July 23rd, 2008
02:17 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain: Obama might have to send troops back to Iraq


McCain said Obama ingored the facts in Iraq

(CNN) - John McCain said Wednesday that a troop withdrawal from Iraq under an Obama administration wouldn’t be a lasting one.

The presumptive Republican nominee told the crowd at a Pennsylvania campaign event that Barack Obama advocated an “unconditional withdrawal” - a description of the Illinois senator’s policy that they debuted as he headed overseas several days ago - though he said “we are winning and we are succeeding” in Iraq, not a recent contention that the United States had already succeeded.

“Senator Obama says, ‘Well, if we don’t succeed we may have to go back in.’ Well, you might,” said McCain. “When I’m President of the United States we will come home. We will come home with victory and honor but we will never have to go back because we will have won this conflict.”

The Arizona senator also repeated his Tuesday charge that his opponent, for political reasons, is hoping for an American failure in Iraq: “Apparently Senator Obama would rather lose a war in order to win a campaign.”

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iraq • John McCcain
soundoff (208 Responses)
  1. Jeffrey in MI

    "All Fear, All The Time"...face it Repubs, you're campaign strategy is about as tired and hackneyed as your pathetic candidate!

    OBAMA in '08!

    July 23, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  2. Binh

    Victory and honor? What exactly are you winning? What's the prize? And where's the honor in fighting a war that should have never been waged?

    July 23, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. Tikaralee

    What does winning even mean?? What can we "win" there? What is the goal to let us know we've won?

    July 23, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  4. John

    So McCain is going to NOLA tomorrow to do an event to tout off-shore oil drilling, flying out to a rig on a helicopter, trying to be all Jack Bauer the oil man. His agenda: demonstrate how easy, safe, and important more offshore drilling is.

    But there's a problem: today, on the eve of this stunt, there was a huge oil spill in NOLA....a 600-foot tanker and a barge loaded with fuel oil collided Wednesday, breaking the barge in half, more than 419,000 gallons of heavy, almost tar-like fuel oil spilled from the barge, forming a slick 12 miles long, said Lt. Cdr. Cheri Ben-Iesau, a Coast Guard spokeswoman.

    For those of you looking to attend this event.....It was canceled, he's going to Ohio instead

    July 23, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  5. M.S. Indiana

    McCain is not 2nd time we are there ???
    Anyways, what is Ron Paul doing ??

    July 23, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  6. CAW in MD

    Okay, gotta throw the BS flag on this one. I am shocked that McCain would say that Obama wants Iraq to fail just to win the campaign. If McCain really believes that, then he is in fact too radical to lead this country.

    July 23, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  7. Brendose, Oceanside CA

    The summary of McCain's talking points:

    1000 years in Iraq

    bomb, bomb, bomb.........bomb Iran

    We have Succeeded!

    I REALLY hope America has learned their lesson with Bush.......because I don't know if I can deal with McCain

    July 23, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  8. George

    “When I’m President of the United States we will come home. We will come home with victory and honor"

    I didn't know he was planning to be president for a hudred years.

    July 23, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
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