July 6th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
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Sunday Roundup: Candidates on Iraq dominates talk shows


(CNN) - A roundup of quotes from the Sunday political talk shows, as compiled by the CNN Wire:

On the candidates' Iraq strategies:

"I think what's significant about what's happened in the last week - frankly, in the last month, since Senator Obama clinched the nomination - is how many big positions - Iraq, Iran, free trade, the death penalty - that Senator Obama has ... altered his position on.

"On Iraq, John McCain has been right and consistent, and Senator Obama has been wrong."

–Sen. Joe Lieberman, Independent from Connecticut, on ABC's "This Week"

"The Republicans, and John McCain specifically, are trying desperately to get away from the reality of John McCain's position, which is that he has a plan for staying in Iraq and Barack Obama has a plan for getting out of Iraq... (Obama's position) is no change whatsoever in his fundamental determination to end the war."

–Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, on CBS' "Face the Nation"

"We're winning because John McCain understood Iraq better than anybody else. The surge has worked. The political, economic and military progress in Iraq is undeniable... The only way we can lose this war now is to go down the road that Obama suggests."

–Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, on "Face the Nation"

"I think Senator McCain has not been consistently right. He's been fundamentally wrong on the strategy."

–Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, on "This Week"

Bob Barr, on his presidential candidacy as a Libertarian:

"The nanny state is right up there behind you. It's Capitol Hill. It's the White House. It's all these federal buildings around here that are adding trillions of dollars over the years to the cost of doing business, the cost of educating children, the cost of traveling in this country. It is a federal government that has become so big that it has stifled individual liberty and freedom in this country. And Americans realize that."

–on ABC's "This Week,"

soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Barack Obama IS Our 44th president!

    The one and only area that McCain thought he had the upper hand on is Iraq, but thanks to brave people like Gen. Wesley Clark, the truth about McCain's judgment has been made crystal clear.

    • Senator McCain's service and experience, both as a POW and as a Senator apparently hasn't infused him with a dose of good judgment.

    • Senator McCain's experience hasn't led him to realize that the war in Iraq and it's continuance has empowered and emboldened Iran, and destabilized the region.

    • Senator McCain's experience hasn't caused him to recognize that we're losing ground in Afghanistan, and Osama bin Laden is still out there, plotting.

    • Senator McCain's experience didn't lead him to support the 21st Century GI Bill - he opposed it. It didn't even make him feel the need to get back to Washington to vote on this - one of the most important veterans' bills this Congress. He twice skipped votes on the GI Bill, to fundraise.

    • Senator McCain's experience didn't help him empathize with troops are overstretched and overdeployed, when he voted against the bipartisan Webb-Hagel "Dwell Time Amendment," which would have given troops as much time at home as in the field.

    McCain aka McSame aka war-monger has no strong legs to sufficiently stand on to win him the election. He is a very weak candidate for Obama to defeat.

    He is so out-of-touch that he doesn't understand that it's the economy, stupid. 93% of voters say the economy is "extremely" or "very" important to their vote for president this November. McCain doesn't know much about the economy and therefore doesn't have any significant plans to improve it. He has essentially embraced Bush's failed policies. His cover-up for his incompetent is to try to consistently keep conversation on the war.

    It's time for REAL change in Washington, it's time to elect Barack Obama for president !

    July 6, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. Peter E

    Obama doesn't plan to end the war. He won't bring all our troops home. He plans to use the fight against terrorists to keep doing what we're already doing. Read it on his own website!

    July 6, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    so Barr would rather not have education for the American children? We are already behind the 8 ball in that area and it sounds like he would spend less money on education?

    July 6, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. Terry Henderson

    TTodays news would have been defferant if Hillary Clinton had won the nomanation to run as our prisident. I just have the bad fellings that the democratic party is going to regreat not nomanating her as the runing mate against McKane.

    July 6, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  5. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Is getting out of Iraq going to involve fatalities? Yes
    Is staying in Iraq going cause more fatalities? Yes
    America should REPLOY to the Iran/Iraq border and withdraw from that there.
    They should leave troops, not IN Iraq, but along the border.
    As a matter of fact, beefed up borders in many locations, World wide, would reduce 'problems'.

    July 6, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. Franky

    "We need to elect independents as senator in the fall and slowly build up third party – Peoples Party. Enough of this change business and yes we can. Its only a dream to be sold to the ignorant youth half of whom dont know who their state senator or congressman is?"

    You know what? Say that to my face!! I dare you! And Independents??? No offense but get a life!!!

