July 22nd, 2008
12:07 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain camp hammers Obama press conference


Watch McCain slam Obama on Iraq.

(CNN) - After Barack Obama spoke out against the surge again Tuesday, John McCain's campaign responded by repeating athe charge that the Illinois senator favors “unconditional withdrawal.”

Earlier: Obama: Stability in hands of Iraqis

“By continuing his opposition to the surge strategy long after it has proven successful and by admitting that his plan for withdrawal places him at odds with General David Patraeus, Barack Obama has made clear that his goal remains unconditional withdrawal rather than securing the victory our troops have earned and the surge has made possible," McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said.

The McCain campaign is also conducting a conference call with Rep. Heather Wilson, Sen. Sam Brownback, and McCain adviser Randy Scheunemann to keep up the pressure on Obama.

Listen: McCain surrogates target Obama over his Iraq policy

UPDATE: McCain himself also took a swipe at Obama over his Iraq policy at a New Hampshire town hall Tuesday.

"You might recall that Senator Obama, my opponent, said the surge would not succeed, that he wanted us out. If he had his way, we'd been out last March. .. We would have had defeat," he said. "And my friends, that would have been a catastrophe for the United States of America. He was wrong then, he's wrong now and he still failed to acknowledge that the surge succeeded ... remarkable, remarkable. "

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soundoff (275 Responses)
  1. Moses, Ca.

    McCain can't do any wrong. the media is so busy waiting for Obama to make a gaffe overseas that Mcbush can say and do anything he wants, even if it's wrong. No media takes McBush to task. McBush can say the sky is green and the media will show Obama riding a bike or going to the gym. Unreal.

    July 22, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. disgraced American

    Who cares what Mcain or the babbling idiots who speak for him have to say. Before trying to give talking points on a surge, which even an idiot should now know isn't the only reason for (TENTATIVE) success in Iraq, Mccain needs to learn how to write coherent thoughts before offering any form of rhetoric. When I was younger, I always heard the phrase 'peace to the Middle East,' a popular catch phrase used in the early 90s. Unfortunately, the US presence in the middle east has done little next to nothing to try and make that peace a reality.

    July 22, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. AntiBrenda

    Loud cries from losers. Put Obama at odds with General David Patraeus? Really looked like it in the chopper didn't it? Some of these guys cant wait to finally work with a reasonable president. They are sick and tired but stay mute because..... If they could tell you, you would know how much they hate war and war-mongers like McSame.

    July 22, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. James in Ohio

    Sheesh, you Obama congregants sound just like the Bushies. Both so completely obsessed with their leader that they can't admit he is human and can be wrong.

    With supporters like these I can easily see that Obama would be a Bush 3rd term.

    It's okay to say Obama was wrong about the surge.

    July 22, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Phil, FL

    NEWS RELEASE – McCain has learned their are two countries now – Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

    Hooray !!!!!!!!!

    Go Obama '08

    July 22, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. AJP Richardson, TX

    McCain is a jerk!!

    July 22, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. suzyku

    mcsame and his cohorts are desperate! whatever they say just doesn't really matter!

    July 22, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. BVAL

    Questions for MCcain

    -Bush-Mccain war was to destroy Saddam nuclear arsenal.
    Where are those weapons?.
    -Saddam was captured and executed because he was linked to terrorism.
    Where is the proof of that?
    -When us soldiers landed in Iraq there was not even a gun shot from the Iraqi army so called Saddam natianal guard .
    who were we fighting with ?
    Now the insurgents came just after and in many case to fight not only with the us soldiers but there own battle over control of Iraq that the after saddam has given an opportunity to pursue what they have always been pursuing even under saddam.

    Is there anyone out there understand this is about the Bush-maccain ego cause they don't have any explanation for the american people after causing death of over 4.000 young men and women, destroying the economy, leaving hundred of thousands unemployed.

    This is not about winning any war. It's about not willing to admits mistake. Mccain was for this war since the beginning and is equally responsible for the mess this war has caused. Electing Mccain is a license to disrespect and desregard to the american people who is in all circumstances the ultimate victim.

    let's get over the war, let's get over Mcsame

    July 22, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Candy West Virginia

    Hey Mccain and all you repuglicans, please tell me how we won this war? Please, I beg you. Tell me how we can win a war started on proven lies, that 4500 soldiers died needlessly over and we are trillions in debt because of. Spin your repuglican lies, and explain this stuff away. Terrorism is now worse because of our invasion and the world hates us and yet you guys say we won. Incredible! And if you believe the John McWar hype I have some swamp land in florida I wanna sell ya.

    July 22, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Brian J

    Who is John McCain again? :p As a candidate, Senator McCain is losing his foreign affairs luster. He and Bush are following Senator Obama's foreign policy in Iraq and Afghanistan. John McCain is showing more and more how his policies are simply a reflection of the many lobbyists in his campaign. Too bad the American people do not have a lobbyist-we are left out in the cold when it comes to Republican polices.

    July 22, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. linda n carolina

    John McWhiner will still be talking about the "surge" in his concession speech in Nov.

