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. "

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (275 Responses)
  1. Thomas, Illinois

    John?? Give it up, already...Is your plan better??? I don't think so....

    July 22, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. Messiah complex

    Another self-serving Obama media moment to cast an image of himself as the next leader of the free world.

    Obama went beyond the pale with this action.

    And, just days after stating he was there as a senator on a fact-finding mission. What a hypocritical liar... seizing every opportunity to promote himself.

    Now he pretends that he IS the president.

    July 22, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. Melvin

    Are we going to stay in a country that wants us to leave?

    July 22, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. Tina, MD

    McPain is trying so hard to sway Americans who actually think for themselves. It won't work.

    Barack is our choice and he will be the next POTUS.

    Obama 08

    July 22, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. Foreign observer

    It was not the surge. America paying 100 000 Suni fighters made the difference !!! Employed people don´t fight !

    July 22, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. proud army and navy mom

    again how is it victory, mcmoron, if we are paying the sons of iraq not to attack us.

    what is your definition of victory? Will the repugs please buy this idiot a clue and spell out to him what success and victory looks like.

    in fighting a war that was built on lies and deceit, there are no victories. The only thing we can do successfully is to leave and let them handle their own country, because we have plenty problems in this one.

    Mcidiot, your time will be better spent finding a way to lower food and gas prices instead of stalking Sen obama's every move.

    July 22, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. Lorraine

    Here we go again with this surge nonsense. McCain, you need to fire your entire staff and hire a new one. I cannot believe they have nothing else to talk about. Sorry you are not getting the attention, but everyone is listening to your stupid remarks. No matter what Obama says, whether you think its right or wrong, you always have something negative to say. Your constant attacks are like listening to someone scratching a blackboard. ENOUGH ALREADY.

    July 22, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. McHero 08

    Obama is such an idiot. I'm sat here right now watching a live interview with John Kerry who is telling the reporter that the surge didnt do anything and it was negotiations with the factions, that Obama supporterded, that made the difference. The reporter told him that the guys from the 10th mountain division who were in the main area of violence said that becuase of them going in (the surge) they created breathing room for negotiations, and only after they did this did the negotiations turn for the better.

    Kerry is trying to say that the men in the 10th Mountain did nothing even though they are saying they created the security of this area in Iraq. Gotta love the anti-war Liberals, they cant EVER give anybody credit in this war – even our own awesome troops

    July 22, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. Otanes - Atlanta

    McCain, My Friend, tell me why I should vote for you instead of why I should not vote for Obama!

    July 22, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. crownsy

    i love how maccain can just declare the surge strategy succesful with no facts or anything.

    people are still being killed in reocred numbers by extermists, us troops and iraq's alike, how exactly did the surge work again jon?

    Mabey i can convince myself things worked that had no measurable effect if i just claim them to be true as well...

    "My strategy of not sneezing this weekend contributed to my overall health!"

    July 22, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. Dems are stuck in the fix they rigged

    Another selfish, cocky, egotistical, self-serving move by the arrogant and self-important Obama.

    His ego has no bounds.

    July 22, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. ANGIE

    watch the mccain camp try to spin everything he said thats all they got is to lie twist and spin please mccain give it up already!!!

    July 22, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Deb, Allentown, PA

    CNN, how many times a day and in how many ways are you going to print the same article? I'll be seeing this in my sleep, for Pete's sake! And, in my sleep, I'll be saying what I've said all along...

    When McCain starts to spout positive rhetoric rather than attacking Obama at every opportunity, maybe I'll start listening to him. But for now, all I hear is "grumble, grumble, grumble".

    July 22, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. a southern bell for OBAMA




    July 22, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. Trinity, OH

    People are so hateful. I guess the writing is on the wall and they can't stand the fact that we're taking our country back. They'd rather leave it in the hands of people who torture and tear up the Constitution for their own personal gains. Not any more–we're moving full speed ahead.

    Obama 08, 12

    July 22, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. Obamessiah

    You people are in for a rude awakening if Obama somehow gets elected... He has little to none experience, he is conceited, his policy is ripped off from other unintelligent democrats.

    You people are all mindless Lemmings.

    July 22, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. Franky

    LOL!!!! This is like picking on somebody that you just don't like, but you got no other choice! LOL!! First, I don't know if the right time to pick on him is when the war has a way below approval rating!! LOL!!!!

    Is like wathing Tom and Jerry! LOL!!!

    July 22, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. fooled the sheople but not the people

    He knows that the media hangs on his every word... and that they will spin this, too, into a positive thing.

    Fact is, it was an unprecedented blunder by a self-serving power grabbing egotistical man.

    July 22, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. Al Sullivan

    McCain keeps harping on how the surge supposedly worked. It didn't work. the drop in violence was because suni war lords decided to sit out the fight, not because the U.S. sent more troops.
    The other reason for the decline in violence in Iraq has to do with the fact that the enemies have exploited U.S. weakness by shifting the fight back to Afghanistan where they have natural local support and plenty of cover.
    President Bush failed to learn one of the most important lessons of the Nazi conflicts in WWII, never fight a war on two fronts. Instead of solving the Aghanistan battle, Bush decided to invade Iraq - and McCain will continue this folly.

    July 22, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. Tammy - KCMO

    The only impression I ever get from McCain and his supporters is that he has no plans on how to fix this country and he will continue to complain about Obama in hopes that no one will notice that he has nothing to say about why he should be president.
    Just take a look at what Bush has done the past 8 years – that's what you will get if you are dumb enough to vote for McCain.

    July 22, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. Halle

    McPain will NEVER be president. Get over it, and send him packing to Arizona-I hear he likes to relax anyway. So his heart is not in this.

    July 22, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. Mike, TX

    Obama continues in his imaginary world where facts simply do not exist. Obama rejects the surge, though his visit to Iraq proves that the surge worked. He rejects doing anything that may reduce US dependence on foreign oil unless it increases the cost of energy within the US.

    He is a fool.

    July 22, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. Nevada

    The funny thing is... the vast majority doesn't look at the surge as a success, so his argument falls on it's face before it even gets started really.

    July 22, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. the takeover

    Question…When has Iraq ever threatened our country? Are the right wing guys afraid of this country being invaded by iraq, which had no navy or air force or capability of reaching our borders prior to the U.S occupying it?

    July 22, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. Moe

    Temper, temper–the McPain addicts are really out today.

    July 22, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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