October 7th, 2008
07:30 PM ET
13 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. martie

    you've got to be kidding me! Obama is doing what Kerry and Gore failed to do...immediately fight back...Repubs have no choice right now, they can't talk about the issues so the next best thing is to try and create smears! Wake up Cindy, you won't be in the White house come Jan!!

    October 7, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  2. IndependentThinker

    look who's talking
    Seemingly voters don't share your view as far as dirty campaigns are concerned cause when they are asked through polls they think that McCain is the one who is running the sleaziest campaign
    Obviously we're living in a democratic country therefore you have the right to have your own approach of things

    October 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  3. Mirror on the Wall

    Mirror, Mirror on the wall...the McCain campaign should take a look in the mirror and see the dirtiest campaign of them all.

    Nice try Cindy, thankfully most Americans know your past and realize that you certainly have no credibility.

    October 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Gordon Liddy has said that, as a child, he grew up in a German-American community that included many admirers of Adolf Hitler, and that listening to Hitler's speeches "made me feel a strength inside I had never known before.

    October 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. Jon Wells

    what a dumbo

    October 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  6. Maynard

    WOW. Politicians will do anything to win.

    Lie, Cheat, throw mud to cover up and skirt the issues.

    No one has done anything out of the ordinary that the other has not done themselves, so shut your pie hole and talk about, well, lie and make promises that you cannot keep once you're in office, just like every other politician.

    Dirtiest campaign ever? What castle in an all white neighborhood did she just finally get outside from?

    October 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  7. Florida Voter

    She is AWFUL. Wow.

    You call Obama a lair and a pal of terrorists, and HE'S running the dirty campaign?

    Someone needs to test her mental faculties.

    October 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  8. Mccain is a liar

    WOW...the audacity...how can someone so thick headed be so rich...oh right inheritance, and Mccain left his poor sick wife and picked up this broad...PATHETIC!!

    October 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  9. Greg Des Rosiers, BSN, RN

    Like I care what that Stepford Wife-wannabe Cindy McCain has to say about Barack Obama or the election. She is a vapid, self-absorbed 'Daisy Buchanan', married to a pathetic old troll who is becoming more unhinged every day. She needs to fade into the background and be the doting caregiver for the doddering old fool. NOW.

    October 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  10. AMS

    This woman is amazing! I don't whether I should be disgusted by or admiring of her audacity in saying such a thing. Really, I suppose it is alarming that she feels she can get away with such an outrageous twisting of the facts. If you want to see the dirtiest campaign in history, Mrs. McCain, take a long hard look at yourself.

    October 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  11. please

    that's right, cause Joe is out there calling McCain a terrorist. Lady, go back and get another face lift or something. I cannot wait for this to be over so you can go back to your mansions and leave us alone.

    October 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  12. Scott

    The internet must be broken. I typed in CNN but got The Onion.

    October 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. Chris

    Oh, November! Please hurry so we no longer have to listen to this utter nonsense put forth by the McCain campaign.

    October 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. victor,nj

    The repugs have become the party of bigots and ignorance. What is sad is that they claim to be christians with moral values. They now have supporters calling Barack terriorists and chanting "kill him" at rally. Even the sheriff that is policing the town where a rally was held is refering Obama as Barack Hussein Obama. When did the name Hussein become the symbol of terriorism or when did all people of muslim religion are identified as terriorist. If that is the case I guess all catholics are petifilers or all momons wed teenagers. Or better wet why not condemn everyone named George because of Bush. It is sad that the repugs are so terrified of a potential black president.

    If anything happens to Obama, McCain and Palin are to be blamed!!!

    October 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  15. Kami in Arizona

    Cindy, you must not be seeing what I am seeing then! Obama has run a very postive campaign and only hit back after McCain stated his negative attacks.

    Nice try Cindy but we all know who is really running the negitive campaing, and it snot Obama.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  16. McCain/Palin go home

    Using Cindy McCain to cry poor us after their party launched a salvo of attacks over the weekend is par for them I suppose. The whole McCain campaign is shameful and pathetic.

    October 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  17. Dave G

    Republicans always accuse the other side of what they themselves actually do. It's part of their playbook.

    October 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  18. Crystal - Mississippi

    Wow! Spoken from someone whose husband is a evil little man.

    October 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  19. Mar

    BHAHAHAHAHAH!!! Thats pretty rich there bimbo McCain!! Obama was running an honourable campaign but you decided to get dirty. You threw the first punch and Obama is throwing the last. ! Suck it up princess.

    October 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  20. McShameless

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. This woman is clueless. John McShame is surrounded by clueless women. I never thought I'd say this, but bring back Hillary–at least Barack had an opponent on his level.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  21. Chicken Little's Hardhat Company

    Hypocrite!!! McCoward and Pansy have done nothing but sling mud, and then yell for all to see that Obama has gotten dirty. To think, I supported this mentally receding hypocrite 8 years ago.

    October 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  22. George

    This woman scares me!

    October 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |

    Say what?!! These folks have become the laughing stock of the nation.
    I guess they are still used to the Bush admin. getting away with saying anything, but this is laughable. I always thought Cindy was a bimbo, but until she opened her mouth, I didn't have the confirmation!

    October 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  24. Cynthia - Arkansas

    YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING ME! What planet are these people living on? Do they think people aren't keeping up at all? McShame and Palin have done nothing but lie and throw mud all week. Where has she been? Maybe too pilled up to notice? I think I would be, if I were married to a bumbling old fool who had revealed that he has no honor or character at all. P. S. Who cares what Cindy McShame says anyway? I will be so glad when this is over with and I don't have to hear McShame whine around or hear Palin do her "Aw, Shucks" act.


    October 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  25. Let the truth speak CNN

    That is hilarious..the McCain campaign is insighting hate against Obama..Palin is the most evil mouthpiece ever.. get a grip Cindy.. you have had one too many facelifts you along with John have lost your berings!

    October 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
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