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. Kelby

    The subject of Barrack Obama's campaign is sweeping change in the government to benenfit the people.
    The subject of John McCain's campaign is Barrack Obama.
    Barrack Obama consitently talks about his plan for a brighter future in America.
    John McCain is consitently presenting his skewed views of Barrack Obama.
    We are listening and taking notes. I hope Amerca makes the right decision

    OBAMA '08

    July 18, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. Bob Stephens

    One must remember that John McSame told his first wife, after she was in a major auto accident and lost 5 inches in height because of the painful sugeries she had, that she wasn't the same woman anymore so he was leaving her and their 3 kids for a blonde drug addict 20 years younger than hew was. You think a person with this kind of morale character, is going to stop trying to trash Obama... No way......

    July 18, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    All he can do is attack...he has no real substance on his own and can't remember anything that would indicate what his real stand is beyond being a continuation of Bush policies. Perhaps McCain should spend time with his nose in geography and history books while Obama is abroad and bring himself up-to-date on the status of former Soviet bloc countries like Czechoslovakia.

    July 18, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. Matt--NE

    Since Obama has no game except "Bush Sux"

    You may want to ask him the same question.

    The media bias is getting more and more blatant 'in-your-face' with the entourage of lefty 'reporters' that will tag along with Uhhhbama on his grand tour.

    July 18, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. McCain=the draft

    McCrypt knows he offers nothing but war and more war.
    He's afraid Obama will be well received over there...which he will be.
    McCrypt is a dangerous, evil, little man, who is senile and should retire.
    I am proud to have Obama represent a fresh, new USA to the world.

    July 18, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. Glenn

    McCain has turned into a political wimp! He tells Obama not to attack him and all then he turns around and attacks Obama. maybe it"s his age. His senilty is becoming more prevalent. He lacks, character, honor and intgrity. He may have once possessed those characteristics, but it's obvious he has sold his soul for political gain and no longer possesses them.

    July 18, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. connon

    If we don't seek what Obama offers, if we don't elect this great leader of our generation, if not now, when?

    July 18, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. Adam

    I am really sick and tired of politicians telling me why I shouldn't vote for the other guy. I want to hear politicians tell me why I should vote for them. For once can we stop trying to make the other guy look bad and instead try to actually be good? Politics in this country is nothing more than a smear campaign in which you try to cover the other guy in enough mud that no one can see who they really are. I wish they could just focus on actually being the best they could be and let us decide who is right for the job. I know... unrealistic request of politicians. But Obama tries more than any other politician in history to be that way. He has raised himself more above the ridiculous norms than any other candidate has in a long time.

    July 18, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. Mike - Texas

    Of course not, and Obama won't stop critisizing McCain

    Stupid question

    July 18, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. Will-South Dakota

    How can McBush say he knows how to win wars? He was a prisoner for 5 years how does that qualify him to say that?
    He's on the wrong side again when it comes to Iraq, Bush must still be pulling the puppet strings and McBush vomits.

    July 18, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. AMN

    what a lowlife, attacking somebody when they cannot defend their name...overseas, no less.

    July 18, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. Jimmy Z.

    The Obama supporters criticized McCain for visiting foreign countries a while back, why are they not criticizing Obama now?

    Oh, that's right, they are a bunch of Kool-Aid drinkers and agree with anything Obama says and can't come up with an original thought on their own.

    Like Clockwork

    July 18, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Peter -

    McCain, why don't you walk down the "safe" streets of Bagdad by yourself without bullet proof vest!

    July 18, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. NickNas

    WHERE were all of these people when McCain went to Europe, Columbia and all the rest of the places HE went just recently?? He posed for pictures with ANY and EVERY leader he could get to sit still long enough in a Bid to look " Worldly" JUST a COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO!!!

    McCain is just GREEN with envy because no one CARED that he was gone and he Barely got covered.

    Now that Obama is going he is calling FOUL??? Wasn't HE the one Bashing Obama for NOT going in the first place?? Your Bluff got Called McCain NOW FOLD sitdown and SHUT UP!!!!

    July 18, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. E. de Leon

    Hubris, pride before fall. McCain 08. HRC 2012!

    July 18, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Ex-Republican for Obama

    – but [McCains] aides tell CNN they have every intention of continuing their attacks on Obama –

    And that is why I'm an Ex-Republican, because they are nothing but finger pointers with no ability to create solutions. They are the whiners and scum bags.

    Obama '08

    July 18, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. Dave, Illinois

    Obama was the first to attack while McCain was out of the country. Obama's trip is nothing but a campaign gimmick. He made his Iraq and Afganistan policy decisions before even taking this so-called fact finding mission. You Obamites are just mad because McCain is actually defending himself against your empty-suit and his sheep.

    July 18, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. Frank

    Obama.....too little...too late.
    But your media entourage will be drooling all over you. Real Americans will be disgusted with this obvious campaign tour. Shame on you Obama!

    July 18, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. White/female/age 55/Texan

    Bulldog – Nice post!

    July 18, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. blaising

    John McCain to Tim Russert on Meet The Press, Oct. 21, 2001….

    “But I think the real crunch is going to come after Afghanistan is settled and then we have to address the other countries, including Iraq.”

    Can you say “flip flopper”?

    And "rape jokes"?

    McCombover, get out of the way and let the REAL MEN take over!!!

    July 18, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. Majestic

    I feel so sorry for John McCain. He appears very confused. When asked about something his puppet masters haven't primed him with, the poor fella looks like a deer caught in the headlights. Remember the "Viagra vs Birth Control" question? I must admit, though, the Republican Party didn't have much choice. Romney? Huckabee? Juliani? McCain got the nod because the front runners self-destructed and time ran out. Had the primaries lasted a few more weeks, who know? Ron Paul? It wouldn't have matter. The country wants and needs change and that means PARTY change! My donation and support goes to O'Bama.

    July 18, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    The world has already informed their opinion of McCain.......words spoken without a heartbeat.

    July 18, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |

    McCain offers NOTHING but empty rhetoric. This country is on a collision course with destruction and if you're smart you'll vote to CHANGE IT!

    Obama 08!

    July 18, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. Mike

    McBush can not stop bad mouthing Obama. That is all the old man has got.

    July 18, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. Linda31

    I find it remarkable that you don't realize that he was just restating his current plan. Do you really expect him not to have one during the 18 months Obama has been running? Just as you, McCain, had a plan before you went. Not going to stick.

    July 18, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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