August 18th, 2008
11:10 AM ET
14 years ago

McCain hits Obama on 'failure of judgment'


Watch McCain hammer Obama over Iraq.

(CNN) - John McCain told a veterans group Monday that Barack Obama had played politics with the Iraq war by trying to “legislate failure.”

“With less than three months to go before the election, a lot of people are still trying to square Senator Obama’s varying positions on the surge in Iraq,” McCain told the Veterans of Foreign Wars Monday at their annual convention in Orlando, Florida.

In recent weeks, McCain has intensified his criticisms of Obama on the war. At the Aspen Institute in Colorado last week, McCain said of his rival: "I think he's wrong, and I think he used the issue of Iraq for political reasons to get the nomination of his party.”

Watch: McCain hits Obama on Iraq

McCain repeated a number of accusations he first issued two weekends ago to the convention of the Disabled American Veterans in Las Vegas, including that Obama tried to “legislate failure” by voting against the May 2007 supplemental appropriations bill, a nay vote that Obama’s campaign said was a protest against the Bush administration’s refusal to include a timeline for troop withdrawal.

The presumptive Republican nominee also hammered Obama on his apparent refusal to admit that the troop surge has succeeded.

“Thanks to the courage and sacrifice of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines and to brave Iraqi fighters the surge has succeeded,” McCain said. “And yet Senator Obama still cannot quite bring himself to admit his own failure in judgment.”

McCain also continued to push his line on the Georgia-Russia conflict, accusing Moscow of “tyranny” and demanding that Russia be thrown out of the G-8.

“In cooperation with our friends and allies in Europe, we will make it clear to Russia’s rulers that acts of violence and intimidation come at a heavy cost,” he said. “There will be no place among G-8 nations, or in the WTO, for a modern Russia that acts at times like the old Soviet Union. The Cold War is over, the Soviet empire is gone, and neither one is missed.”

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soundoff (147 Responses)
  1. Puzzled

    JB, anybody can do that if they have the questions ahead of time. Also, a quick response doesn't always equate to an answered question.

    August 18, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Phantom of the Oprah

    Americans do not seem to care that Obama repeatedly is caught in lies, or situations that demonstrate a lack of judgement...

    But... is hating Bush enough of a reason to accept an installed nominee like Obama?

    That is the question that will be answered in the voting booth as Americans make their judgement.

    August 18, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. Jerry

    McCain talking Obama judgement look how many American troops died in Iraq, McCain thousand of parents grieving because Bush and McCain send there children in harm way....MCSAME same old politic's
    wake up American he another Bush.

    August 18, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. Chi4Obama

    SYNPOSIS: – While in the Senate, John McCain's voting record has sided with George Bush on 95% of all issues. Hence, electing McCain as President would represent a strong likelihood that this country would continue to serve under Bush's policies.

    Math Hypothesis:
    IF: John McCain votes with George Bush 95% of the time,

    August 18, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. Marilyn

    The "failure of judgement" award goes to the Democratic Party for again choosing an unelectable candidate! Will they never learn? Most people in this country are moderate in their views about most everything. Yet the Democrats continue to nominate left-wing idiots and then can't figure out why they lost? I have finally given up on the Democrat Party and changed my affiliation to Independent.

    August 18, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. Sammy

    Things in Iraq are better but considering for example the bombings the last few days I wouldnt say the surge "worked". But then it depends on the definition of success. Also, he still wont say that paying out lots of money to get the militias to do other things (and letting them police their own areas) helped the most. I value frank talk and when candidates avoid commenting on things that are obvious then I wonder about their motives.

    August 18, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. fred

    Obama does lack judgement. He couldn't even give direct answers at the Saddleback forum. And his head always tilted down and he gave little eye contact with the audience. He clearly has no clear positions (no pun intended)

    August 18, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. Peter

    McCain has bad judgement! he said "We're not in a Reccession"!!!

    August 18, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. independent jim

    Would love for John McCain to admit his backing of the Iraq invasion was wrong! Of course, even if he knows in his heart of hearts it was the wrong decision, he won't. And why, for political gain so enough already McSamness.

    August 18, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. BK

    Loose the war indeed. That's why you said 'no surrender' then said you'd be okay with the same timeline for withdraw that Obama had already suggested, McCain? Did you change your mind ~back~?

    August 18, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. Socialists for Obama

    Obama: Change (in positions, policies and beliefs) you can set your clock by.

    August 18, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. Independent in DC

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black...

    August 18, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Me

    Please stop using the "Obama is unexperienced" retort people. Lincoln, Wilson, Roosevelt, and Kennedy were all unexperienced when they took office. Were they all 'risky' choices?

    August 18, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. Crush Rush

    Dont forget to tell everyone how much payoff money it took to keep the insurgents quiet till after the election John.

    August 18, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  15. RENEA

    McCAIN,S failure in judgement is not supporting issues that protect the GI,S. McCain gets a D rating on his voting records from Vet groups.

    August 18, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. McCain has no original thought in his head.

    it is for people who do not value critical analysis that think John McCain did well.
    He answered the qestions before the were asked. Did you see how he use platitudes to rattles answers. It only impressed feeble minded people.

    August 18, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. Tired of W, OH

    McCain's thought process:

    "What was my position again? Dang it, I can't seem to remember. Should I just make it up again? Nah, I might flip flop like I did the last time. What should I do? I know. I'll just mention the surge a dozen times. It sure has helped out on the Iraq-Pakistan border. Then I'll attack Obama. That's it."

    Don't be insane. Don't vote for McCain.

    August 18, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. proud army and navy mom

    where was mccain judgment in voting for a war based on lies and deceit? He believe every lie george w and his war criminals put out.

    He continues to say the the surge is succeeding! Stop paying the sons of Iraq 16 million dollars a month and then let's see exactly how successful it is.

    Furthermore if the surge is a success, why is our troops still there? I thought the latest reason was to stablized Iraq. If it is stable, Bring our troops home!

    Fact is, mccain is lying, as usual.

    August 18, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Irene

    Senator Obama's GOOD JUDGEMENT was.... not to go to war with Iraq.

    To Mr. McCain I say........there wouldn't have been any surge to deal with if we had followed Barack Obama's SOUND ADVICE! Stop touting the a small part of a much larger ugly and unnecessary war!

    August 18, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. 18,000,000 plus the disenfranchised

    That would be the weakness of Obama's that I would certainly emphasis.

    August 18, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. Geoz

    One note Johnny McCain. We know you were a POW.... can you find some content besides that?

    August 18, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. Ramona

    Is there a reason that Sen McCain cannot speak about issues without talking about how Sen Obama is "so wrong"? I am totally, totally SICK of hearing nothing out of his mouth that does not involve putting Obama down. CLEAN UP THE MOUTH! And stop calling me "my friend". Tired of hearing that also. Talk about what you believe in, and leave Obama OUT OF IT.

    August 18, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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