June 17th, 2009
11:25 AM ET
12 years ago

McCain again pans president's Iran response

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. John McCain told CNN Wednesday President Obama's statement that he doesn't want to meddle in the Iranian election controversy sends the wrong message.

"On this issue, I do not believe that the president is taking a leadership that is incumbent upon an American president, which we have throughout modern history, and that is to advocate for human rights and freedom - and free elections are one of those fundamentals," the Arizona Republican told John Roberts on CNN's American Morning.

President Obama Tuesday said that he has deep concerns over the election results in Iran, but stressed that "it's not productive, given the history of U.S.-Iranian relations, to be seen as meddling, the U.S. president meddling in Iranian elections."

McCain disputed that assessment. "We're not meddling in any country's affairs when we call for free and fair elections and the ability of people to exercise their human rights," he said Monday. "And when they disagree with a flawed or corrupt election, as the Iranian people have, [not] to be beaten and even killed in the streets."

Filed under: Iran • John McCain • President Obama
soundoff (201 Responses)
  1. Gerri

    McCain: Your judgement is flawed, the whole country knows it, that is why you LOST the election. Thankfully your words have no credibilty, and nobody is listening to you.
    We all know the last tihng we need right now is another riff with a middle-eastern country.

    June 17, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. dieter

    The days of sticking our noses publicly on every stinking issue is over. There are back channels to support the "loser" of the election and his supportes but the righty hawks just want to send a drone and bomb.
    You will fuel the "I told you so" from radicals is we call the elections fraudulent. Remember, our track record is not that good lately.

    June 17, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. Darlene S.

    Will someone please tell Sen. McCain he lost the election? Also, he is not the spokesperson for the GOP! Go back to his ranch in Arizona and watch the sunsets with Cindy!!!

    June 17, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. Rich G

    Yes, McCain, lets do get more involved. Shall we bomb, bomb, bomb Iran? Shall we tell Ayatolla what we want him to do, and then if he refuses, what, blame President Obama for not being forceful enough? Win win either way, right?

    Perfectly stated. Let's meddle with Iran. Worked so well with the Shah!

    June 17, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. big papa

    John McCain is a caricature of a defeated ideology, political party, and bitter people...

    ...everything that comes out of his crusty, old mouth smacks of jealousy, regret, and dyspepsia...

    ...Go away John, live on your wife's wealth and give up your government healthcare, pension and social security...

    ...since you (and your ilk) don't believe in government...

    June 17, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. Deborah from KC/RN

    Thank Goodness John McCain is not our president. He does not take time to think things through and get all the facts; before he just jumps in and starts reacting. Same thing he did during the election. I guess we should invade Iran and help them kill their citizens with our own military? I guess it would be good if Iran's President and Supreme Leader could blame American interference on all their problems, like they have been able to for the past 30 years? Why don't you Republicans, ever think about what it is you are doing, before you run your mouths? Just like Dick Cheney making our enemies think this would be a great time for them to attack us, you are hurting our country. Stop putting your party and your own political gain; ahead of doing what is best for America.

    June 17, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. PulSamsara

    McCain – Eat your Crow and shut your mouth!

    Your way FAILED !

    This way is working – shameless fool.

    June 17, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Lou from CT

    Expressing our reservations about the election is as far as it needs to go. Let Iran boil over as long as US interests are not affected.

    Hey Johnny – don't go away mad – just go away.

    June 17, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. Simmy

    CNN.........Where did 10 comments on the article re: Pres. Obama/Fox come from? It was in 'permalink,' and 2 mins. later you had comments......Why are you 'now' censoring when it comes to subjects cc the right wing? Isn't censoring what's going on in Iran? Rethink your MO, producers.....

    June 17, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. Blue is my favourite colour

    Right, Johnny, try to start the war–and then have a moment of lucidity to realize that you are not in any position to dictate policy or orders to anyone.

