March 26th, 2008
02:05 PM ET
6 years ago

Blitzer: McCain speech parts ways with some Bush policy

McCain parted ways with President Bush on two foreign policy issues in his speech Wednesday.
McCain parted ways with President Bush on two foreign policy issues in his speech Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Senator John McCain strongly defended President Bush’s strategies in Iraq and the war on terror Wednesday, and sharply rebuked his critics - but he clearly deviated from the president’s national security policy on two major issues.

Speaking before the World Affairs Council in Los Angeles, he rejected the president’s determination to keep the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba open. He also said it was time to negotiate a new global warming treaty.

“We can’t torture or treat inhumanely suspected terrorists we have captured,” he said. “I believe we should close Guantanamo and work with our allies to forge a new international understanding on the disposition of dangerous detainees under our control.”

On global warming and the international treaty that President Bush abandoned after taking office, McCain said: “There is such a thing as international good citizenship.” He added: “We need a successor to the Kyoto Treaty, a cap-and-trade system that delivers the necessary environmental impact in an economically responsible manner.”

But on Iraq, the senator remained firm to the president’s approach. “It would be an unconscionable act of betrayal, a stain on our character as a great nation, if we were to walk away from the Iraqi people and consign them to the horrendous violence, ethnic cleansing, and possibly genocide that would follow a reckless, irresponsible, and premature withdrawal,” he said.

The biting criticism of his two Democratic presidential challengers was hovering over those remarks – as well as several other passages in his speech - even though he didn’t mention either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama by name.

Related: Watch Bill Schneider's analysis of McCain's foreign policy speech

–CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

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  1. Austin, Texas

    And people wonder why Hillary Supporters support McCain over Obama. It's because McCain is a moderate Republican, and Hillary is a moderate Democrat.

    Obama is far far left wing. He can't even reach the moderate Democrats much less across the aisle to the Republicans. How can a man so liberal say he is a Uniter... I lol'd

    March 26, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. Armando Marroquin, Jr.

    As you well know Ralph Nader presently has a 6% share of voters throughout the country without money, and media exposure. Don't you feel that dis-satisfied Republicans and Democrats might support the Nader campaign once the media demonstrates to Americans across the nation that they will cover an Independent as well as a Democrat and/or Reblublican with equal exposure?

    March 26, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  3. santy

    many billary campaigne in this blog just pretending somebody else..really slick

    March 26, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. J. Forbes, Texas Independent

    McCain is the best leader for the United States of America!

    March 26, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  5. Tracey

    If Obama is toast, then there is a typical 'White American" when it comes to race. And, there is probably no hope for America. Because, if you are against Obama due to Rev. Wright’s comments with out research, then your mind is racially set. Get the full sermon it enlightens, it encourages, and it tells the truth. To all you Christians the truth will make you free, and I Love you ALL

    March 26, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. xtina

    McCain won't please the die-hard Republicans; I figure he will be 65 to 70 percent conservative; but most Republicans will still turn out for him.

    March 26, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  7. Juan Grain

    We have created a monster of co-dependancy with this war. the best way for us to help them is to leave them. When that becomes a reality to the players involved then they will pull up their boot straps and make the changes needed to survive the withdrwal of US forces.

    March 26, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  8. David in KC

    The fact that the Party of God (GOP) has moved so far Left with McCain as their nominee we can all rejoice in the obvious defeat of the neocons and the religious right in this country. Finally.

    March 26, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  9. kathleen "a typical white person" for OBAMA/EDWARDS 2008

    Look, Mr. McCain, we all know who your boss is and will always
    remain thru party lines.

    You cannot be against Bush, you fool. You have to follow his orders!

    March 26, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  10. kathleen

    Look, Mr. McCain, we all know who your boss is.

    You wouldn't be saying all this without HIS approval.

    March 26, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  11. kathleen

    You cannot part from Bush. He is part of who you are, Mr. McCain.
    Say what you will, Americans will never believe that. Obama will win.

    March 26, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  12. Rush Goebbels

    Spoken like a true dementia struck ditto head.

    March 26, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. Jackie

    Why is everyone forgetting that we also have the right to write in for our candidate? If Hillary does pull off some kind of miracle then I will simply write in and place my vote for Obama.

    I have two daughters both near age 40. And, neither of them have ever had the opportunity to go to the booth and place a vote without a Bush or a Clinton being on the ticket.

    I know this comment will probably simply sit in moderation as I am an Obama supporter.

    But, truly Hillary you represent the past and the old Washington. The majority of voting Americans have made it very clear that we want change. And, Obama is the only way we will get it.

    Voting for Hillary will simply be voting for politics as usual in Washington.

    March 26, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. Grif

    You can't be any kind of a Super Power, without paying the

    Ultimate Sacrifice. The loss of some of you're oung folk..

    Better than living in Tibet... Where you have nothing stable...?

    March 26, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  15. kelly WI

    Stop it. you know a presense in a country is not a WAR.
    Are you being stupid on purpose.? I haven't seen much Warring going on in Japan, Germany, and a 100 other places even tho we are STILL there.
    OPen your ears once in awhile.
    No Hillary. NO Obama. No more liberal socialist failed policies.
    New numbers. Hillarys negatives going up more.
    Go McCain.

    March 26, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  16. let the people choose!!!!!!!!

    YOU MEAN TO TELL ME WE COULD POSSIBLY HAVE FOUR MORE YEARS OF THIS!! WE ALREADY HAVE A PRESIDENT THAT PEOPLE ONLY WATCH JUST FOR LAUGHS!

    McCAIN IS ANOTHER IDIOT!! TO THE FIFTH POWER!, BUT OH WELL I GUESS WE'RE IN FOR MORE LAUGHS IF HILLARY COMES UP WITH MORE DIRTY POLITICS AND WINS THIS NOMINATION!

    GET YOURSELF PREPARED FOR IT: COME NEXT YEAR BUY YOURSELF A FOUR YEARS SUPPLY OF POP CORN, A COMFORTABLE SITTING CHAIR ONE WITH A FOOTREST TO PUT YOUR FEET UP AND GET READY FOR A LOT OF BELLY LAUGHS!

    March 26, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
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