I know" attack, will not work.

    July 18, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. MM07


    VOTE OBAMA OR McCAIN: with all the promises made and all the smoke and dirt being dished out by both candidates its hard to believe either one will fix what is ailing this country. So I'll keep on praying and hope our votes stand for something

    July 18, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. larry buchas

    McCain is a 1st rate hypocrite.

    He seems to think it's OK for him to travel to Iraq & Europe while it is just a photo op for Barack?

    And anyone who thinks McCain has better knowledge about Iraq & Afghanistan than Barack should research their predictions before invading Iraq. Barack described a buidup of Islamic extremists, displacement of refugees into Jordan and Syria & our costs in occupying Iraq. McCain said we would be treated as liberators.

    Barack always said the battle should be focused in Afghanistan. Now McCain & Bush are following his lead.

    Barack always said we must open lines in diplomacy with Iran. Now Bush realizes the US will do that.

    Who shows better judgment? Barack Obama, by far!

    July 18, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. Doris,Memphis,TN

    McCain is such an envious man. He spends the majority of his time
    attacking Obama. He needs to talk to HRC. This is the wrong strategy,
    my friend.

    July 18, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. IAMWMD

    Not as long as his campaign is being ran by lobbyist and Carl Rove. McSame is nothing more than the puppet being controlled by Republican rightwing strings.

    He best keep his mouth shut in Carl Rove's presence unless he wants to be labeled unpatriotic.

    Obama 08 /Bayhn

    July 18, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. Mary in CT

    Did McCain lie or exaggerate Obama's voting record? If he didn't 9and I haven't checked his voting record to find out), then what's all the crying about?

    Obama's voting record is ALSO off limits to talk about!?!?!

    Why even HAVE an election??? Just dub him "King and Supreme Ruler" and call it a day.

    July 18, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. Texans for Obama

    McCain is never going to stop criticizing Obama. This man is a hypocrite. When he was pandering to the NAACP he said he admired Obama. The major new anchors are all going overseas to report on Obama's trip. They find Obama more interesting to report on. McCain is like a dead puppet. Obama is big news McCain is boring.
    Obama is the man. The people overseas love him.

    July 18, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. For McCain in PA

    The news media decides what we should hear and is very adept at making the gullable believe their stories. Wake up folks, do some of your own research. ABC, CBS and NBC have made Obama into a rock star, going with him on his European Mystery Tour and havenot providing equal coverage for McCain. Like lemmings and sheep if you don't take responsibility for your own choices in the election this fall, you'll have 4 years to live with it.

    Too much of a good thing, i.e. the Obama/media love affair, should raise the warning flags. What do we need in the White House, a pretty speech maker or a decision maker. Notice how the Obama web site has morphed to fit iinto what folks tell him versus what his initial plans. But wait, is that because he really doesn't have plans?

    McCain would not be my first choice, but the guy is light years ahead of Obama in the experience area. And, lets stop with the age discrimination, on that point alone I would not vote for a still wet behind the ears Obama. Oh yeah, the Change issue, isn't EVERY ELECTION about change? This is no new concept, just a lot of bull that is being bought by the OBAMA supporters. BIG DUH!

    July 18, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. Wisconsin


    McCain is scum. He can't talk about his plans all he can do is attack Obama.

    McCain I am sick of you and your tactics!

    July 18, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Chuck

    Yes McCain it is interesting that he articulated his thoughts and plans before going to Iraq. It is also interesting that your mentor, George Bush, has pretty well stepped in line with Obama's thoughts. Bush is now talking to the Iran about their nuke program (hmmm Obama said talk to them, you said bomb bomb bomb Iran, and kill them with cigaretts and cancer). Obama said Afganistan was the primary source of terrorism and the original war and needed more troops, and now the BUSH administration is in the planning stages of doing just that I wonder, is it Obama who is out of touch, or is it McCain. It seems to me the republican president is doing just about everything Obama has stated he would do, and McCain still sit there saying Obama his ill informed and out of touch. Seems to me the opposit is more true.

    July 18, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. Jim G pa

    He complains while Obama's a man so why not complain when he's a broad...heh, heh

    July 18, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. Robert

    The reason McCain doesn't issue his policy statements until he gets back from a trip is because he needs help and time to make them up.
    DUH...and he's running for President of the United States of America!?

    July 18, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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