August 5th, 2008
11:35 AM ET
13 years ago

Kerry: McCain is 'dangerous' for the country

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Kerry spoke at an Obama fundraiser Monday night."] BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) - Former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry told donors at a Boston fundraiser for Barack Obama Monday night that John McCain is "dangerous" for the direction of the country.

Kerry listed Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and North Korea as examples of foreign policy issues that he believes Obama has had more foresight on than McCain. He also noted that even the Bush administration has fallen in sync with Obama on several positions recently.

“John McCain is still stuck on the low road express,” said Kerry. “He doesn’t get it. He’s even dangerous, I think, for the direction of this country.”

Kerry accused McCain of repeated flip-flopping and going back on his word of running a clean campaign He also poked fun at McCain’s economic credentials.

“I don’t know if you know this,” joked Kerry, “John McCain is looking for someone for vice president who has more economic expertise than he does. So congratulations to all of you, you’re on the short list.”

UPDATE: The Republican National Committee blasted Kerry's remarks. (after the jump)

That wasn’t the only joke up the Massachusetts senator’s sleeve.

“I asked Barack what he wanted for his birthday and he said, ‘just three things: Indiana, Colorado, and Virginia.’”

As he wrapped up, Kerry introduced Harry Connick Jr. and his daughter, Kate, who sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to Obama.

UPDATE: The Republican National Committee blasted Kerry's remarks.

“One of the few people who have less credibility on national security than John Kerry is the freshman senator from Illinois," said RNC spokesman Danny Diaz. "Barack Obama should focus on bolstering his paper thin resume as opposed to having surrogates level distorted attacks against Senator McCain.”

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John Kerry
soundoff (261 Responses)
  1. John

    He's right!

    August 5, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. Jon

    This coming from a morron who because of him Flip Flop has become a houshold word. No wonder Bush trouced him in 2004.

    August 5, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Eric

    Too bad Kerry couldn't be funny like that four years ago – we'd be so much better off.

    Hopefully everyone got the talking points today and they can hammer home the "dangerous" theme. McSame is worse than the same. He WILL be dangerous for the country.

    Obama 'O8/12

    August 5, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. Scott

    If anyone knows about danger,I guess that it should be John Kerry,as he apparently believes that Barack is not dangerous for America? I guess if you are for disarming your defenses,redistributing your wealth that you work for and marching towards the global community that all of these socialists and Obama-maniacs are striving for,then John McCain or anyone else is dangerous. Wake up people,and listen to what Obama is saying,it should scare the heck out of you!!

    August 5, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. poor johnny mack


    August 5, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. Don

    Kerry needs to take a sit.

    August 5, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  7. S. Boatman

    Mccain Is Dangerous For America! Pushing The Same Failed Policies As Bush Is Dangerous For Us All! Mccain Is Out Of Touch With The Needs Of The American People And Has No Real Solutions To Fix The Countries Problems!

    August 5, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. F. Lynn

    Bing-go, about time somebody started hitting this guy below the belt. I wonder if he thinks this is as funny as his Paris Hilton ad, (which cost him the Hiltons)? McCain has disgraced himself with the way he's running this campaign. I actually use to like the guy. FORGET IT! Yesterday I found out that many of the same people that ran bush's campaign are now running his. How sad for this country! The old tactics of Lee Atwater and Karl Rove need to be declare treasen for the way they divided this country. We haven't gotten anything done in Washington for decades because of them! What will we see next, a Willy Horton ad? We need a new direction. we need a uniter, We need truth in government. we need good judgement. What we don't need is a flip-flopping george bush.

    August 5, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. Abbey

    First he flips on HRC, now Mccain. I guess the rep ads were right all along. Nice show of loyalty to your friends, John. What are you hoping for-a cabinet position if you kiss butt enough?

    August 5, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. Jeff

    Oh go away had your chance and lost miserably.

    August 5, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. swaizey

    Foreign Policy, the fact that McCain was a POW and fought in the Vietnam WAr does not mean he can lead the country, Wes clark said it right, go read his comments. All that is need hear is VISIONS and GOOD JUDGEMENT FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. OBAMA hasnt being in Washington dat long but could take Mccain on his best issues, FOREIGN POLICY, why can Mccain take him on the Economy?, dont think so cos he is rolling out the same Bush failed tax cuts, virtually all bush policy with the exception of the Envionments thats all. He just went to bush`s 04`campaign site and then copy and paste the policy, check that out, if I`m wrong then call me out to it. And that is why he cant talk about the Issues, jst wanna talk about Paris and Britney all day, saying it is humor, What kind of humor can dat be wen the AMerican people are suffering, well cant blame him when he still has Phill Gramm advising him behind the scenes. OBAMA `08

    August 5, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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