    You are an out-dated pinhead. Go home to your beer barbie doll and figure out how to shelter her money from taxes. You'll need it when you are voted out of the senate and have nothing to occupy your time with anymore.

    June 17, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. GP

    if he didn't define it explicitly himself by saying exactly what we should do, I'd say perhaps Obama should have defined what " meddling" means... how about we let some other country make those calls for once, and take care of our own just like those other guys are doing?

    June 17, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. Reformed Republican

    Put a lid on it McCain – Your comments are a crude reminder of the long dead cold war and counter productive to my country's efforts to deal with 21st century realities.

    June 17, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  13. Ken

    There is no solid evidence yet.

    If the US had waited for solid evidence (instead of trumped up propoganda) before invading Iraq, there would have been NO war.

    – 4,500 fewer American casualties.

    – Hundreds of thousands fewer Iraquis as casualties.

    – Almost 800 BILLION saved.

    But, Republicans, if you want to invade.... see what happens. (again)

    June 17, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. Mario, mtl, ca.

    Please John McCain shot up, after claiming bomb,bomb,bomb, iran.. Makes like a stupid Bush followers again', don't you understand that your cowboy politics no one like it, please wake up old man

    June 17, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  15. Judy

    McCain stilll doesn't get it....we don't want to do things like we used to do. I don't want USA to be involved in internal politics of other countries. McCain and his daughter are riduculous. I lost all respect for him during the campagin when he bowed to the right wing haters.

    June 17, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. Robert

    Mr. McCain,
    We first need to clean our own Dirt. Why should we bother about Iran's Dirt. Let Iran Go to Hell. Mr. McCain, if you are so concerned about Iran, please go and live there.We need to take care of our own problems:
    1....... Economy........ 2....... Health Care....... 3....... Wars........ 4.................... Unemployment........ 5....... Crimes, Homicides and Gang Violence.........

    June 17, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. Tony/Seattle

    Wrong, Johnny! The Prez is playing his cards just right. Any strong American stance on Iranian politics is just what the Iranian radicals want in order to divert attention from their internal problems. Better to be smart than loud and self-righteous.

    June 17, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. Eric

    What McCain fails to recognize again, is that there is no proof that the election was fradulent- there were some irregularities but nothing to suggest voter fraud to the scale that would change the outcome of the election. Sure, Americans don't trust or like Iran, but rachetting up the rhetoric isn't the answer. Change in Iran will come from the people, we can support that but it would be wrong to get overly involved at this point when there is a lack of proof of what McCain suggests- nor has the violence that's been reported severe enough to warrant a greater response than has been given.

    What is McCain's motive here? Undermine the president? Appeal to Americans negative feelings about Iran? Encourage the president to make a mistake? Or is he just that flawed in his thinking on foriegn policy.

    June 17, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. ANNY

    This is why america voted for Obama instead of the Republican.....we don't need to stick our nose into their business......If the Iranians want a new President, if they want freedom of speech then let them stand up for themselves and fight for it.......we don't need to get involved and start another war.......but that is what the GOP is all about WAR.......McCain needs to sit down and shut up, someone tell him he wasn't elected President............

    June 17, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    This is why you lost the election. BAD JUDGEMENT!!!

    June 17, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. Big Ed

    Senastor McCain, what would you suggest? "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb..Bomb, Bomb Iran"?

    June 17, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  22. Billy

    John "Ready, Fire, Aim!" McCain.

    He has no clue.

    June 17, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  23. The Unshrub

    Give it up old man, and let those in Washington who aren't senile do the work.

    June 17, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. Alex

    The message being sent far and wide in the past few months (if not the last 8 years): Republicans are pro-war. I really can't see how anyone who claims to be a GOP supporter can claim otherwise after the non-stop spewing of McCain and Cheney over the past 5 months.

    June 17, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. Big Ed

    Hey, Phoenix86 – Seek professional help...soon!

    June 17, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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