    July 22, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. McCain is too old

    Selected not elected:

    First off, HILLARY CLINTON LOST!!!!! If you love her sooo much, donate to her debt.

    July 22, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |

    with all the media hype around Sen Obama he must perform and act to whatever is asked . WOW ! what a runaway tongue he has...to disclose the private talk between himself and the Iraqi Prime Minister...
    really bad JUDGEMENT !...as Sen Hillary Clinton often stated in the primaries 'EXPERIENCE' does count....After Bush ...another on the job TRAINEE.?? That America would be bad JUDGEMENT; Go with
    "EXPERIENCE" and vote "MCCAIN"

    July 22, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. JohnS

    McCain, Bush and Cheney were wrong to invade Iraq that had nothing to do with the 911 attack and never had WMD.

    Truth must be spoken.

    Let's ne a nation that can dare and be proud again to speak the truth.

    Let's cinycism belong to the past.

    Let's enjoy the new ERA of the popularity of the United States of America again around the world.
    This is exactly what will bring back the US world leadership in economy, human rights, environment. military, diplomacy.

    OBAMA 2008 – 2016

    July 22, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Hojo

    The McCain campaign is like a broken record. All they can do is attempt to distort Obama's position on every issue. They continue to make fools of themselves each and every time.

    July 22, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Linda Esen

    Thats all McCain does is give negative rebuttals....

    July 22, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Berndt Seattle, WA

    IF NObama really cares about this country, and our service men and women, why is he just now making his FIRST trip to Afghanistan? His trip there was nothing more than a continuation of his Pied Piper efforts to try and charm voters instead of work for them. His posing over there is an insult, especially when you consider he's been head of that one committee for over 18 months and has not held one meeting. How is that really caring about our troops?

    I wish America and the media would wake up and see this arrogant, inexperienced, greedy jerk for who he really is.

    July 22, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. David Goldman for OBAMA










    July 22, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Biffington, Biff

    "McCain camp hammers Obama press conference" .....

    (insert monotone voice here)

    O, gee... what a sur prise..... that the mcstain camp attacks what Obama said. I am stunned......... STUNNED, I tell you..

    ok... let's make a deal... let's say Obama agrees to admit the "surge" (escalation) has had a positive effect "IF" mccain admits it was a mistake going to Iraq in the first place...... (yeah, i thought not)....

    July 22, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. McCain is too old

    The difference between McCain and Obama couldn't be more glaring. Obama is intelligent, values diplomacy and already commands international respect on a world stage.

    Remember McCain's last trip to Iraq? I remember a befuddled old man running around in a bulletproof vest...with Leiberman whispering the difference between Shiite and Sunni in his hard of hearing ear for the umpteenth millionth time.

    Now really, republican,democrat, or independent, who do you want representing the country you love? Have some pride, take back the US, and vote Obama!!!

    July 22, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. AA

    Best one I've read so far...

    Obama has fallen for his own hype...
    I want a humble leader who acts to the benefit of others...

    Are you enjoying your benefits right now hmmm...?
    Enjoying paying for an occupation because of...?
    Enjoying watching the benefits that the people of Iraq are swimming in?

    Let me know how its going for you please, we could all use more benefits.

    Wake up.

    July 22, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    If the democrats, including Obama had their way after the 2006 Election we would not have had the surge and the vast improvements in security and safety in Iraq. The democrats including their supporters have not lost their post Viet Nam attitude of we cannot fight to win a war because it is not politcally correct to destroy your enemey, which contributed to the Viet Nam War loss. Obama is not man enoough toadmit his party was wrong about the surge and that the US Military can do what the college educated diplomats could not do.

    July 22, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. Independent leaning left

    Why does everyone believe the sole cause of the decrease in violence is due to the military surge. I applaud our brave young men and women who completed this excellent task. However, it is not the only and (quite frankly) not the main driver of the decrease. There are many factors:

    1) Awakening of the Iraqi people to fight back
    2) Larger and better trained (thanks to US military) Iraqi security force
    3) and THE BIGGEST REASON is:

    The current administration is paying billions of $ to hold a very "thin" cease fire with the Al Sadr army. Let me ask you this question; What do you think Al Sadr and his Medhi army is doing with those funds. They are buying better and more dangerous weapons to attack with once the US leaves or they determine they do not need any further funding.

    That's right, the USA is funding the same extremists that want to see our young troops killed. Furthermore, this is all being set up for when the US does leave, a regrouped and better equiped Al Sadr army will take over IRAQ. That will leave a victorious or not victorious John McCain to stand up and say "I told you we needed to stay". So sad! That is the main reason I leaning left.

    July 22, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. Linda Esen

    selected not elected July 22nd, 2008 12:08 pm ET :

    I love this flip flopping term that was created ; NOTE: its not flip flopping its being flexible when the facts change...we have "stayed the course" with Bush and look what that has got us...

    July 22, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. Moses, Ca.

    " BREAKING NEWS " Obama won't make a gaffe overseas. like expected by the media. So can we report the mis-speaks that McCain makes at his town hall meeting.

    July 22, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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