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. peter

    a clear and defining example of the difference. tact is spelled tact not tack. so when making a point, you don't have to drive it in. finess sorely missing in john mcain. i'm so thankful we have president obama, who can get his message across to the iranian people without his words backfiring and inciting the situation. i do think thats the reason your not the president.

    June 17, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. Melissa

    Of course he does. The war monger wants to go to war, just like the rest of the Republicans.

    June 17, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. True Muslim

    McCain is similar to Bush and he continue to have the wrong approach to Middle Eastern issues.

    The best approach to the problem in Iran is to stay away. If the US interfer, then all Iranians will unite against it. Obama is smart, and his speach in Egypt is behind what is happenining now in Iran.

    June 17, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Steve J, Michigan

    Sure McCain lets give the Iranians someone to focus thier anger and rage at. Lets stick our noses in someone else's business because you Repugs will never learn...Man i'm sick of these losers...


    June 17, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. Bonnie Kimberly

    Let us let the people of Iran run thier own freedom march. We don't need to be trying to save them from thier leaders.....it gets scary thinking we might even try to do this. They have thier own system and they don't need or want us trying to butt in. We don't have the answers for these people and should not try to act like we do. McCain needs to pull his head out!

    June 17, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. RepubliKLANs Are Stupid As Stupid Does

    Yes, McSame let's go Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran!!!...GW Bush has finished bombing Irak and wrecked the USA economy in the process, and now you want to start another war with Iran and totally bury our children and grand children in an unjust war!!!

    Way to go McSame...keep spouting that gibberish until you believe it!!!!!

    June 17, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. Barbara

    I support President's Obama handling of the situation in Iran. If we've learned anything at all from those horrible Bush years is that we can not control the world or bully our way into countries. The Iraq War was a waste of dollars and sadly, lives-both of our military-military from other counries and innocent people in Iraq.
    I am very proud of our President. He is restoring our image all around the world!

    June 17, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. Emmy

    McCain was right... American companies need to manufacture more bombs and light ammunition, Pres. Obama, invade Iran immediately and let the war begin. America is not tired of fighting.. they can afford to bankroll any war in the Middle East. McCain is my man any day, let the war songs start

    June 17, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. tee


    We are informed and we think logically.............you're the one that opinionated............never use any fact.........what is the common sense thing to do?

    June 17, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. morefromLA

    John McCain looking for another jet to crash. Thank God he's not in the White House (except when invited).

    June 17, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Expat American

    What does Georgian McCain suggest that we really do? Immediately Condemn Ahmadinejad's alleged victory while openly siding with the opposition? This is exactly what Ahmadinejad wants.

    Then what? Send more troops and install a second Shah? This, as well, is exactly what Ahmadinejad wants.

    Quick knee-jerk action without serious contemplation could result in the rise of another Khomeini.

    What really matters is what would Palin do? She is more qualified to be President, according to her supporters...or is she too busy savoring the victory of her Letterman apology?

    June 17, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. S. Smith

    Hi phoenix86,

    The reason even FRANCE and Germany can take a strong stance on this is because they have strong ties with Iran, economically and diplomatically. Try flipping off FIXED NEWS for a few minutes and educate yourself.

    If you had the good sense to show the same restraint as Obama, you wouldn't end up looking so foolish with your uninformed opinions.

    June 17, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |

    How would America feel if Iran or any other country wanted to investigate our election process. We all know that the election in Iran was not a fair election but WHO ARE WE TO DEMAND A RECOUNT SO TO SPEAK. FOR ONCE AMERICA HANDS OFF. THE PEOPLE OF IRAN NEED TO FIND A WAY FOR FAIR DEMOCRACY. Tired of US acting like "BIG BROTHER" when we have our issues here, big issues and that is where all our efforts should go. It's not like Iran right now is a huge threat to us or any of our Allies. I say stay out of it.

    June 17, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. Ted

    This has to mark the first time that protesters in favor of democracy over dictatorship have not been supported by the US. While I agree that we should move slowly, it's clear that we need to tell the people of Iran we support them in their endeavors to have a clear, accountable and transparent election process.

    Where is Jimmy Carter in all of this? He is always out front of election issues in other countries and our own.

    By the way, how is McCain to blame for the Iranian revolution that occurred during the Carter administration during which they took American hostages?

    June 17, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. Maggie

    John, if he aggreed with the US "meddling" in Iranian elections they he would ahve to agree to others "meddling in our unfair elections. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. Meddle in their afairs opens the door to our own past recent election. There are some things the dems would want o keep under the rug.

    June 17, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. history repeats

    is it me or is it obvious that fox news told there posters to come into this forum and post their opinion about obama's comment about fox news being biased? its seriously like high school when you deal with those people. fox news is an ignorant and childish news station anyone with a brain can see that and its been a pretty obvious opinion of most people here yet there is a massive attack of how fox news is the only credible voice in media. ridiculous.

    June 17, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. John

    The GOP are either more stupid than I thought, or they're promoting this Iranian policy in a vain attempt to screw things up so that their agenda of fear will have some basis in reality. I mean McCain can't keep singing, "Bomb, Bomb Iran" if they're our friends right?

    June 17, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. Jacnpdx

    Lol Like the free and fair election in 2000? We didn't expect any other country to come to our rescue...

    June 17, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. AJ

    The President is absolutely correct. It is people like McCain who gives America a bad rap for "meddling" in other country's affair.
    If McCain and all the other meddling fools want to denounce Iran's election because they felt it was not "free and fair", then why don't they go ahead and do it themselves and leave the President alone. Don't they realize he has enough work to do here in America?

    June 17, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. steve

    McCain appears to think he is still a Presidencial candidate but does not seem to remember he was defeated 2 to 1 and without the southern states the defeat would have been much worse. Who is going to vote for someone that will be as old as he will be in 2012.

    June 17, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. Robert

    McCain is completely wrong, and just strengthens the feeling that we dodged a major bullet when he didn't get elected. America has lost a lot of respect in the world because it seems we dictate what other countries should be doing in their own governments. Especially with Iran, where the CIA has history of overthrowing elected leaders.

    June 17, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  22. Deb

    I totally disagree with John McCain and am once again so relieved I and others voted for President Obama. We should not meddle in Iranian elections. I think our President is doing a great job. We are not all "Iranians" as McCain decried that we were all "Georgians" during the presidential campaign.

    June 17, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. Peoples Voice

    Yeah, John. Your opinion on Iran is just what we need. Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran. Why don't you go back to your cell and shut up.

    June 17, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. Richard

    Hey McCain,
    You lost your last bid to be ruler of the universe so suck it up. But, there is still time to show up in the Arizona State parking lot and be given an honorary degree in plumbing or something so you can still do something productive with your life!

    June 17, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. Dee Dee Lynn

    This is why McCain isn't the President. President Obama knows that probably the worst thing we could do (the US) is to be seen to be in any way involved in what is going on in Iran. In fact, this was on the verge of happening 7 or so years ago, but because the idiot President at the time decided to go and camp out in Iran's backyard, he killed the momentum. Obama struck the right tone. He clearly and unequivocally affirmed our commitment to democracy, but also made it clear that Iran must work this out for itself. Unlike Republicans, he does not believe that the US is the only truly sovereign nation, and therefore the only one with the real right to self-determine.

    June 17, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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