October 8th, 2008
10:16 PM ET
12 years ago

Cindy McCain goes on the attack


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(CNN) - Cindy McCain, wife of Republican presidential candidate John McCain, appears to have sharpened her attacks against Barack Obama on the campaign trail in the final stretch of the race for the White House.

One day after she told a Tennessee newspaper Obama is running the "dirtiest campaign in American history," Mrs. McCain criticized the Illinois senator for voting against a bill to fund troops in Iraq, a regular line of attack from her husband’s campaign.

“The day that Senator Obama cast a vote not to fund my son when he was serving sent a cold chill through my body, let me tell you,” she told a Pennsylvania crowd before introducing her husband and Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin.

“I would suggest Senator Obama change shoes with me for just one day. I suggest he take a day and go watch our men and women deploying," she also said, to boisterous cheers from the campaign.

The vote Mrs. McCain is referencing came in May of 2007, when Obama was one of 14 senators who voted against a war-spending plan that would have provided emergency funds for American troops overseas. He, like many Democrats, was pushing for an end to the war in Iraq, and the legislation included no provisions for that. Before that vote, Obama did support and vote for a funding proposal that included a timeline for withdrawal from Iraq - a troop funding bill McCain opposed.

A CNN fact check deemed the charge that Obama voted against troop funding "misleading."

Read CNN's fact check on that vote

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Cindy McCain • Extra • John McCain
soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. Florida Voter

    I smell some desperation by the McCain campaign.

    She's only going to lower her own favorables by doing this. Everyone knows the whole story.

    October 8, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Sean

    Is she kidding?

    When you go to Obama rallies, do people in the crowd get worked into such an angry state that they shout out "terrorist" or "treason" or "kill him" at the mere mention of McCain? Never. And yet it's happening with more and more frequency at McCain and Palin events as a direct result of McCain's negative, dirty campaign tactics.

    The McCains, the Palins, and their campaign staff should be ashamed of the mob mentality they're actively coaxing out of their base of support.

    October 8, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. DigDug

    I come to these comments to try and grasp the mindset of the American people, and to determine where I stand among them as a fellow American. I must say, I find the comments made in defense of the Republican Campaign to be shocking. At this point in time, any defense of McCain as to his "consistency" or "honesty", and any comments as to the "desperation" of the Obama campaign or their "dirty tactics" are about as absurd a proposition as they've ever been. Yet people – usually an "Amy from Texas" or a "Cooter from Utah" – somehow feel the need to post such lines. In response I ask, do you REALLY believe that John McCain has shown better judgement both in his performance as the head of his campaign and as a 35-year senator than Obama? Its one thing to be loyal, but entirely another to be disingenuous. Why can't you accept defeat gracefully and with your head high – or are you taking cues from McCain and spiralling into a hole of frustration and anger?

    October 8, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. Janine

    “The day that Senator Obama cast a vote not to fund my son when he was serving sent a cold chill through my body, let me tell you,” she told a Pennsylvania crowd before introducing her husband and Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin.

    I get a chill too when you're husband talks about being a veteran all the while voting against benefits for them every chance he gets. Wow! What a hypocrite. Be careful when you point a finger...there's three pointing right back at you.

    October 8, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. Shelleyt

    HUH??? First of all..........Sen McCain ALSO voted no to a bill that would fund the troops, until a "better" bill was formulated, as is common. For her and the entire campaign to continue to repeat such slanderous and dangerous lies – including the "terrorist" garbage, is irresponsible at best and just plain desperately nasty.

    October 8, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. joan

    Cindy..please buy one big house in Alaska...take your old hubbie and Mrs. Joe Six Pack and Todd the wonder snow machine stud and the family pets and kids and cars and clothes and shoes and horrible hair do's and all your hypocritic ways and voices and move up there. FOREVER!

    October 8, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. Megan T.

    Wow! Cindy can talk? I thought her job was to stand around looking like Republican barbie. I quess she hasn't paid much attention to her husband's voting record or the campaign.

    October 8, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. tsm

    One of her shoes is probably worth more than I make in a month!!! She can't be taken seriously

    October 8, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. Oppose Zig Zag Express

    In was reported in another article from the Arizona Republic, dated Aug. 24, 1994, that Cindy McCain escaped prosecution for stealing/using drugs. "Cindy McCain, the wife of U.S. Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, admitted in a series of media interviews Monday that she became addicted to the painkillers Percocet and Vicodin.
    "She said that she used the drugs from 1989 to 1992 and acknowledged that she had stolen some pills from the American Voluntary Medical Team, a charitable organization of which she is president . . . at one point, McCain, 40, was ingesting 15 to 20 pills a day . . . the normal dosage for seriously ill patients is 6 to 10 a day for a short period."

