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. 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 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. suzyku

    Criticizing Obama is all this old jerk has left! He's been wrong on everything else, gets constantly mixed up, hasn't showed up to vote on anything, panders to lobbyists and crooks, says whatever he thinks people want to hear, flip flops on an hourly basis and is tied to bush by the hip! NO to mcsame/mcbush!!!!!!

    July 18, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. Les Roark

    Obama a socialist? Ya think?

    July 18, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  4. Donna B.

    Obama is a socialist! He and everyone who believes that socialism would bring about a better way of life than the democracy created under the constitution and why we left England in the first place – needs to leave America! USA is a democracy with a Free Market System – and it should remain that way. The many other countries in the world who have a socialist system are certainly NOT better off, nor do they acknowledge that God gave us individual inalienable rights as does our country. Socialist want to revoke those God given rights and let the government have them. I say get out of America – we want no part of socialism!

    July 18, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. MIKE

    mccain should start critsizing himself fist. mccain go home please!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 18, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. Patrick Henry's ghost, Ft. Myers

    Why should he refrain?
    It is very likely (a certainty with a bus full of press with him) Obama will be stumping his points all over the middle east–someone should be able to rebut his one-sided U.S. policy speaking points.

    July 18, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. Honorable Kansas Vet

    McCain is showing his true colors, he is a little vindictive man who will stop at nothing.

    I respect his service, that is all.

    July 18, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |

    Then they talk about the media favoring Barack. How is it favoring Barack if they do not report McCain's statements and his voting record? If Barack had made a joke about women enjoying rape he would be done, over! But McCain is just being McCain... so that is the real man??????? is there really a comparison between these men? MEDIA WAKE UP AND STOP GOING TO ARIZONA FOR WEEKENDS AND not reporting what needs to be reported. What you are doing is a form of corruption...


    July 18, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. Gimme A Break

    "Real Americans will be disgusted with this obvious campaign tour. Shame on you Obama!"

    Well I was born in American and lived here all my life, and I cant wait for President Obama's welcome tour. The entire world loves him, as well as most democrats, and hates Republicans. WOnder why? This is a globalized world, and allies and friends are important.

    Wasnt it the Republicans and McCain crying about how Obama didnt go to Iraq, and now he is having a foreign policy trip they hate it? lol

    So jealous, so typical.

    Obama '08

    July 18, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  10. Gramma Faye /Idaho

    Why should he let up?? This is a fight for the highest office in the world. I hope he drives home Obamas voting record or lack of and really get on that. It is time to take off the kid gloves and get serious. If Obama gets in I am afraid we are going to be a Socialist.
    In another posting here I agree with Mike from TX.

    July 18, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. mollygonz

    McShame..you are disgusting! You will go to any length to discredit Senator Obama. You were the one who pushed him into going overseas and now you are criticizing him, saying it's a campaign ploy. Make up your wicked mind. You are ridiculous and to even go to that place where you "don't know" if Obama is socialist is disgusting. Whatever Obama is, it is sooo much better than anything you could ever dream of offering and anyone voting for you is pathetic!

    July 18, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. Scott

    The Obama Rainbow Tour...one overseas trip and that will make him a World Leader and expert on foreign policies. He gotta fill that empty suit some how.

    July 18, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Billy


    Thats funny, because I'm a real American (and veteran) and I hope Obama's trip is a huge success!


    By the way, the real American also finds if very funny how transparent McCain is with his attacks.... "He should go, he shouldn't go, he stole my woobee..."

    July 18, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. Henry

    As a Canadian, I seriously do not understand why Americans do not fully support Obama. I've been following this election very closely, and if you take a look at everything, Obama is better. Take a look at his policies -they're all better on every issue. Take a look at how he inspires people and brings people together. Take a look at his track record, what he did in the Illinois legislature and Senate. He's also just way more smart than Mccain.

    July 18, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. mollygonz

    PUMA"s go blow it out your ears!!!! You are tired and done.

    July 18, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. BV

    Senator Obama is in the mist of making history. It is expected that he will draw enormous crowds thru out Europe. Should this trip prove as positive, as hoped for by many, Senator McCain will be hard pressed to make statements against Senator Obama that have sound reason behind them. I think that it is already becoming apparent in some of his most recent statements. Senator McCain and his group are grasping at straws right now and they are only going to get more desperate as time goes on. I am so thankful that we have a candidate for President of the USA that represents this country as an intelligent, well informed and charismatic individual that many countries in this world are as excited about as many of us are. It has been years too long in the making.

    July 18, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. JT Johnson

    Get it real, folks: BO is not the President; he is only the Black Messiah wanting to the president. The two candidates will continue fairly slamming each other until the election, and then the one who is elected will truly be slammed daily from the "other side".

    July 18, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. Natasha Klein

    McCain keeps attacking Obama because if he doesn't, he'd actually have to talk about the substantive issues that he has proven poor judgement on. He'd just dig himself right into the ground. I'll take judgement over experience any day.

    July 18, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Sue

    Folks, if that BO is elected president, I for one will never stop slamming him no matter what he does or where he goes. He is an empty suit. He can only talk/talk/talk.

    July 18, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. PP

    Once u are in a position where your innerself says u r not worth it, but u need to play the drama for full 3 hours, what else u can do? u donno what to say abt yrself yr vision yr dreams, how to carry new generation with you, talk to a crowd of retired and resigned to fate and senile people, u donno what is happening in this world right now, u r out of time of technology/thinking/way to move ahead of 21st century , then what u do? take a microphone and shout from your rat hole that excpet you all are bad and donnoo anything and blame them and criticise them. But a rat does not know that how others look at it, a rat in its hole and making annoying noises...so what others will do? whatever they will do rat will cease to make noises and will never be seen. may be it has become wise after all..:)

    July 18, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. Mike, Syracuse NY

    If Obama is making political speeches in Europe, he should be paying for the trip with campaign funds instead of tax dollars.

    July 18, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. young voter

    i love reading these blogs......all the old farts bickering over the Repubs or Dems......not a single person on these blogs ever recognize that these are politicians....this is what they do.....crazy right wing evangelical nationalists / left wing hippie environauts....tomato / tomaughto.....its all the same just different ends of the spectrum

    i would vote if it made a difference....in the end the rich still get richer....and the poor still get poorer

    anyone want to start a fight club and destroy the establishment?

    July 18, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. Czechoslovakia does not exist anymore

    McCain, your desperation and jealousy is beginning to show. You can't have it both ways, you can't criticize Obama for not going then criticize him for going. Sounds like you and your campaign are whining.

    July 18, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. Marcus, Great Lakes IL

    To those of you who think that Obama is a socialist and shop at a certain Big-Box store I ask you this:

    If the big-box store imports over 70% of it’s merchandise from China and has big-boxed communist branches, doesn’t that mean that you support a communist regime? I also believe you are the same people who would keep all of the Social Security benefits instead of returning the half you never paid for in the first place or turning down unemployment compensation because it is a government program.

    Silly people.

    July 18, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. Sherri

    Senator Obama has a well reasoned, intelligent plan for dealing with Iraq and Afghanistan. He is now making a trip to gather facts and hone his position even further. How is that wrong?

    Senator McCain sings little ditties about bombing people, jokes about tobacco as a means of doing away with civilians and shows just how much he does not value human life. It is disgusting behavior, not worthy of one seeking the presidential office.

    We are not used to leaders who listen to anyone. Obama listens, reviews, and surrounds himself with top notch advisors. That is good for America. I am so very proud to support him.

    July 18, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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