McCain recants accusation that Obama is ‘directly responsible’ for Orlando

by Stephen Dinan  |  published on June 17, 2016

Sen. John McCain told reporters Thursday that President Obama’s Iraq policies were “directly responsible” for this weekend’s terror-inspired shooting rampage in Orlando — then recanted hours later.

“I misspoke,” Mr. McCain said in a statement issued by his office. “I did not mean to imply that the president was personally responsible. I was referring to President Obama’s national security decisions, not the president himself.”

Earlier, speaking in the halls of the Senate, Mr. McCain said Mr. Obama bore responsibility because of his foreign policy toward the Islamic State, also known by the acronym ISIS.

“Barack Obama is directly responsible for it, because when he pulled everybody out of Iraq, al Qaeda went to Syria, became ISIS, and ISIS is what it is today thanks to Barack Obama’s failures,” the Arizona Republican said, according to The Washington Post.

  • Jimmee41

    That is what Rhino’s do…blow their faces off and then recant…not so me. O is at the bottom of EVERY LOUSY PROBLEM THIS COUNTRY FACES. HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL OR OUR WOES INCLUDING ORLANDO.!!!!

  • onefour

    Yes, Obama is responsible. He was the one that halted the department that was responsible for doing background checks on hundreds of suspected terrorist that are in this country or working from other countries to those within ours and Europe. McCain is cowardly for not sticking to is guns

  • The Redhawk

    What we have HERE is Pure Political BULL CRAP… all talk, NO action, PC run amok, a DOJ gone Rogue over Transgender “johns”,No communications again beteween intelligence agencies, open borders to terrorists , a Pretend Potus with his head stuck up his Colon, a Progressive candidate for cic being responsible for JIHAD radaicalized Terrorists spreading world wide and WHORES elected to office!!!

  • disqus_BAvz0LV7zw

    Mr. Obama is rapidly transporting millions of illegal Muslims into the US, and now preparing to issue them 1 million green cards. He is really transforming the US into Islam, his religion of peace.

  • disqus_BAvz0LV7zw

    McCain must be careful of what he says, If he does not want to stand firm. He says one thing and later on withdraw it. That diminishes his credibility. It is important to stand for issues but you must hold firm to it.

  • wiseone2

    Even the disillusioned creatures on the “View” got it right EXCEPT it was traitorous Barry Hussein Obama–NOT Donald Trump!

  • jdp

    jdp…a lot of people feel he is responsible due to the way he acts towards Americans.

  • eddie

    mc cain retire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…………………………….. : (

  • metheoldsarge

    I don’t think McCain has developed some backbone. I think he is worried about being defeated by Republican challenger Kelly Ward in the Arizona State Primary. We first heard that Republican businessman Paul Nehlem is challenging RINO Ryan in the Wisconsin State Primary. Democrat Tim Canova is challenging Schultz in the Florida State Primary. Music to my ears. I hope this really catches on and more deadbeat politicians can get sent to forced retirement before the General Election.

    Why wait until November and sacrifice party loyalty? This is the voting alternative I have been talking about. It is called State Primaries. Most states have a separate primary for Presidential candidates and another for all the others. Those are called State Primaries. Most states will have theirs starting in July. Join political groups or organizations that can work to seek out and encourage new people to run against the incumbents in the primaries. Then you can vote to help get that incumbent out of the general election. That is how Arlen Spector and Tom Foley lost their seats.

  • Phil Esposito

    No McCain you didn’t mis-speak. He is directly responsible for what these people he let into the country do. This is what he wants total chaos.

  • Not_Easily_Impressed

    One of the RINOs with a defective spine?

  • The Redhawk

    wELL done JOHN…..Now get the rest of the RINOS to discover their GONADS and take BARACKY on FULL blast!!!!
    RGE PU$$Y idiot Potus has got to be put in a EGO/Denial/Lying recovery padded room…

  • justinwachin

    The McCain statement is a stretch. The terrorist in this case appears to have been an ISIS sympathizer rather than an actual ISIS member.

    • Jimmee41

      Ohhh…I wonder where the inspiration came from??? It is not a stretch to blame O for Orlando and San Bernardino and every other terrorist attack!!!!

  • Climax

    McCain may have been good at one time but his time is over and he should seriously think about retirement, kicking back and enjoying the rest of his own life and stop screwing up everyone else’s.
    I am sure that an Obama call, or a call from his terrorist team, or a message of some sort reached McCain to recant or else as well, but as a true Patriot he should not have backed down. McCain lost his spine and again, should retire with some grace.

  • SDofAZ

    BO is responsible. Tired of the rino PC crapola. McCain as usual is a BIG DISAPPOINTMENT! Vote Ward in AZ. Never ever McCain again for anything. He is a rino establishment guy.

    • metheoldsarge

      Spot on. State primaries offer a voting alternative without sacrificing party loyalty in the General Election. I would love to see that really catch on.

  • Larry

    Another bows to the PC police, I can and will say what I wish as I have a God given right to tell the truth and fight against sanctioning my thoughts. Another bow down to PC.

  • Anouk

    Come on McCain, you were right the first time when you said this president was responsible for the terrorist attacks, don’t lower yourself in trying to change your statement.

    • wiseone2

      McCain’s ALWAYS been a political “adulterer”, lying in the bedsheets of the Demoncratic Party & NWO globalists. I honestly believe that Jekyll/Hyde brain was the result of an “old war wound” when he was tortured. He is just a fair weather patriot, feeling the breeze from his wet finger, watching where the political winds blows!

  • bert shaw

    Just another spineless RINO

  • charlie

    We just seen what a real RINO is. Don’t say anything about the Obamy that
    may be the truth. If you do you will not get all that under the table support
    for my re-election.

    Yes Obamy is responsible with all his regulations on not targeting

  • Wolfman

    To paraphrase Donald Trump ,I prefer my “heroes” to actually demonstrate that they have some guts. For a so called Patriot…he sure is afraid to be Patriotic . He says the right thing then retraces his steps ( I have never misspoken in my life; I either outright lied; told a white lie; or spoke real clear).When it comes to where I stand and what I mean…I’m real clear.
    In order to hopefully clarify what McFly meant by ‘misspoke’, I presume he meant he spoke rashly….which basically means he’s just a bulls#itter. Boy! That’s a whole lot better than being an honest person that speaks their mind!!!

  • Sue Lenhart

    So what is the difference??? Mr. Obama is the head of his administration, so those “decisions” were spearheaded by him. Yes, Mr. Obama IS directly responsible. Mr. McCain, be a man or retire and go home.

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