July 6th, 2008
03:05 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain campaign calls Obama's words into question

Sen. John McCain's campaign says Barack Obama has not been consistent on Iraq.

Sen. John McCain's campaign says Barack Obama has not been consistent on Iraq.

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain's campaign said Sunday that Barack Obama's remarks on Iraq "have left a significant question as to exactly what he intends."

"He has held almost every conceivable position in the course of his relatively brief career in the Senate," said Randy Scheunemann, McCain's foreign policy adviser.

Obama maintains his stance has not changed and said Saturday that "every single word" he says is closely measured.

McCain's campaign suggested Obama's views could be becoming more in line with McCain's Iraq policy.

"The position of [McCain's] campaign is that words do matter, and Sen. Obama's words have left a significant question as to exactly what he intends. If he is now joining Sen. McCain's position and saying that the need to maintain peace and stability in Iraq is a prerequisite before responsible withdrawal, which is Sen. McCain's position, we welcome his conversion to that position," Scheunemann said Sunday in a conference call with reporters.

The war over words started Thursday when Obama told reporters questioning his stance on Iraq that he will "continue to refine" his policies as warranted.

Obama denied any suggestion that he was shying away from his proposed 16-month phased withdrawal of all combat troops from Iraq, calling it "pure speculation" and adding that his "position has not changed."

National reporters and Republicans pounced on his comments. The Republican National Committee put out an e-mail statement saying that Obama was backing away from his position on withdrawal.

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soundoff (287 Responses)
  1. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    16 months was not a good line to sell. Changing positions will not help our country's economic strength. There is no room for second guessing. He has to be precise. No place for trial and error. The world relies on the US to come up with the answer. McCain will deliver what other Presidents couldn't in the Middle East. He's military and political career will allow him to do so. He doesn't need to have a "funny name".

    July 6, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |

    Look at McCain's picture. He is a mean spirited, cold hearted, hot headed, nasty old man. He showed no affection to Cindy – He doesn't even help her off HER plane. He is never with his children.

    McCain just wants to fight wars. He wants to leave our military in Iraq for 50 – 100 years. He knows nothing about the economy. He said so himself. He wants to reck our health care system. Joe Lieberman has to travel with him to correct him when he gives a speech. The Republican's made a terrible mistake making him their nominee.

    I was a Republican.

    July 6, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. Julie mn

    obama changes his tune in each and every 57 states, he lies while in oregon floating down the great lakes, thinking of his meeting with the president of Canada. while dreaming of his good friends, wright,meeks,ayres,auchi,odinga, and all his crooked dem partners,

    dem for McCain

    July 6, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. Gary

    That is right, Bradley from Colorado! We can't find " good dirt " on him, only the dirty stuff, Rezko, Ayers, Wright, verbal insults to fellow Americans " who cling to their Bibles and guns", and so on and on...

    July 6, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. Charles

    Remember that Hillary Clinton said McCain was more qualifed to be Commander and Chief than Obama. Furthermore, last week on Drudge, Harry Ried said that oil and coal are making Americans sick. Moreover, Obama said current gas prices are fine. Yet in 2006, democrates were elected as a majority in the house and senate because they promised lower gas prices which were $2.50 a gallon at that time.
    In regards to Iraq, most of the terrorists in that region are fighting in Iraq. Some may argue that Iraq is costing American lives which is true in any armed conflict. But merely driving your car on the freeway costs over 20,000 American lives each year.
    Lastly, Obama has said that he would debate McCain anytime and anywhere. After reflecting on his inexperience with a multitude of issues facing our country, he now has limited his debates with McCain to two.

    July 6, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  6. NW

    McCain's Campaign groups are just make up lies after lies no truthful words out of thei mouths. Sen. Obama never backs away from his stance on the troops withdrawal from Iraq. People remember that that's the main thing on his stance. He is still insist on withdrawing from Iraq no question about that. The big question is that, when will the McCain campaign stop attacking Sen. Barack Obama with their twisted and smear negative talks???? Answer this in a positive way we're tired of the old politics these people are still playing now a days.

    July 6, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  7. Meneka

    November history will be made. Thank you President Obama for giving a country back to the american people :-).

    July 6, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. bo

    what are you people talking about? we all knew thw day had to come when obama would back pedal – his position was he was going to pull all of the troops out according to the 16 month time table to force the iraqi's to deal with their own problems. anyone who knows anything knows that it wasn';t going to work that way – obama won't get us out of this war any quicker than mccain.

    i don't have a preference, but come on people, it won't kill you to admit that obama took his initial position to get primary votes and now he's being more realistic to get GE votes.

    and stop saying that mccain wants to be at war for 100 years. that's a blatant distortion of what he said. obama can't change anything; he's reliant on congress and no one person can change washington.

    July 6, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  9. VK

    It is ironic that Obama supporters decry the Bush/Cheney attack politics and yet call John Mccain abusive names all in the same sentence. Whatever your policy disagreements, how can you use such abusive language against someone who has sacrificed so much for his country.

    July 6, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  10. Glad to be an Independent

    As far as I can tell Obama has not changed his position that going to war with Iraq was the wrong policy and that we need to bring the troops home as soon as possible. The only change that I believe that Obama is saying is that the troops may have to brought home slower than he originally planned to do. You can not just bring troops out that is irresponsible because you could get them killed. If you bring them out too quickly and the situation in Iraq becomes total chaos, then many U.S. soldier would get killed. A good leader will their plan when situations change. I believe Obama is adjusting to the situation now .

    July 6, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  11. NW

    That's all you people know, attacking the other with your negative thoughts inside your mouth full of lies no one can stand your ways. Buried alive and get lost.

    July 6, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  12. Gary

    Eric from PA,

    He (Obama) is both. A typical pol not qualified for the job of President.
    Also Obama backers keep bringing up the same old tired charges of their man being above the fray when he was running against Hillary but now he is going to answer promptly any charge from MCCain, so much for keeping himself " clean" , second tired charge is that MCCain is going to keep troops in Iraq for a hundred years. Can these people read? They claim to be " highly educated", I suppose they mean they graduated from high school?


    July 6, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
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