November 19th, 2007
10:04 AM ET
11 years ago

McCain to spend Thanksgiving in Iraq

The Thanksgiving visit will be McCain's seventh trip to Iraq.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Chief National Correspondent John King reports Republican presidential candidate John McCain will go to Iraq to have Thanksgiving dinner with U.S. troops. A McCain adviser said the Arizona Senator would be part of a small Congressional delegation. No details of the visit are being disclosed for security reasons.

This would be his seventh trip to Iraq. He last visited troops over the 4th of July holiday.

Filed under: Iraq • John McCain
soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. RJ, AZ

    Sure would be nice if we saw our senator once in awhile...he is still our senator, right?

    November 19, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Steve in SC

    Joe in Boston,

    I appreciate your comments. I am expressing frustration that folks always believe the worst. I am not saying Democrats have never supported the troops because that is not true. I appreciate anyone who gives of their time to visit our troops in a war zone. Our guys and ladies in uniform need to know that our leaders care for them and ONE way to show it is to go where they are. I don't have a problem with pictures being taken. I just do not want it to turn into a political rally because that would disrepect those who lean toward another party. Hand shakes and an opportunity to ask questions of a leading Senator is something that doesn't happen everyday! The troops would appreciate the gesture! I do appreciate your comments.

    November 19, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. Daniel

    This Iraq thing isn't helping you sir.

    You're obviously not very smart.

    Hillary has my vote!

    November 19, 2007 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. Jose Card

    Senator McCain is one politician that goes to Iraq, not for political gains, but truly for the troops. He remembers his days in uniform and he feels for the troops and their families around holidays. He can return to Arizona any other time as some complained here.

    We should not forget those men and women risking their lives so we can complain here freely. There are Democrats, Republicans and Independents in our military. If we don't have the guts to join the service, let's not divide them on the sidelines.

    Safe trip to Senator McCain!

    November 20, 2007 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  5. Mark Campbell USN Ret., Pelham, Al.

    As a Desert Storm Veteran and a 20 year career Vet. in the US Navy, I would be honored to have had anyone visit while overseas, especailly someone who I know appreciates what I do, has done his duty, and is not there for a photo op as some have suggested. As far as integrity goes being a Navy Grad. puts him above the Harvard and Yale educated lawyers that are running. The only other one not corrupted from his education would be Huckabee, a minister. I know McCain cares about the Troops more than all the dems. do together. To the 29 year vet, I know from my 20 years I got better pay raises from the 2 Republican Administrations than the 2 Deomcratic Admionistrations during my service. Also from what friends of mine have experienced from the V.A. the dems. have not made any improvements but to give more money for civil servants who do administration in the hospital but nothing to improve the ease and quality of care for those disabled vets.

    November 20, 2007 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  6. Michael, Orlando FL

    Steve of Birmingham, AL

    Wow, You really are a smart guy. You have the audacity to claim that I do not know what the military families are going through. How dare you!! You can push your anti-Bush, anti-war agenda any way you want, but don't presume that after 22 years of service, that I don't understand the impact of repeated deployments have on the men and women who proudly serve, and their families that proudly serve at home. That was an arrogant and baseless comment. Have a nice day sir.

    November 20, 2007 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  7. christian, selden, ny

    Mark Campbell USN Ret., Pelham, Al

    and you just signed on to let everyone know how much the republicans care about the people. and all that catering to big business is just nasty rumors right?? suuuuuuuuuuuuure

    November 20, 2007 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. christian, selden, ny

    look i dont care if it was democrats or republicans if any of them right now went to eat thanksgiving dinner with the troops i would think they were doing it for photo ops and i would look at it as slimy. THESE ARE POLITICIANS these people are in the business of gaining power! its all for show. you have to apease the people of a democracy to get the vote. so you have to do things they will look at as likable. this is a game!!! and anyone saying mccain is just being nice is a fool and doesnt know how business works.

    November 20, 2007 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Gary, Boston MA

    Taxpayers will be paying extra for McCain's high level of security while in Iraq. Thank you McCain. Bet your wallet he won't be walking around without security in the green zone, or a marine division surrounding him in the red zone.. which by the way is the rest of Iraq.

    November 21, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Charlie, Atl. GA

    I would think what he was doing was more honorable if he and his buddies were paying for it and not the American tax payers.

    I agree with those that stated the troops need time to relax (if that is even possible).

    If he wants to work or volunteer on Thanksgiving, use it to convince Bush to the pass the bill to have our troops back home by this time next year.

    And why is this honorable of him this day and not the six other times, did he accomplish anything? Did he accomplish anything ( along with his "buddies") when they took their wives along to their so called business meetings in other countries at which we paid for as well as the touring.

    The troops would probably enjoy the USO shows more.

    November 21, 2007 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  11. Jared Hot Springs, AR

    McCain is doing a good thing spending time in Iraq over Thanksgiving, he is a vertern in another difficult war who can understand what these troops are going through. This is not campaigning, this is public service.

    What is wrong with this country when a dedicated public servent, who has serving our country in so many ways for the past 50 years, gets critizied for doing a good thing by spending time with our troops in Iraq.

    Those who say that they are going to have to beef up security while he's over there, he's going to be in a military base the whole time.. there are already troops there.

    November 22, 2007 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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