July 18th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
14 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. Nicole in NE

    attack, attack attack – sounds like the same ol same ol from the Rebuplican candidate these days. sad

    Obama 08'

    July 18, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. Angus McDugan

    Gota love CNN's slant!

    July 18, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. Jim

    Oh we're gonna run a respectful campaign, that's me, straight shootin tell it like it is, on top of lord knows how many time's he's flip flopped on issues, he's not flip flopped on the respectful campaign bid he's promises to run...

    July 18, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Yo, McSame, bet he knows where the Czech Republic is....get a lot of rest this weekend. You'll be needing it.

    July 18, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. from CT

    Did this guy go to Iraq before he suppoted the war, DIDN'T THINK SO!

    July 18, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. Mark, Vivian La

    We need MORE coverage of the media bias on Obama's trip. They're going to make him the lead story and send their lead anchors to cover him, which they did NOT do with McCain!

    July 18, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. JIM...TX

    McCain is such a fool...first he chides Obama for not making a fact finding trip out of the country then whines when he says he'll go. Must be mad he wasn't invited:) Must be concerned the foreign governments will take a liking to Obama after the past 8 years of Bush's arrogance toward everyone. The only reason John makes policy statements after the fact is that he had to wait an see what they were AFTER somebody told him what they were!

    July 18, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  8. Don

    what's the difference with him being abroad.

    July 18, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. DEBBY, NJ

    McShame:
    Whatever you say, whatever you do along with BUSH
    BARACK OBAMA is his own man and does not have to follow what you feel he needs to do ... you are not an authority on ANYTHING
    YOU NEED TO TRY RUNNING YOUR CAMPAIGN
    **
    BARACK THE VOTE !!!

    July 18, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. Tommy

    McAttackdog. McWhine. McClueless. McTotallyoutof touch. McBush all over again!

    July 18, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. Helena Fee

    80,000 here to 800,000 everywhere. This is why the McCain camp in having a hissy fit. JEALOUS! There is no way he could attract crowds of those numbers in person or even on TV. Face it, McBushes. You are just jealous.

    July 18, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. Big D

    Does it never occur to McCain to stay above the fray? They seize on every opportunity to slam Obama and never take the high road. Obama has run his campaign with dignity, but McCain sure hasn't stayed with his pledge to focus on the issues and stay away from slinging mud.

    July 18, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. Jo Ann

    It's amazing to me how McCain in the beganning was trying to set the
    tone for this election first thing out of his mouth was townhall meetings and going to Iraq together. Obama didn't didn't take him up on it,now all he and his campagin can do is critizied him him for going when he chose to. In the First place he does not need Grandpa McCain to show him the ropes he has been in congress for twenty some years and what does he really have to show that is positive for the people other than being a prision of war.

    Get a grip Obama is is on man-Good luck on this trip you will need it will the media and mic at his every breath.

    July 18, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. ANGIE

    mcain will never stop attacking obama thats all hes got he never tells us what he plans to do as president he either bashes obama or keeps changing his positions the funny thing is the more he bashes obama it seems to backfire on him and exposes the truth about mccain when is the gop gonna get it obama is no kerry he is a very brilliant man mccain can you please tell us your plans its now july and you have me totally confused and lost on where you stand!!!!

    July 18, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. Peter of Oregon

    First we saw McCain grand standing in front of the media about wanting to do town hall meetings with Obama and join him on a tour of Iraq. Note that there was never any word of private, repsectful discussions from McCain to Obama on these topics.

    Now after accusing Obama for not going to Iraq over the course of the campaign, he's criticizing Obama for going.

    McCain talks with a forked tongue having ill motives, probably much like how the Snake told Eve to eat of the tree of knowledge back in biblical times.

    July 18, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. Michelle

    Speaking of Obama's world tour–Obama is using
    taxpayers' money for this. Hillbuzz has the details.

    July 18, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. JD

    Mr. Obama has 300 foreign advisors. Yes, 300! Is he really that incompetent? apparently so.

    July 18, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. Donte

    Help me understand. First he cries he wont go and now he crying that he is going. Can't have it both ways old man. Also why all the attacks. What are you afraid of. They didn't even mention your gaffes when you were overseas. Oh I forgot same rules don't apply for you. Guess that's why he will get more coverage than you received because those rules only apply to Barack...you are a bore.

    July 18, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. He's special

    Why does Obama always look smug?

    July 18, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. IQ

    WHEN YOU ARE INCOMPETENT WHAT ELSE TO DO BUT CRITICIZE. EVERYONE KNOWS SOMEONE LIKE THIS IF THEY DONT HAVE THE ANSWER THEN THE OTHER GUY IN STUPID.

    July 18, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  21. Greg, NY

    Michelle July 18th, 2008 10:29 am ET

    Speaking of Obama's world tour–Obama is using
    taxpayers' money for this. Hillbuzz has the details.

    Yes, and when McCain took his trip to Iraq, the taxpayers paid for that too. Nice try though.

    July 18, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  22. Willow, from Iowa

    When Obama has a speech, he seldom brings up McCain, except for the "Four more years of Bush". he is busy talking about his energy policy, the ending of the war, the economy, etc. But McCain brings up Obama over and over and over again. He says , "I will do this, while my opponent will do this." Its like a broken record.

    I'm sure McCain will continue, even if obama is out of the country. That's how he campaigns.

    July 18, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  23. JD

    btw, people, your incredibly "clever" derivations of Mr. McCain's name are making you sound, well, kind of shrill and stupid.

    July 18, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. Michelle

    Why should he stop? Much of the criticism of Obama is warranted!

    Besides, Obama should do debates and spend time answering
    the questions of American citizens instead of using taxpayers' money
    for his pretentious world tour.

    July 18, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. slm, Itn

    Attack, Bomb, Attack, Bomb then flip-flop thats all this rabid old dog can do.
    Obama 2008= NoDrama.

    July 18, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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