    July 6, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. Franky

    Look at that!! Gas has been going up since who knows, people are still struggling and we're talking about Iraq?? This is like watching a football game but later on you admit that you don't really care about the game because you wanted to wacth the baseball game. I mean, what the heck is that?? LOL!!!

    July 6, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. Franky

    I gotta say guys, that's pretty funny! I surprise myself. I gotta say, I should be a writer, LOL!!!

    Don't worry guys, I'm just gonna chill today...

    Just bring it guys(CNN)!! Bring whatever you got...

    July 6, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. The Independent One

    Take it from an AZ man, McCain doesn't give a rip about our economy!

    July 6, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. Pat, CA

    Obama's flip-flopping on Iraq is going to cost him the election.

    July 6, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. just say no 2 obambi

    Obambi has no idea what he is talking about, what a snake oil salesman he is.

    July 6, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. Monica, Texas

    How can McCain begin to try and redefine Obama when he hasn't "defined" himself yet..Still after all these months on the trail I still do not understand what his message is about...

    July 6, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. Kim

    The supposed big deal with McBush is his 'experience' I remember a few years ago a popular push was under way to vote out of office, all politicians who were 'experienced' at screwing Americans and fattening thier own wallets, and voting in new untainted candidates. It was and is a good idea. When it comes to Washington politicians, Experience Sucks!

    July 6, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  14. Larry in texas

    I personally have always found it inappropriate to judge the Iraq invasion primarily on whether i was "working" or not. I've always felt it was the wrong thing to do..and even when things were not going well, I thought it was wrong to conclude that it was the wrong decision, based merely how thye conflict was playing out. Rather it ws wrong because there was no justificationto commit American blood and treasure to overthrow a soverign govenment simply because you didn't like their leader. If the Iraqui people longed for a different government, it was up to them to make the human sacrifices necessary to do this....not an outside power, who had their own agenda,.

    July 6, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. rachel

    Me thinks obama better give another speech claryfing his clarification. I mean thats all we need is another speech and this will all go away. I mean and when obama finds out people keep saying all he does is make speeches he will make a speech about speeches. He gave another speech at another church and then I swear when he stops does the pause and tilts his head its like its the signal to clap or something. I am waiting on a debate between him and mccain where I can see how they each argue their points verbally against each other without supporters who will clap at anything.

    July 6, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. Miguel

    Obama has always been consistent on the fact that he was willing to modify his withdrawal strategy based on what was happening on the ground. If you watch the Democratic primary debates with Clinton and Obama, that would be evident. Why did the Clinton Campaign didn't make that an issue? Why did the media didn't make that an issue then? Because it never was an issue.

    But the conservative media and Karl Rove, Bush's strategist, are now trying to paint him as a flip flopper because that's the only strategy he knows, and they're looking ridiculous in the process as mcflip flop is the real flip flopper who is caving to everything the conservative base wants him to do.

    July 6, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  17. Brian

    Apparently Lieberman doesn't realize that he's not running for president... Every day we hear about how this guy is being funded by our tax dollars to do NOTHING but whine and moan about how our next president is aligned with the American people's views about how horrible and stupid this war has been.

    July 6, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. gary


    July 6, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  19. cricket

    Refine....To change or remove ( The World Book Dictionary )
    Isn't that what Barack Obama has been saying for the last 18 months ?
    McCain is running his campaign just like Hillary Clinton tried to. Keep Obama making apologies for something stupid someone else said, so he isn't on message. John Kerry and Wesley Clark question John McCain's qualifications for president. So do I. OBAMA'08

    July 6, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  20. smile!

    vig-ot misspelled but means the same

    we´ve got 5 down and 95 to go....that´s years in IRAQ for mc cheek

    he is really stuck in the VIETNAM era and the conflicts we are facing now have nothing to do with VIETNAM

    boy, was Gen Clark so right about mc cheek, no more comment.

    July 6, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  21. Ralph

    McCain has made a mountian out of a molehill. Obama only stated that he may change how he may pull the troops out in 16 months. He said nothing about backing away from the timetable.

    July 6, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  22. fedup - TX

    We need to end this war Amercia is hurting right here and now!

    Too many brave men and women are fighting an endless doom of disaster. I continue to pray for them.

    Our country is hurting economically, I know John Mccain doesn't get that concept. He continues on the idea we will not leave until the war is won but, has yet to define it.
    When they claim all is well with the surge, then we are still staying loosing more of our soldiers through self bombs.............

    July 6, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
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