August 18th, 2008
12:15 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama, McCain react to Musharraf

(CNN) - Both Barack Obama and John McCain have released statements reacting to the resignation of Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf:

Read the statements after the jump

"President Musharraf has made the right decision to step down as President of Pakistan. It is in the interests of his country and the Pakistani people to end the political crisis that has immobilized the coalition government for too long. I have long said that the central terrorist threat to the United States lies in northwest Pakistan and Afghanistan, and not Iraq. US policy must focus on assuring that all elements of Pakistan's government are resolute in shutting down the safe havens for al Qaeda and the Taliban. There can be no safe haven for terrorists who threaten the American people.

"A year ago, I advocated that the US move from a 'Musharraf policy' to a 'Pakistan policy.' I hope all of Pakistan's friends will now seize the opportunity created by Musharraf's exit to focus on the urgent issues of today: confronting the threat of extremist violence, dealing with food and energy shortages, and helping the Pakistani people build a stable, secure, democratic future."

"The resignation of President Pervez Musharraf is a step toward moving Pakistan onto a more stable political footing. Pakistan is a critical theater in countering the threat of al Qaeda and violent Islamic extremism, and I look forward to the government increasing its future cooperation.

"There are serious problems that must be addressed. The situation in Pakistan's frontier regions requires immediate and continued attention, and I hope that the elections for President Musharraf's successor will serve to reconcile the Pakistani people behind a leader who can solidify their government internally. It is critical that the United States continue to work in partnership with the Pakistani people and their democratically elected government to tackle the many challenges we both face."

soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. RJ

    NO, OBAMA, YOU WILL N – O – T WIN! Because everyone is now reading "The Obama Nation" and finding out what kind of a shyster you really are!

    August 18, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. Abby

    Mr McCian, I thought the republican administration loved Musharraf...Another HUGE miscalculation to add to that of Russia/Georgia? We need a leader with good judgment!!

    Obama for Peace. Obama for America.

    August 18, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. McCain:SmallWeakCowardlyMan OffersMoreOfTheSame TearsOthersDownToBuildHimselfUp

    So did Grampy McCain't lift his response off Wikipedia again or this manufactured from some other "source"?

    August 18, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. Torrance, CA

    I applaude Musharraf's decision to finally step down, under the threat of impeachment.

    Now, will anyone help us get rid of the 3rd member of our own AXIS of Evil and impeach GW Bush? Although we only have him as president until Jan 21st 2009, noon, maybe if the articles of impeachment include garnishing his lifetime salary of $400K per year, our children will get some help in burdening the costs of HIS WAR on the WRONG TERROR...or

    after HE declared Victory in May of 2003, the American Taxpayer bills him for the costs which have mounted from that time.

    Oh, by the way, the 3rd member of our axis of Political Evil was the UK's Tony Blair.

    August 18, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. Concerned INDEPENDENT CT voter

    Obam was right all along!


    August 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. Monica, Texas

    I remember Obama talking about Misharraf nearly a year ago....McCain you were late on this one

    August 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. I will win

    Same mistake Hillary made – she was over-confident and now Obama's arrogance is showing through. This is going to cost him the election.

    It makes me want to vote for McCain just to put him in his place. Who does he think he is?

    August 18, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. EDW

    Nicolle Wallace, a spokeswoman for Mr. McCain, said on Sunday night that Mr. McCain had not heard the broadcast of the event while in his motorcade and heard none of the questions.

    “The insinuation from the Obama campaign that John McCain, a former prisoner of war, cheated is outrageous,” Ms. Wallace said.


    August 18, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Kevin

    No doubt the media will try to make Obama look bad with this story.

    The media has dropped the ball this elecion. If Obama had an affiar, they'd be all over him about it. It would be on the front page.

    But nobody in the media bothers asking John McCain about his affair on his first wife.


    CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC are a bunch of cowards. They are a disgrace to journalism.

