WASHINGTON--Previewing a general election race, GOP White House hopeful Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) went after Democratic presidential front-runners Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) by name on Friday for voting against an Iraq war funding bill.
"I was very disappointed to see Senator Obama and Senator Clinton embrace the policy of surrender by voting against funds to support our brave men and women fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan," McCain said in a statement.
In reply to criticism over the no vote from McCain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, also in the GOP primary, Obama said in a statement, "Governor Romney and Senator McCain are still supporting a war that has
cost us thousands of lives, made us less safe in the world, and resulted in a resurgence of al-Qaeda.''
Obama and Clinton were under pressure from the anti-war left--a potential critical component in a Democratic primary--to vote against the spending bill. McCain did not bother to mention Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Ct.) who is also in the Democratic 2008 primary and voted no. Rival former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) said he would have voted no. Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), also making a bid, voted yes.
McCain also did not note one of his rivals--Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Ks.), who stayed on the fence--he simply did not vote on the measure when it came up on Thursday night. Fence-sitters face tough times in primaries where activists want to know where candidates stand.
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN
For Immediate Release
Contact: Press Office
Friday, May 25, 2007
ARLINGTON, VA - This morning, U.S. Senator John McCain issued the following statement on Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senator Barack Obama's votes against emergency funding for our troops in harm's way in Iraq and Afghanistan:
"I was very disappointed to see Senator Obama and Senator Clinton embrace the policy of surrender by voting against funds to support our brave men and women fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"This vote may win favor with MoveOn and liberal primary voters, but it's the equivalent of waving a white flag to al Qaeda."
Obama Response to McCain and Romney Chicago, IL-- Senator Barack Obama
released the following statement today in response to statements made by
Senator John McCain and Governor Mitt Romney on last night’s vote.
“This country is united in our support for our troops, but we also owe
them a plan to relieve them of the burden of policing someone else’s
civil war. Governor Romney and Senator McCain clearly believe the course
we are on in Iraq is working, butI do not. “And if there ever was a
reflection of that it's the fact that Senator McCain required a flack
jacket, ten armored Humvees, two Apache attack helicopters, and 100
soldiers with rifles by his side to stroll through a market in Baghdad
just a few weeks ago. “Governor Romney and Senator McCain are still
supporting a war that has cost us thousands of lives, made us less safe in
the world, and resulted in a resurgence of al-Qaeda. It is time to end this
war so that we can redeploy our forces to focus on the terrorists who
attacked us on 9/11 and all those who plan to do us harm