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October 7, 2015

McCain Says Obama Is Worse Than Carter

“I thought Jimmy Carter was bad.”

That’s what Sen. John McCain said Tuesday, speaking about the Syria policy of President Barack Obama’s administration. The Arizona Republican went further, saying the Syria situation could ultimately pose a terrorist threat to the United States. McCain made his comments during a wide-ranging interview on the Phoenix radio station KFYI.

“If you don’t care about Syria, my dear listeners, if you don’t care about Syria, it’s becoming a regional conflict. It’s spread to Lebanon. It’s spread to Turkey. It’s spread to Jordan. It is spreading throughout the region, and sooner or later it will affect the United States of America if you allow a place to become a base for al-Qaida,” McCain said. “I have never seen anything like this in my life. I thought Jimmy Carter was bad, but he pales in comparison to this president in my view.”

“We now have thousands of fighters of this — radical, extremist, al-Qaida affiliated people pouring in from all over the world into Syria, fighting against our guys, who are the good guys and also not doing much fighting against Bashar Assad.”

McCain also criticized Secretary of State John Kerry for international negotiations involving Russia while that country continued to provide more traditional armaments to Assad’s forces.

“I’m telling you, this guy … is a monster,” McCain said about Assad. “The people who are giving him the weapons are the Russians, and our secretary of State is buddy buddy and palsy-walsy with … his buddy Sergey in places like Geneva and others.”

McCain was referring to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. He said the Syrians are “dropping things that look like cluster bombs. They’re crude cluster bombs out of helicopters which indiscriminately kill.”

McCain also referenced new reports of torture and killing by the regime of the Syrian president.

“It’s horrible. It’s horrible, 11,000 people tortured to death,” McCain said, adding that while visiting a refugee camp in Jordan, he met with among others, victims of Syrian gang-rapes.

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  1. Charles Freeman

    Jan. 21, 2014
    11:07 p.m.

    Too bad McCain doesn’t care about the people in America as much as he does in every other part of the world.

    • Layla

      Jan. 22, 2014
      12:45 p.m.

      I believe we might say the same about Obama. He clearly favors our enemies, hates his own country and is now blaming his shortcomings on racism.

      That’s not leadership in anybody’s view.

      • Charles Freeman

        Jan. 22, 2014
        12:59 p.m.

        Show facts, not regurgitated talking points where President Obama “favors our enemies” and “hates his own country.” Also, he didn’t “blame” anything on racism, he just pointed out what has been obvious since he first ran for president which is, a portion of the virulent, ongoing opposition to his policies in general and him in particular has been because of racism, both covert and overt.

        • rokkitman

          Jan. 22, 2014
          1:14 p.m.

          Don’t feed the trolls.

          • Charles Freeman

            Jan. 22, 2014
            2:08 p.m.

            I’m sure you mean well, but I really don’t want or need your advice. Thanks.

          • rokkitman

            Jan. 22, 2014
            2:12 p.m.

            OK, Charles. No problem. Let me know when you need me to kiss your ring.

        • Layla

          Jan. 22, 2014
          5:14 p.m.

          Regurgitated talking points??? This “King of Division” making excuses again. Which part am I a racist for disliking, the white half or the black half?

          This man has killed his own credibility much faster than any racist could and he’s doing a bang up job of it!

          • Charles Freeman

            Jan. 22, 2014
            5:28 p.m.

            So that’s a “No” on providing facts and not rhetoric?

          • dflowers

            Jan. 22, 2014
            5:53 p.m.

            Ah, it always comes down to race….again….still
            Even when it’s not!

          • papal

            Jan. 22, 2014
            9:35 p.m.

            Well, what kind of grades do you give the Affirmative Action Presidency.

        • gma14

          Jan. 22, 2014
          5:17 p.m.

          Obama doesn’t hate his own country–he hates America not Kenya!!

          • Charles Freeman

            Jan. 22, 2014
            5:27 p.m.

            Thanks for living down to expectations.

        • papal

          Jan. 22, 2014
          9:08 p.m.

          Well Charles, I take Obama from his words. “Fundemental Transformation”, If he liked the United States why would he want to change it? It seems to me Obama has done pretty well for himself in a country he now wants to change.

          • Charles Freeman

            Jan. 22, 2014
            9:11 p.m.

            Yeah, he wants to change it back to where more people can do “pretty well” unlike it became under Bush43 where just a few did. But hey, good try.

          • papal

            Jan. 22, 2014
            9:32 p.m.

            It can’t be “changed back”. That time is gone. We were a manufacturing country back then before all these trade agreements. We are a service economy now and nobody can change it back, not even Obama.

          • Charles Freeman

            Jan. 22, 2014
            9:34 p.m.

            Well, it needs to be changed so that more people can benefit and be a part of that “service economy.”

          • papal

            Jan. 22, 2014
            9:56 p.m.

            So Charles you just want change. That’s it, nothing else, just change. That is the same thing Obama promised, just change so you for one ought to very happy.

