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. NC Man

    checked out some polls this morning ... McCain now leads in Ohio and shows a 46 all tie in the national polls (this found on Rasmussen Report). Seems Obama's trip to Afgan and Iraqi is hurting the ALL MIGHT ONE.

    his lack of knowledge is catching up with him. i can't wait to see what happens while he is touring europe.... maybe he will speak in french therefore no americans can understand what he is saying.

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

    I have never known the republican to this desparate. All they do is attack obama all day long. Please sen. John McCan still stay focus on the issues, and you will be just fine.

    July 22, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Xavier, Saint Louis, MO

    The "surge" is a joke and so is McBush! Can anybody tell me what we are winning in Iraq from this "surge?"

    July 22, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Steve

    Didn't McCain say yesterday that Obama was ready to unfurl another 'Mission Accomplished' banner, yet today he says that Obama's trying to deny the troops the victory they've achieved?

    Which way is it? Does Obama think they've won or lost? I think McCain has control of his spin. He looks woozy.

    July 22, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. David, Silver Spring, MD

    McQueeg is getting desperate. He knows that his chances of winning the election end the moment Obama is back on U.S. soil and people start talking about the state of the economy again.

    McQueeg is playing up the Iraq debacle because he has nothing else to talk about.

    July 22, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Rich in Seattle

    So will McCain ever tell his his plans for "victory" or does all he do is knock down Obama? I'm starting to realize I know little about what McCain really stands for. Everytime he takes a stand, it seems to be in an attempt to pander to the right.

    I wish he would stop all this negative campaigning and get to some real solutions to our countries problems. I mean, going as far as to blame Obama for high Gas prices... give me a break.

    July 22, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. Jude

    It would seem like McCain and his camp thinks the American People are stupid fools. Well, here's some news for you!!! WE KNOW WHAT YOUR PLAN IS AND WE KNOW WHAT OBAMA'S PLAN IS AND WE PERFER OBAMA'S PLAN because we need to get out of IRAQ as quickly and safely as possible. We can't afford another 5 or 10 or 50 or 100 years in IRAQ!!! Yes, we want TimeTables!!! Seems like McCain is simply sreaming because Obama's getting all the coverage!!!

    July 22, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  8. Tina

    Keep up the pressure for what? McCain is clearly the one getting the pressure here. Obama is calling for a withdrawl, Maliki is talking about withdrawl, Bush is speaking of a "time horizon". The only one feeling pressure here is McCain!

    BTW I thought McCain was suppose to be talking about the economy this week? What happened to that?

    July 22, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. pat C.

    please stop printing more of the same over and over again that McSAME is saying about obama. we are sick of hearing it. McCain is the most boring man i have ever had to listen to. the world is sick of hearing him make a complete fool of himself. does he even realize this is HIS week to talk about the economy? has he even mentioned our situation here in america that we are suffering with? this man is an idiot!! CNN please stop printing these ignorant responces from john McCain after each comment obama makes we just don't want to hear them. i am like the above reader...i am going to sit the next few months out and hopefully the old man will just give up and retire!

    July 22, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. salt of the earth

    The sheople will flock and baaaaaaaaaah their approval.

    The people will denounce this obvious power play for glory and media attention.

    Other nations are not the ones voting in American elections... not yet at least.

    July 22, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. Brandon

    All McCain can resort to is untruthful and ridiculous attacks.. Between his joke of an add yesterday blaming Obama for gas prices and now stating that Obama supports unconditional withdrawl again when Obama repeatedly says that it is not unconditional McCain has finally put the final nail in the coffin of his "maverick" image.

    The McCain campaign is a joke compared to the Clinton campaign. I expect Obama to roll over this gaffe and lie machine that the McCain campaign has become

    July 22, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. Dusacre

    McBush can bring all the pressures he wants, it is just like a baby hand. The Republicans must go. Iraq is not our country; the Iraqi did not attack us. Not a single 911 terrorist was Iraqi. Iraq did not have WMD.

    If I hit you with my car and you are down, then I take you to the hospital, according to McBush I should be a hero. Forget that I hit you with my car; just remember that I take you in the hospital.

    On one hand McSame doesn't want to take responsibility for his vote to invade Iraq that cost us so much in lives and treasury, but at the other hand he wants to take all the credits for the decrease in violence in Iraq.

    July 22, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. Salina, Washington, DC

    The McCain camp is desperate!! Obama did not say 'Unconditional withdrawal' and he's NOT at odds with the general. You see how they've taken his words and twisted and distorted them to mean something else... And there are some people who will read that and run with it because they don't have sense enough to get the information from the source.

    Obama is right, McCain and Bush are wrong! Simple as that.

    Obama '08

    July 22, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. Independent

    To Mc Cain...blah blah blah blah blah, same old, same old, same old....NOT LISTENING to YOU.....

    July 22, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. MO for McCain

    Can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen Obama fans, you and your candidate are too thin skinned for the whitehouse.

    Obama wants to cut and run...he wants America to lose!

    Obama Hussein is meeting w/ Abdulla Hussien today, how appropriate...

    July 22, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Phil, FL

    did mccain have a stroke? his eye looks funny.

    July 22, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. ali

    if the surge worked,why must we stay?please define victory.

    July 22, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. Donna

    John McPain will not let up. He'll continue to talk to himself until even he won't be able to stand it. Let's put him in an empty auditorium, maybe he'll fall asleep.

    Obama, my next president.

    July 22, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. Debby, NJ

    "Unconditional withdrawal"?
    Stop Lying, It's not going to work.

    July 22, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. Brandon

    Instead of hammering Obama, McCain just needs to get hammered. He is having two of the worst weeks I have ever witnessed in a presidential campaign.

    July 22, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. Linda K.

    I am sick and tired of McCain's whining about Obama. What does he have to offer besides criticism? Does the man actually stand for anything, or is he only against?

    If he's like this now, imagine him in the White House. Do we want a president or just a grumpy old man?

    Go home, McCain, and yell at the kids playing on your lawn.

    July 22, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |

    Obama appears to have very good judgement to be commander and cheif of the United States.

    July 22, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. Will from NYC

    Only 3 of 18 milestones the McCain helped draw up have been met. Tell us again how the surge is working. Tell us why we need to stay???

    July 22, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  24. Ryan, New York, NY

    Well at least this attack has a greater chance of being believed than the laughable "Obama is to blame for high gas prices" ad.

    Hey John, if you're going to take the "offshore & ANWR drilling bans = high gas prices" POV, remind us again who's been in office for the past 30 years voting in favor of all of those bans? Oh, right, YOU WERE!

    July 22, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  25. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    If you withdraw without winning, why isn't that losing? How can Obama say he's still opposed to the surge when violence is finally down to levels where we can contemplate troop withdrawals because of the surge? This guy is a lunatic.

    July 22, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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