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

McCain camp hammers Obama press conference

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CNN

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. "


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (275 Responses)
  1. selected not elected

    Shows what a presumptuous, self-serving arrogant fool Obama is.
    And after stating that he would NOT do that.

    So flip-flop and egotistical.

    July 22, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. Greg, NY

    Isn't this like the fourth article on the same subject now?

    We know all McCain does is attack Obama on anything and everything. I guess the constant reminder is good, people will see through it.

    July 22, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. 100 yrs in Iraq

    ========who cares about mcBush.

    July 22, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. Debra, Alton

    McCain...get over it! Nobody wants to continue a war!!!!!!!

    July 22, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. JimBlanco

    Is that a United Nations flag pin on Hussein's lapel? How presidential... he's already taking marching orders from third world countries and their sugar daddy George Soros.

    July 22, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Gary

    "Unconditional withdrawal"? Where did Obama say that?

    The McCain camp is desperate to make this up.

    July 22, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. Mike

    What is this pressure that they are putting on Obama? What is CNN's definition of "hammered?" Why does McCain keep saying the same thing over and over again? He is getting the same response every time from Obama, and I still can't figure out how we have succeeded in Iraq, but we still haven't won. I think I am done paying attention until October, maybe McCain will retire by then.

    July 22, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. Phantom of the Oprah

    Obama has fallen for his own hype... and the media spin.

    He thinks he is a shoo in for president, so why bother to wait.

    He puts his own glorification and star image above the good of his country.

    I want a humble leader who acts to the benefit of others- NOT just to advance himself.

    He is on a mad grab for power.

    July 22, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. California Gold

    Keep up the pressure on Obama? You can't even keep up with Obama! McCain you earn no points for originality. McCain you are becoming a charicature.

    July 22, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. mollygonz

    McSame, give it a rest! You beginning to sound like a broken record.

    July 22, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. Amy

    Obama is right McCain is wrong

    July 22, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Marcus, Great Lakes IL

    So much for CNN focusing on Obama. McCain has five headlines while Obama has only two.

    I would really like McCain to discuss the issues rather than discussing Obama for once.

    July 22, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. Franky

    LOL!!!! Go ahead Reps!! Talk about a war that nobody cares, LOL!!!

    July 22, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. ANGIE

    MCCAIN PLEASE PLEASE STOP THE WHINING YOU PRESSURED OBAMA TO TAKE THIS TRIP NOW DEAL WITH IT!!!!!!!!!!

    July 22, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. Ryan

    when will McCain stop criticizing and start having some ideas of his own?

    July 22, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. Creative Woody

    Yes, keep touting "victory" McCain. America will still want its troops back home.

    By the way, if the surge is working, why is there still no timetable for withcrawl?

    July 22, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. Brina

    Please give the spin a rest.....

    July 22, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. RB from NH

    Its not a success if we are still there!

    Its not a surge its an escalation!

    July 22, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Nick, Rochester, NY

    Obama admitted that he will listen to Petraeus and then turn around and do whatever his inexpereinced, ideologically twisted mind dictates.
    He also is in denial about the success of the surge. Obama is a direct threat to our culture. His presidential quest must be stopped!

    July 22, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. rumpusgoopus

    McCain is starting to sound like an unfunny version of the cranky muppet critics, Waldorf and Statler.

    July 22, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. Equal Coverage for All

    Story about McCain... Yet picture of Obama. It is disgusting how biased this election is becoming. News agencies are supposed to be neutral.

    July 22, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. ARB

    OBAMA BETTER BRING A TELEPROMPTER WITH HIM TO ALL OF HIS DEBATES IF HE WANTS TO WIN. I COULD DEBATE BETTER THAN THIS IDIOT.

    July 22, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. Diing in Washington

    It would have make sense if this piece contains what Senator Obama said in the conference in Jordan. Whatever happens to presenting both sides of story?

    July 22, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. Frank O.

    What success? To begin with the so called surge should not have even happened. What are we there for? To keep the violence down? are we the police in Iraq? No occupaion. No surge. Complete withdrawl. That is what Iraq wants. let us give them that and walk the heck away from this mess. this is a golden opportunity for US to walk away from a disastrous blunder. no more young men and women to sacrifice for this unjust war and the so-called democracy. if Iraq wants democracy they know how to get it. let us get out of there and save face, save young men and women and save $$$$.

    July 22, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. No McBUSH

    MCCAIN = Desperate!

    Keep clawing with you fingernail to keep your party alive!

    Bye Bye McWar your time is over!!!

    July 22, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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