      • dflowers

        Jan. 22, 2014
        2:17 p.m.

        Compared to what? This is the least productive Congress in US History! The last time I checked loser McCain is part of that illustrative body.

        • Layla

          Jan. 22, 2014
          5:16 p.m.

          On that we agree…

  2. Sally

    Jan. 22, 2014
    1:07 a.m.

    Why do I not believe a word out of this warmonger’s mouth?

    • dectra

      Jan. 22, 2014
      8:18 a.m.

      Agreed, Sally.

      McCain has turned into a parody of himself; He dishonors his office with comments like the ones noted in this article and he’s too stupid to see that..

      • 1mrt1

        Jan. 22, 2014
        8:37 a.m.


    • Layla

      Jan. 22, 2014
      12:44 p.m.

      For the same reason Obama has lost all credibility….both are Progressive Fascists. You are paid to REPRESENT US, not RULE us.

  3. papacito9999

    Jan. 22, 2014
    2:27 a.m.

    This man should run for president of Syria if he’s so concerned.
    Also worth mentioning, if Obama’s worse than Carter yet crushed McCain, then what exactly does that make McCain? Worse than dogcrap maybe?

    • dflowers

      Jan. 22, 2014
      5:56 p.m.

      When the right have nothing left the comparison is always Carter. The list is much longer for inept Republicans so the Dem’s have a lot more choices.

  4. dectra

    Jan. 22, 2014
    8:17 a.m.

    McCain will forever be one of the WORST candidates for the President, simply on the fact he attempted to foist Sarah “Media Wh0re” Palin on the nation.

    • 1mrt1

      Jan. 22, 2014
      8:38 a.m.

      Really? Who pays you? Someone must as your comments are so exceptional!

      • BJ DH

        Jan. 25, 2014
        1:10 p.m.

        You are totally right because Palin totally had what it took to be a vice president of this country. I mean can you imagine her foreign policy capacity, especially in the country of africa… She would have been a real top notch choice to lead this country on the right track…

    • papal

      Jan. 22, 2014
      9 p.m.

      I didn’t care for McCain but I sure like Palin, I call her the “babe”.

  5. ralph_indianapolis

    Jan. 22, 2014
    8:39 a.m.

    Ah yes. The old GOP BS about how the Democratic President now is worst then the previous ones that we trashed.

    • Layla

      Jan. 22, 2014
      12:42 p.m.

      Except it isn’t “BS”.

  6. YANKEE57

    Jan. 22, 2014
    12:28 p.m.

    Well, at least , He Didn’t Say ” Millard Fillmore ” !

  7. rokkitman

    Jan. 22, 2014
    1:11 p.m.

    Crybaby John McCain enters his 6th year of Sore Loserhood, Get over it.

    • dflowers

      Jan. 22, 2014
      2:16 p.m.

      Can anyone who picked Sarah Palin as VP ever be trusted for cogent comments on anything!

  8. Ray Cefola

    Jan. 22, 2014
    2:14 p.m.

    Mr. McCain suffers two disorders.
    The first is Selective Amnesia; faulting Mr. Obama for failure in Syria while forgetting about the fiasco called Iraq.
    The other ailment is TBS (Teflon Brain Syndrome) which prevents any facts
    about an issue from sticking.
    I’m just sayin’

  9. FoxIsForRetards

    Jan. 22, 2014
    2:22 p.m.

    Crazy McCrash will die of old age very soon!

  10. gma14

    Jan. 22, 2014
    5:15 p.m.

    How would he know that!! He is worse than either of them thought about being. At least they admitted to being Democrats!!

  11. papal

    Jan. 22, 2014
    8:58 p.m.

    It took McCain over five years of the “Lying KIng’s” tenure to figure that out.

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    Jan. 23, 2014
    11:17 a.m.

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  13. manesandtails1

    Jan. 23, 2014
    4:47 p.m.

    I am surprised that John McCain would say such a negative thing about both Presidents Obama and Carter. Both inherited nightmares from their GOP predecessors!!

  14. RicRivera

    Jan. 23, 2014
    5:29 p.m.

    McCain, try to get an old newspaper – you LOST the election. You CHOSE Palin for your VP. You have ruined your reputation with your intemperate and nonsensical comments. Lost! as in L O S T!

  15. Michael Robinson

    Jan. 23, 2014
    7:04 p.m.

    The Admiral needs to retire. If McCain had his way we would be in a constant state of war. If he wants to go to war then he needs to step up and do it. We have been at war for 11 years, lost at least 6,000 young Americans, spent trillions of dollars on people who hate us. Losses that DID NOT HAVE TO BE. Iraq was a Bush debacle that will haunt us for decades and McCain was cheering all of the way.

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    Jan. 24, 2014
    6:58 p.m.

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    Jan. 25, 2014
    8:22 a.m.

    actually, he might be the worst FORMER candidate for President..most use their time after they lose to be healers, to bring people try and advance causes that they care about in a bi partisan way..

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