    October 8, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. Republican Base Voting OBAMA

    Cindy, You did not even shake the hand of the people on the panel after the debate and you have to nerve to come out swinging with your heels off as you should donate the wasted money that you spend on this poor campaign.

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 8, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. S.R. Moritz

    So let me get this straight–Cindy McCain was actually sober enough to comment. WOW no wonder John McShame is doing so poorly–dividing his time (at age 73) between a nit-witted brunette and a nit-witted blonde.

    October 8, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. Bill

    Shocker, another negative story about Mccain from CNN.

    October 8, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. Jim B

    The secret service are starting to investigate people in the crowds are McCain and Palin events. It is clear that the McCain camp is promoting violence and hatred. This is similar to what occurred in Germany in the 30's. There were desperate economic conditions and one candidate promoted hatred towards others and suggested that his country was the better than all other countries. McCain and Palin will go down in history as a failed attempt to do the same 80 years later.

    October 8, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Texans for Obama

    Look who is talking. You and John left in a big hurry last night and did not have the decency stay and mingle with the people who participated in the debate last night. The straight talk Express has lost all of its wheels. This will be a landslide for Obama.
    You sore loser!!!!

    October 8, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. J.D.

    Hey Cindy, if Obama can change shoes with you for just one day, can he use all seven of your houses? In fact, how many shoes do you have? Which ones can he use, your $400 pumps or your $900 gold encrusted slippers?

    October 8, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. Tony Z-MD

    Lets see- Goldie Lox who is living off daddy's money wants to talk. How about the folks who lost everything courtesy of Mr. Keating. Cindy- what is the McCain/Palin solutions?

    Also, seems like you didn't want to mingle with Joe six-pack and those everyday folks- Gov. Moose Palin keeps referring too.

    October 8, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. Lauren

    All those times she's been standing behind John McCain like some sort of trophy wife, I suspected there might not be that much going on upstairs. Now I have confirmation.

    October 8, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. Sammy

    Old news and it all has to do with the timetable argument. Since it had one McCain voted no and Obama voted yes. And then the opposite happened. I am just curious however. Considering how much information exposure there is to people nowadays, how many people know this.

    If they have not already done so, I can see an add that goes something those lines and include the 100, 100, million years comment. It is stretching the truth but what else is new.

    October 8, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. faye, NV

    Cindy what world is she living in Palin/McCain is the one running the most dirties campaign I and many others have witness.

    The lies and belittlement you guys stresses is obsurd and down right nasty. If you are a proud mother to have a child fighting in a war that had nothing to do with 9/11 than same on you. However there are those fighting because of misguided and misinformed information from Bush/McCain.

    So when pointing fingers you better look at your husband. No-one should be fighting war for the wrong reason.

    CNN: please post my thoughts.

    October 8, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. carlos

    love of country joe/barry 08

    October 8, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. Debbie, Illinois

    Go Cindy! October 8th, 2008 3:29 pm ET

    Mrs. McCain, why couldn't Michelle Obama shake your hand last night; oh, I guess she wasn't "proud enough."

    …she simply turned her back on you, the way Obama turns his towards the American Flag…

    Yeah..... right.

    I saw Obama shake Cindy's hand, McCain didn't offer his to Michelle. Cindy and Michelle didn't shake hands. It's a draw.

    As far as the American Flag goes, try fact check before posting misinformation.....

    October 8, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. Hawkeye

    Her time would be better spent aiding Beer sales. IT is obvious that they need all the help they can get and they can not trust Palin. Well at least Alaske will get their governor back.

    October 8, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. Dylan

    Watching the McCains stoop to this level sends a cold chill through my body. I have voted Republican my entire life. This time I am not only supporting Obama but volunteering for him. Real leadership doesn't involve race or holding Patriotism for ransom. It involves civility, consistency and intellect. Obama has these traits. McCain does not. Race and party are irrelevant, we need a real leader.

    October 8, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. Kristin

    I will be voting for "that one" you know President "THAT ONE" Obama to lead this country on one nation under god...Not McShame who has run one of the most divisive campaigns I think in our life time!


    October 8, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. The Stallion & The Champ vs. The Old Mule and Winky Half-baked Alaska

    Send this witchy, trecherous, inhumane stick figure back to her cave to lick her self-inflicted wounds. Tell her to stop repeating the lie about Mother Teresa's involvement in the adoption of their Bangladeshi child. It's obvious she's living the same lie as her husband and his despicable lipsticked sidekick. Looks and sounds like Cindy's spouting falsehoods again. Likely another side effect from her botox overdose.

    October 8, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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