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. Pick Me! Pick Me!

    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.

    Actually, if you bothered to look, you would have seen the U.S. Flag pin. When was the last time McCain wore one??

    Speaking of McCain, this bears repeating:

    For someone who had, "been there, done that" he (McCain) has done very little for the men and women who served before him and after him.

    I guess this is one of many reasons a lot of us (veterans) won’t vote for him (McCain).

    McCain: ‘I Received The Highest Award From Literally Every Veterans Organization In America"
    The recognition McCain has received from veterans groups is not "high awards" but FAILING GRADES:

    Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave McCain a grade of D for his record of voting against veterans. (By contrast, Obama got a B+.)

    Disabled Veterans of America noted McCain’s dismal 20 percent voting record on veterans’ issues. (Obama had an 80 percent.)

    In a list of "Key Votes," Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) notes McCain "Voted Against Us" 15 times and "Voted For Us" only 8. (Obama voted for VVA 12 times, and against only once.)

    Sequentially, integrity is what I look for in someone running for President. Self-aggrandizement without end is a characteristic flaw that I cannot overlook in anyone running for that same position.

    July 22, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Concerned in Alabama

    McSame's camp is running scared of Obama. McSame says the same things over and over: "this is Obama's first trip ever; this is Obama's first trip ever............."Obama was against the serge; Obama is against the serge...............PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    McSame, you don't have to visit the Middle East o know what's going on. All you have to do is count the body bags that are being shipped back to the US, the job losses, the gas prices, and please, not to mention the food that millions of Americans are in need of.

    We don't care you who are Mr. Maggot, I mean Mr. Maverick. All we care about is getting our troops home alive with their families and getting America back to its prosperous state that we once enjoyed!

    July 22, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. Hillary Backer for McCain

    Jindel ? That name sounds so foreign and non traditional. I want a traditional conservative with a normal name. PUMAs are traditionalists ! No Jindul No Obama, this is a job for the White House, not the out house.

    July 22, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Lisa

    I wish McCain would stop trying to sell a war that never should have happened in the first place. Does he thing we're all bunch of fools? Yes, I believe he does. Who knows....maybe he's right. Bush won twice.

    July 22, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. Cammi317

    Somebody needs to stay out of his wife's medicine cabinet. Delusional at best.

    July 22, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Pamela

    McCain continues to miss the point.
    Exactly what "victory" is he referring to? The ability to have peaceful, unchallenged dibs on the Iraqi oil fields?

    July 22, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. Retired Navy Veteran

    The are people who will be lucky to get re elected. Let them voice there option like you know what every one has one.

    If they was more concered about the cost of living n the US we would all be a lot better off.

    To hell wiith them...

    Let's bring our troops home once we leave IRAQ they will just keep killing themselves until they come to an agreement....

    July 22, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. Cricket

    I guess McCain just can't find anything to talk about so he just continues his bashing of Obama. Does this mean he has no policy issue clear in his mind or it just his way of trying to take away the obvious success of Obams' trip? "An humble leader acting for the benefit of others", does that include the 4000+ young soldiers and the innocent Iraqis who have died in the name of OIL??

    Go OBAMA

    July 22, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Amusing...

    Love to see how people comment primarily on the title, without researching the context.

    Incredible how well-trained conservatives are to seek comfort in ignorance, and believe in spin if it suits their fragile world view.

    July 22, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. fluffy

    if the surge succeeded why are are those troops still there?

    July 22, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. McPain Is Insane

    This warmonger thinks he's going to roll over the American people and tell us lies to get in the White House. The Dems don't like him and his own party leaders think he's a place holder for their presidential aspirations. It won't work.

    McPain will go home to Arizona and Barack will move into our Whtie House.

    Obama 08, our next POTUS.

    July 22, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    And Phanom can you explain why you're "..of the Prah" as opposed to the opera?
    By the way, I think Senator McCain is on a mad power grab, trying to make up for the loss in Vietnam.

