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. jose

    McCain...adulterous, womanizing,warmongering...

    July 18, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. diane

    If Obama DIDN'T go overseas, McCain would STILL be counting down the days since his last trip overseas, so WHAT, exactly, does McCain want Obama to do? Oh yeah, drop out of the race..........sorry, that isn't going to happen! Hillary wanted that, too, and you can see where she is today!

    July 18, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |

    James From Chicago -He will if Obama stops Flip Flopping
    Sorry Charlie ...Mr McCain has FLOPPED like a fish out of WATER
    Mr McCain you have really let me down......you begin your campaign being the old decent guy -talking about issues until you hook up with Mr BLACK and the other SCUMBAGS......you are not good at it because it is not you ......Find your way back home I like the OLD McCain be yourself, the old Mccain that would cross party line for the RIGHT Thing ......Now you sound confused and forgetful simply because it is not the MAVERICK!!!!!

    July 18, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. gina simpson

    Barack the Vote !!!!

    Yes He Can !!!!

    Yes WE Can!!!

    McSame can attack, lie, pander.....it doesn't matter.

    Obama and his message of CHANGE is what we need. The more Voter'e get to know Barack....the more his Poll numbers will rise and he will be Elected in November.

    Obama '08

    July 18, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. ANGIE

    Then why is it bush and mccain has adopted obamas foreign policy if he such an empty suit the so called president is taking his views talking to iran agreeing we need more troops in afghanastan thats not empty suit to me get over your bitterness TRAIL DOG GO HAVE A BONE AND CALM DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 18, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. obama all the way to the white house

    Mcshame is just worry because obama will be exposing his lies about the surge , the war in irak and remember he claimed the victory yesterday.

    July 18, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. Mike Dallas

    McCrypt has obviously had another "senior minute" otherwise he would recall that he was one of the biggest supporter of Obama going overseas. Of course, that is when he thought he could tag along for the free publicity.And yes, McCrypt some of us remember your stroll thru the "safe" open market in Baghdad with 100+ foot soldiers and 3 Black Hawk heliocpters hoovering above.

    And ONLY if you had taken your current advice and decided to invade Iraq AFTER you had taken a fact finding trip!

    July 18, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. karen-phoenix

    PS: Obama has been sooooo right with everything that the Bush administration is starting to listen to Obama!! The man is brilliant and I thank God for him!!!

    July 18, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. Tasha S.

    Sen. McCain is always criticizing Sen. Obama in everything he does. How about Sen. McCain running his own campaign instead of trying to point out every single thing about what Obama says or does. Sen. McCain is such a dissapointment. It seems that he can't do anything without "attacking". The personal attacks on Michelle Obama is getting pretty outragous! I would like for the news reporters to look into his "experience and ready to lead on day one" record. For someone who is always quoting this, he sure dosen't give the American people much to go by other than being in a war and being captured. If that's all it takes to call yourself "experienced and ready to lead on day one", than there are alot of soilders in this war to be President of the U.S. Sen. McCain sounds like an old, stiff, tired and boring man who does not know how to do anything but Attack, Attack, Attack. What is going to do when there is no war to fight, seeing he knows nothing about the economy? John McCain really needs to be somewhere rocking a grandbaby.

    July 18, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. An observer on Aruba

    If somebody is angry / irritated by anything, their judgment will be impaired.

    Now, talking about the temper of McCain...

    July 18, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. California Voter

    No, and why should he, that's part of the political process.

    July 18, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. Jimmy in NY

    Johnny McCane can only criticize since he doesn't have any answers himself. I would not want to be in his shoes(at least for the next few months anyway)
    I personally would not want to run against Obama. He is too articulate, educated, and is obviuosly destined for great things. The good news is that we get to ride on his coattails because he works for us!
    Lead the way to the promised land Obama, we need you!
    The last shepherd we had took us to the desert.

    July 18, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. Meneka

    Why McSame always critisizes Obama? The old man should look himself in the mirror, the man is wrong for the country. Obama all the way.