    August 18, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. Angelo

    McCain and friends showed BAD JUDGEMENT when he concentrated on Iraq instead of Afghanistan. See McCain, you are now turning around and saying Obama was right that Afghan is where the terrorists are NOT Iraq!!!!

    August 18, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. Obama 08 voter

    RJ –

    if you havent learned, the Obama Nation is nothing but complete and utter lies. WAKE UP! This is why america is in dire threat

    August 18, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. JM


    August 18, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. Abby

    RJ, no one with an open mind is reading a discredited author looking for truth. no one looking objectively is reading that book. So you red-staters who already made up your minds and are struggling for money can make the con-man even richer by buying his book and he will laugh all the way to the bank. Good luck.

    August 18, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. Judgement over Experience

    Your judgment as usual mccain is flawed. The US should have been watching Pakistan as Obama suggested instead of INVADING Iraq over a lie. And in about two weeks you will be saying we need to step into Pakistan to 'settle' their country. You mccain, as you proved in the forum, are all about war. I will go with Obama because I love my country.

    August 18, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. johnt

    how much does it coast to buy the white house?and will sen. obama be able to readjust to a simple sen. or a presidents measly salary, after the donor money stops coming in. or does he expect his followers to keep donating forever

    August 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. LS

    McCain left out the phrase "my friends" and the word "surge". If McCain really wrote this, he would have used those two phrases.

    Who are we kidding, McCain can't even discuss anything without someone first telling him what to say. And besides, McCain doesn't speak for the Republican party anyways.

    Yeah McCain really wrote this . . .sure, uh huh, we believe it – but not really.

    August 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. ALLAN USA.

    If no HRC -no Obama.

    August 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. FRANK O.

    RJ, if your decision to select as our next leader is based on a book called "Obama Nation", I beg and pray that you and people like are in VERY small numbers and that people like you have no net effect on the election outcome. But alas! my prayers have not been answered before and as a result of which our great nation is in the tumultous state it is in right now.

    I shall continue to pray for the better judgement of people and for betterment of this great nation.

    Lord Help Us All!

    August 18, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. Enlightened Voter

    Obama's judgment as usual is right on the money. Mccain's is flawed as usual. BTW was anyone tired of the POW stories during the forum? Is war all this clown ever thinks about??????

    August 18, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. Isidore Tamo

    Wasn't McSame and president Bush the best advocates for Musharraf? Another flip-flop from McSame. He will say and do anything to win some votes: not this time.

    August 18, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. Ikem Umealo

    On Pakistan Obama has an edge because he remained insightful and knew that a Policy that focuses on the people of Pakistan will always be more expedient that a policy that simply allies a president Musharraf to Washington. Experience did not teach this to John McCain.

    August 18, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  22. ProudToBeDemocrat

    Rick Warner is a lying pastor he lied about Mccain being in a closed room, when Mccain's compagn admitted mccain was not in a room. I do not know how Obama can trust this people. Mccain new all the question before hand, he was answering them before the guy finised his question.

    August 18, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. Eric

    It's nice to visit some websites, like the Vets against McCain. It was clear, although the media tried to cover it, that McCain never really supported the troops. He would only use his past as POW to gain some votes. But I was unaware of the degree of moral decrepitude this guy was capable of. No wonder Obama is more popular among the troops and veterans.

    -Ignored pleas of POW/MIA Family Members for his political influence in the overall POW/MIA Issue as well as with their individual cases

    ~Verbally abused POW/MIA Family Members in public and private

    ~Attempted to negatively influence those who testified before the 1992 Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs

    ~Diminished legislation that gave oversight and protection to the families

    ~Dismantled protection to any future servicemen that go missing.

    August 18, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Now McCain can enter "the gates of hell" in search of Osama bin Laden.

    August 18, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. Donna in ID

    It is to bad that we didn't have a Pres. that would admit that he was screwing up and not doing the right things for the USA and resigned. Then we could have impeached Chaney and really cleaned house.

    August 18, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
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