    July 22, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. arun

    What is remarkable is the fact that the republicans cannot fathom that EVEN THE IRAQIS WANT US OUT.

    July 22, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. tidho

    Can't wait for the first debate. They need to have one soon.

    The point of the surge was to allow political development. It succeeded in making things safer but they failed to move on policy.

    So the military mission was succesful – which McCain applauds.
    and the political mission failed – which Obama points out.

    Neither seem to want to acknowledge that they're talking about two different things and instead just chose to confuse the public.

    July 22, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. Obama Baracks!

    If Old Johnny boy is such a humble and wise leader why can't he win the election with a clean campaign? Why must he attempt to drag down Obama while he tries to scrape and crawl to the top?

    July 22, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. Ex Democrat for McCain

    Are you guys really ready to put someone like Obama, with a learning curve that takes several years to kick in and catch up, into the highest office in the world ??? You gotta be kidding...

    July 22, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. NMB

    I think McCain is now having second thoughts about urging Obama to go to Iraq since Malliki, too, wants us out by 2010.
    So, the surge worked? Wonderful!
    Say goodnight, Gracie – It's time to go.

    July 22, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. Dave

    Yes, it is true nobody wants war. Unfortunately, those protesting the war seem to forget that there are terrorists out there who want kill us and any of our allies. Obama fails to realize that leaving a war prematurely will only result in us having to return in the future. Obama has opposed US involvement abroad in the past but now seems to see merit of conflict in Afghanistan. I'm not sure I want my commander in chief to make decisions without consulting the key military leaders.

    July 22, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. Julie 22

    The democrats selected nominee is trashing our military men and women, destroying our childrens future, the anti-American party.

    vote out all democrats. the prove to us daily they are unAmerican!

    I know cnn ,this wont be posted, not pro-hitler enough. shame on you all.

    July 22, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. Dave C - NJ

    I love all the Obama haters who keep pointing out his middle name. We don't care. Obama, who never said anything about it, doesn't care.
    I guess bigots care, but they won't vote for him anyway.
    The only time HUSSEIN was an issue is when the Re-pukes were using it sarcastically and their own party told them to knock it off, ie, grow up.

    And all of you are pretty vague in your attacks. Calling him hype and arrogant etc. I don't see it. Be specific, you sound like fools.

    Obama has a plan: get out.

    McCain wants to stay in.

    Pick one.

    July 22, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. Peter (CA)

    Waht is all this nonsense about Obama's "star image"?

    Is it because he can actually speak clearly and intelligently while McCain struggles and Bush is an idiot? Is that why he is an "elitist"? As opposed to Bush who grew up in government luxury and McCain who grew up as military royalty?

    Obama is constantly evaluating what is going on in the world and making adjustments to the situation. Would have been nice if Bush has tried that over the last 8 years. McCain has changed almost all of his positions to make the right-wing happy. Is that not "flip-flopping" also?

    July 22, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. Frank, Missouri

    Obama did not mention 'unconditional withdrawal'. That's fiction.

    So, but does anybody know what Bush/McCain's definition of victory is? From what I can tell, 'Staying in Iraq' means 'Victory in Iraq'. You cannot leave when violence is up, you cannot leave when violence is down. You cannot leave when the Iraqis ask us to stay, you cannot leave when the Iraqis ask us to leave.

    Besides that, I don't understand McCain's claim that being a POW gives him so much knowledge about war (?) Being shot down in your plane is tragic but not really a great qualification for commander in chief.

    July 22, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. Roger Neely

    How egotistical of a comment, to compare his plan to the surge and if it would haved worked. Why not put your head up a cow's behind and see if butter is going to be more expensive tomorrow.

    July 22, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. Ken

    Define victory, McCain... you seem to keep refusing to do so.

    I suspect 'victory' for the Neocons = permanent base of operations in Iraq... c'mon McCain, you know the American People don't want that. Just admit it.

    July 22, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    McCain ain't gotta nothin' nobody wants to hear.
    Too old, too convervative, to witless and to dumb to quit.


    July 22, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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