    July 18, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. JD

    Mr. Obama says that he is going to "get" us out of Iraq, when the war is basically over. That's really funny; it's like a new coach taking a team over in the last 5 minutes and saying that he will end the contest within the next two quarters!

    July 18, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. PS from Tennessee

    Why criticize the only person the who got the Iraq War right. McMoron should read Barack's speech regarding a "dumb war". McMoron and his cohorts wanted Barack to go abroad, now they want to criticize him for going. You can't have it both ways. The Republicans are upset because Barack will be welcomed with open arms in these other countries. Barack is going to be a GREAT PRESIDENT!

    July 18, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. Char for Obama 08 & 12


    July 18, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. Elliot

    For anyone to say McCain is Bush's third term is complete ignorance. They by far do not have the same policies. I'm not saying they're on opposite sides of the spectrum, but they are definitely not the same.

    Of course Obama's trip is for politics. Anything anyone does from now til november is purely for politics. You can't blame him for that.

    But, if you honestly believe his trip isn't for politics and that it's for his own education and experience – I'm sorry, but a trip now isn't going to educate you enough when you only have 18 months experience.

    NObama 08

    July 18, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. Cliff

    Just wondering if obama's going to fist-bump those countries' leaders if he gets to meet them. Wonder if those folks will buy all of his sham and rhetoric? I have a feeling they are a little smarter than we are.

    July 18, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  19. Mike - Texas

    mccain can't win talking about his own positions, so he spends his time instead talking about obama's.

    mccain is pathetic.

    July 18, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  20. Bobby

    So your telling me that McCain has no control over his own campaign? He isn't going to attack Obama but his campaign and his aides are going to do whatever they want to do. Who is really running for president? The Republican machine or McCain?

    July 18, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. Power to the People = Former Repug in Atlanta

    McSame will not stopcriticizing Obama. He cannot think so he has to wait for Obama to say something and he jumps on it to criticize or take credit for it.
    About Foreign Policy EXPERIENCE. McBush has travelled every conceivable country in the world but that does not make him a foreign policy expert or more knowledgeable than Obama. Demonstrably McBush is gropping in the dark when it comes to the Israeli/ Lebanese/ Hizbollah problem, the Czech statehood and the Sunni /Shiite terror squads to name a few.
    Foreign Policy experts are well read and quickly update their knowledge by use of the best tool called The Internet. McSame doesn't know how to use this tool. It is needless to say that Obama is adept at using this and all tools available and does not need Joe Liebermann to whisper in his ear.
    This is the 21st Century and not the Stone Age. America is the strongest country on earth and its President MUST be versed in Cyberspace to understand what future it has for our kids and how to wade off Cyber Terrorism.

    July 18, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. Concerned

    McCains repeated use of the word "success" when addressing Iraq is very distrubing. Success means that a goal has been achieved. What about the war in Iraq resembles the word "success." If the war in Iraq was/is/has been a "success" we should be able to leave, right? Is Iraq a safe place to visit now or something? Maybe the conditions are better than they once were, but the word for that would be "improvement" not success. Success would mean it's ok to put the guns down and take the helmets off. I see no signs of that.

    July 18, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. Lisa

    McCain has to keep talking about Obama otherwise he would never have anything intresting to say. As it is people are falling asleep at his town hall meetings.

    July 18, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  24. Alice in Florida

    Will Obama ever allow a tough question to be asked of him? NO! Will Obama ever debate? NO! Will Obama ever stop flip-flopping? NO! Will Obama's big head ever get to be normal size? NO! Will Obama ever stop giving boring speeches? NO! Will the MSM ever be fair to anyone besides their Messiah Obama? NO!

    Will Obama be HUMILIATED in November? YES! YES!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YYYYYYEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!! And I can't wait!


    July 18, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  25. Be nice to McCain,

    He is wearing his Flag Pin!

    July 18, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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