July 29th, 2008
08:45 AM ET
6 years ago

McCain says he could support 16-month Iraq timetable

Sen. John McCain appears Monday in Bakersfield, California, before talking to Larry King.
Sen. John McCain appears Monday in Bakersfield, California, before talking to Larry King.

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) - Sen. John McCain could support a 16-month timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, he told CNN's Larry King Monday night.

But the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said he would only do that if military chiefs deemed the "conditions on the ground" safe enough.

Watch: McCain talks to Larry King

Speaking from Bakersfield, California, the Arizona senator said he would not stick to a "hard and firm date" suggested by Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

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  1. YES WE CAN!

    Thats the mother load of all flip-flops.
    How stupid can you be.

    Obama 08 & 12

    July 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Ricky P.

    HAHAHAHA WOW THIS IS AMAZING....Everytime john mcsame opens his mouth he persuades more voters to vote for obama!!! Mcbush is going to win this election for Obama...because he talks to much and has no plans of his own. All he can do is bash Obama and flip flop on every issue possible. I haven't heard any of mcsames policies or plans, besides off shore drilling which isn't going to help at all. Unfortunately for him he doesn't realize that america was already fooled once by George Dubya and won't be fooled again. I can't wait for November!!!!

    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT!!!

    July 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Andrew

    This just in: McCain endorses Obama....

    July 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Donna

    Debby..when did OBAMA EVER say ANYTHING about taking troops out in 60 days??? now that should have sounded stupid when you read it yourself...

    July 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. rice, bryan

    lable it how you want, pandering, flip flop, he has it down.

    July 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. David Goldman for OBAMA

    SOUNDS LIKE GREAT PLAN, DUDE.

    NOW LETS HIRE AS COMMANDER AND CHIEF

    THE GUY WHO CAME UP WITH THAT PLAN.

    I THINK HIS NAME IS BARACK OBAMA

    IN FACT I KNOW HIS NAME IS BARACK OBAMA.

    FROM WHAT I HEAR THAT BARACK GUY HAS A GREAT

    ECONOMIC PLAN AS WELL, & A FEW MORE GREAT IDEAS.

    GO FIGURE. I GUESS WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO ELECT HIM.

    WHAT WAS HIS NAME AGAIN. BARACK OBAMA, BARACK OBAMA.

    July 29, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. Trish Hussein - PA

    Good lord people!! Everything Obama supports, the repubs seem to come on board down the road after the fact. Wake up people!! How much more sound judgment do you want in a candidate?? Vote Obama and end this nightmare!

    July 29, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. Stevie

    McCain only got onething in his favour right now that will allow people to vote for him, even if he is wrong on every topic..HE IS WHITE.

    July 29, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. SMOQ

    There is no possible defense for MCBush here....he has mis construed everything that Obama has said, and he slowly but surely and decisively taken the Positions of Obama. Obama has said as President he would make the final decision, and that troop safety is of utmost importance. McCain has said no no we are there for 100 years or more, he was fine with that...even at 10-12 billion per month of tax payer dollars..

    NOw MCCAin say our troop may be able to come home but iti is not up to the President it is solely up to the generals...
    Who would be the commander n chief.....the generals...would he put everything on them and then blame them for our struggling economy
    makes u go hummmmnnnn

    July 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. Peter of Oregon

    Once again he is following Barack Obama's sound leadership on another important issue, and I find it commendable!

    July 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. Bill From Florida

    At least McCain is using some common sense, and not running
    around like A rOCK sTAR. WITH NO EXPERIENCE.

    July 29, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. afrahx2

    McCain = Comic relief.

    July 29, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. HDT

    OBAMA should choose McCain as a VP for his ticket. McCain now agrees with most of Obama's major policy changes and strategies...

    July 29, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. Real Change

    Well we all know how aggravated McSame gets about flip flops. So, boy I bet he’ll really be kicking himself over this one. :-).

    July 29, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. BHO Not my candidate

    100 year presence in Iraq, is not much difference than our presence in germany... the idiots on this board need an education.

    July 29, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. Frank "Grimey" Grimes

    Why is this so hard to understand? Let's see, his "100 years" comment was that he could foresee the US having a presence in Iraq similar to that in Germany or Korea, so long as Americans are safe. What does that mean...it certainly doesn't mean 100 years of war, like so many on the left are trying to say. It means that we could have a peacetime presence so long as Americans aren't being harmed. If they are, then there would be no peacetime presence. And where is the "flip-flop" on the fact that he COULD support a 16 month timetable as long as military officers on the ground deem it safe. He has ALWAYS said that it would be up to the military officers on the ground to determine the timeframe. He was asked if he could support a 16 month time frame. He said he could as long as military on the ground agreed. He could just as easily been asked if he COULD support a 20 month timeframe, or a 10 month time frame and he could have given the exact same answer! Nice try!

    July 29, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. Who's "naive" again?

    Kinda hard to call a guy "naive" on foreign policy when you keep borrowing from all of his policies don't you think?

    July 29, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. michael

    please America get this one right...NOT MCCAIN.PLEEEEEEEEZ..talk about lack of leadership all he seems to be doing these days is following Obama's good judgements...he's a flip flop genius!

    July 29, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. Peter

    My flip-flop senses are tingling! Must be McFlip-Flop

    July 29, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. Michael G- Ventura ca

    I find it so interesting that the man who yells "flip flop" more than any beachgoer decides the 16 month plan is workable. This guy REALLY needs to RETIRE! Obama's plan has been embraced by all these folks (including king george) and they just try to put a different spin on it.
    CHANGE is on the way!
    OBAMA 08!

    July 29, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. McCain's a flop

    McCain supporters, WHAT DO YOU SEE IN HIM? He's an ill-tempered, low-energy old man, and he's breaking down right in front of our eyes. He's a slow learner that can't keep up with events. He does not understand economics or constitutional law. He's a liar who casually denies things he's said and done on the record. He flip-flops frequently, on very serious stuff. He is in total agreement with Bush tax policy, Bush oil policy, Bush war policy, Bush veteran policy, hell he probably consults Bush' s daily diet for clues about what to eat.

    If you support McCain, do like he does – flip flop, and vote for Obama. The world needs a flip from the flop of Bush-McCain.

    July 29, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  22. kendall

    This guys flops around worse than a fish, who supports this guy, he will change his mind again once in office

    July 29, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. Former Republican

    I thought You would rather loose a political campaign rather than loose a war? Why the pandering McCain? I'm never wearing FLIP FLOPS after this b/c it reminds me of how inconsistent you when it comes to this election. You just pander and pander. Ist, you know how to win wars, You know Maliki, you know everybody, and now, you more or less agree with OBAMA. OBAMA has never said lets leave regardless of conditions on the ground. He just placed more priority on the fact we should not be there and our mentality should not be to stay there for 100 years, but to leave as soon as possible, and that is now what you're saying.

    July 29, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  24. ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    Hmmm..............................

    July 29, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  25. RML

    Now I am thoroughly convinced John McCain will say anything to get elected. He seriously scares me.

    July 29, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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