Kerry Attacks McCain for Obama

After a round of spirited exchanges over the economy, the Obama campaign this morning attacked John McCain’s perceived strength by questioning his understanding of foreign policy.

On a conference call this morning, John Kerry and other Obama supporters used McCain’s remarks on Good Morning America about the importance (or lack thereof) of American troops coming home from Iraq to assert that the Arizona senator is ignorant of foreign policy and the situation in Iraq. Picking up on McCain’s remark that he doesn’t understand much about the economy, Kerry said, "He also doesn’t seem to know a lot about foreign policy and Iraq itself."

Pointing out that McCain confused Sunnis and Shiites during a press conference abroad, Kerry said, "The job of commander in chief is to understand the fundamentals of a conflict of which you are engaged."

The McCain campaign responded with the following statement to reporters from spokesman Tucker Bounds:


"The Obama campaign is embarking on a false attack on John McCain to hide their own candidate’s willingness to disregard facts on the ground in pursuit of withdrawal no matter what the costs. John McCain was asked if he had a ‘better estimate’ for a timeline for withdrawal. As John McCain has always said, that is not as important as conditions on the ground and the recommendations of commanders in the field. Any reasonable person who reads the full transcript would see this and reject the Obama campaign’s attempt to manipulate, twist and distort the truth.”

  Kerry Attacks McCain for Obama