October 7th, 2008
07:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Cindy McCain says Obama running 'dirtiest campaign' ever

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(CNN) - Cindy McCain lashed out at Barack Obama Tuesday, telling a Tennessee newspaper the Illinois senator has waged the "dirtiest campaign in American history."

The comments came hours before her husband, Republican nominee John McCain, was slated to square off with the Illinois senator at the second presidential debate, and are among her harshest to date of her husband's rival for the White House.

Speaking to the Tennessean, Cindy McCain also said her husband would use Tuesday night's town hall forum as an opportunity to correct what she suggested were misleading statements from the Obama campaign.

“What I have found is that it’s necessary to make sure the American people understand what we have to say, what we stand for as a husband and wife, and what we will do for the American people if we’re lucky enough to be elected,” Mrs. McCain also told the paper.

Both presidential campaigns have stepped up the intensity of their attacks, with only four weeks remaining until Election Day. The McCain campaign raised Obama's past relationship to 1960's radical William Ayers over the weekend, prompting the Democratic nominee’s campaign to unleash a 13-minute documentary Web video Monday detailing the Arizona senator’s involvement in the Keating Five scandal.

In an admitted effort to turn the dominating narrative away from the nation's ailing economy, McCain’s campaign also launched a new offensive against Barack Obama's trustworthiness Monday, releasing a new campaign ad that asks "Who is Barack Obama?", and tells voters the Illinois senator is 'lying' about his record.

soundoff (112 Responses)
  1. MarioB. from Berlin for OBAMA/BIDEN

    what the heck???

    She's so out of touch!
    This hoe has no idea of what's going on. This is really desperating and outrageous and laughable!!!

    Obama/Biden in a landslide!

    October 7, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  2. Linda

    Interesting that she keeps saying "we". "What we have to say", "what we stand for", "if we're lucky enought to be elected". And I wouldn't say that either present candidate is running the "dirtiest campaign in American history". I believe that honor goes to our current Commander In Thief"!

    October 7, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  3. Independent Female Voter

    Lady, give us a break! Do you think that we are that gullible and stupid? Your husband started this crap and now you are mad because Obama is striking back? You GOP folk are used to dishing it out and not used to getting it back. It may have worked with Kerry but there is a new sheriff in Dodge now, so stop letting your mouths write checks that your butt can't cash or get out of Dodge! Palin may be the pittbull with lipstick (not to mention an insult to all intelligent women) but Obama and Biden are the dog catchers that will shut her down. Stop LYING and attacking Obama and talk about the issues Mrs. Keating Five!

    Obama/ Biden 08

    October 7, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  4. Richard

    Go back and continue to count all your millions Cindy, we don't care what you think. Us common folks will continue to try and scratch out a living under the crushing hand that your party has dealt us.


    October 7, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  5. Ron

    Madam, you are not good enough to tie Obamas shoes.

    October 7, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  6. Independent Voter

    Wow.......she talks too!

    October 7, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. How Stupid Do You Think We Are?

    Who's got the forum insinuating the other candidate's the Anti-Christ?

    Oh yeah. McCain.

    Game over. There's literally nothing Obama can possibly do to stoop to the level of filthy mudslinging that John Sidney McCain's has resorted to. Stop lying, Cindy. Unlike Palin, you actually probably KNOW what you're saying.

    Your husband's running the dirtiest campaign since John Quincy Adams claimed that Andrew Jackson was literally going to hang Americans if he was elected, and spread such vicious rumors about Jackson's wife that she died from the stress. That's the only candidate who's stooped lower than McCain.

    October 7, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. Syed Shamsuddoha

    Cindy McCain should tell her husband to be faithful to the American people and not to twist the facts for gains. McCain is the one started the mudsling. McCain and his running mate even don't have proper education to understand the Americans. Americans understand the value of education and honesty – both are missing in McCain and Sarah Palin.



    October 7, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  9. Dave, Illinois

    Cindy is correct. Read the comments from the Obamite thugs on these blogs and you realize the mentality that might elect that dirty Chicago politician. ACORN is already using Chicago tactics to register dead and imaginary voters. One of their offices was raided today.

    October 7, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  10. John in KY

    This shows her intelligence (NONE)!

    October 7, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  11. ty

    is she living on this earth

    October 7, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  12. Calbb

    Cindy McCain – its hard for you guys to worry about the economy when you're loaded with millions and out of touch! Get a clue....its the economy stupid, and that's no lie!

    October 7, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
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