WASHINGTON (CNN) - Arizona Sen. John McCain received loud applause from the audience for saying that the United States needs to succeed in the war in Iraq.
He criticized Sen. Hillary Clinton for describing the conflict in Iraq as President Bush's war.
"What Sen. Clinton doesn't understand is that presidents don't lose wars," McCain said. "Political parties don't lose wars. Nations lose wars and nations have the consequences of failure. We must succeed in this conflict."
When asked what he would do if the commander of forces in Iraq said the new strategy and troop surge in Iraq weren't working, McCain said he'd be willing to look at the options.
But, he said, succeeding in Iraq is the United States best option. He said to fail would turn Iraq into a base for al Qaeda, lead to genocide in Baghdad and the destabilization of Jordan.
"All of the options I could run through with you," McCain said. "My friend, none of them are good. That's why we must succeed and give it a chance to succeed."
–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich