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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Related: McCain says voters should not be concerned about his health


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soundoff (420 Responses)
  1. jeff

    hahaha John please give up! you are not going to win. this is getting better and better...

    Obama 08

    July 29, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. marvinj

    McCain admit you were wrong on your vote for this war ...Your vote counted...No vote for war no withdrawal needed. When will McCain admit he used poor judgment? He states he made his decision based on the information provided at the time ....Who would have some of the best first hand information to decide with, YES the committee he sit on, he's ranking member of the Armed Services committee.

    McCain should thank Sen. Obama for his leadership that has lead McCain and bush to start to see there war in a different light..

    NO VOTE FOR the Iraq war no discussion.... Poor judgment military
    vet. or not.....

    July 29, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. Walter, Long Beach

    One word for this:

    COWARD!

    If I were permitted a second word, it would be:

    LIAR!

    July 29, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. SMOQ

    PEOPLE –UM DO YOU REALIZE THAT 45 MILLION AMERICANS DO NOT HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE RIGHT NOW AND MANY OF THESE ARE SELF EMPLOYED PEOPLE , TRUCK DRIVERS, HOME HELATH TECHINCIANS AND THE LIKE, OBAMA'S PLAN TO REDUCS COSTS AND THE LIKE COULD ROLL THIS NUMBER DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY–PLS NOTE MCCAIN WIL CHANGE NOTHING AND THE CURRENT STATUS QUO OF FEND FOR YOURSELF WHILE WE BAIL OUT CORPORATE AMERICA WILL BE THE SAME. AS FAR AS ENERGY, I BELEIVE WE NEED A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND ACTION ASAP, WE MUST INVEST IN AND BUILD INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ALTERNATIVE ENERGY, THROUGHOUT HISTORY OUR GOVERNMENT HAS LED THE WAY TO INNOVATION VIA THE TAX SYSTEM AND OTHER INCENTIVES. SO YES TAXES MY GO UP GENERALLY, BUT THAT IS A SMALL PRICE TO PAY FOR US TO SET IN MOTION THE NEEDED CHANGES SO THAT WE/AMERICANS DO NTO HAVE TO EVER PAY 10 -30 DOLLARS A GALLON FOR GAS, AT THE RATE WE ARE GOING, WITHOUT CHANGE, WE COULD EASILY HIT THAT MARK IN 10 TO 15YEARS MORE OF WAR.....
    THINK ABOUT IT........THIS INNOVATION WILL ALSO CREATE JOBS SILLY

    July 29, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. LT, NY

    This doddering old fart will never bring change to America. He seriously needs to go and take care of his health...seriously.

    July 29, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Lola

    Who is the real flip flop here????
    Obama did not know and did know Rezko,
    Obama did not hear and has heard Rev Wright’s hate speeches for 20 years
    Obama support and against NAFTA
    Obama support public financing and will not support it.
    The line will go on and one need to say more????

    July 29, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. Janice

    I can't wait 'till school starts again so all of the juvenile Obama posters will be back in Junior High.

    July 29, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. JOHN

    FINALLY, CNN DECIDED TO POST MCCAINS 16 MONTH TIMETABLE. THATS HOW THE MEDIA TAKES CARE OF MCCAIN. MCCAIN SAID THAT A 16 MONTH TIMETABLE WAS A PRETTY GOOD IDEA ACCORDING TO CONDITIONS ON THE GROUND DURING A INTERVIEW WITH WOLF BLITZER LAST FRIDAY. CNN IS JUST PUTTING THIS ON THE WEBSITE FRONT PAGE AS IF THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME MCCAIN MADE THIS FLIP FLOP. IF IT HAD BEEN OBAMA IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE WEBSITE AND TALK ON EVERY CNN SHOW BUT SINCE ITS MCCAIN HIS FLIP FLOPS OR CONTROVERSIAL STATEMENTS GET SWEPT UNDER THE CARPET UNTIL HE MAKES SO MANY ITS IMPOSSIBLE TO IGNORE. MY QUESTION TO CNN IS, WHY WASN'T MCCAINS FIRST STATEMENT OF 16 MONTHS A PRETTY GOOD TIME TABLE DURING THE WOLF BLITZER INTERVIEW REPORTED ON EVERY TALK SHOW OR ON THE FRONT PAGE OF YOUR WEBSITE LIKE OBAMA'S STORIES ARE?

    July 29, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. VA

    seems as though mccain has REFINED his position... what a hypocrite

    by the way, nice shot of his melanoma, CNN

    July 29, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. beevee

    The flip-flopper is now saying what Obama has been saying for a long time. Who has the better judgement?

    July 29, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. Jimmy in NYC

    McCain is following Obama's ideas. Does America want a leader or another round of 'Cheney, you are the smart one what do I do?'
    I am voting for the smart real Straight Talking Leader-Barack Obama!

    July 29, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. LT, NY

    The look on his face when he told that reporter he would not take her question, and turned to someone else was scary.

    Here is a man who couldn't do the basic things he wanted to do for 5 years. Now the American people are about to give him the most powerful job in the world, where he has his finger on the button. That's even more ridiculous than voting for the "decider", George Bush, which happens to be

    July 29, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. Carl from MI

    I think McCain and his Double-Talk Express should have pulled a Dubya and stuck by his guns with his '100 years in Iraq'. Such strategy has worked out fine for Dubya, why not McCain too? Why would McCain want to 'Cut & Run' in 16 months?

    Republicans... something is obviously wrong with your Presidential Candidate!!! Oh wait... he's old and forgetful!!

    July 29, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. Larry

    July 29th, 2008 11:26 am ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    The look on his face when he told that reporter he would not take her question, and turned to someone else was scary.

    Here is a man who couldn't do the basic things he wanted to do for 5 years. Now the American people are about to give him the most powerful job in the world, where he has his finger on the button. That's even more ridiculous than voting for the "decider", George Bush, which happens to be THE WORST PRESIDENT IN MODERN HISTORY.

    July 29, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. Wayne PHILLIPS

    McCain's plan to stay in Iraq forever and have permanent bases in Iraq like what we have in Japan and Germany is a losing argument. After telling us that Obama just doesnt get it he now adopts Obama's withdrawal plan. A plan Obama has touted for several years now. McCain said 50 to 100 years, to victory and withdrawl by 2013 to it doesnt matter when they come home so long as we dont have casualties...and finally...16 months sounds fine. Now Obama has ALWAYS said as careful getting out as we were careless getting in. So its not a hard and fast 16 months. Adjustments will need to be made as we withdrawl. McCain is trying to recharacterize Obamas plan as being a 16 month pull out no matter what happens.

    McCain you are a liar just like Bush. I hope to you lose.

    July 29, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. paul oregon

    hand this man another oar hes he seems to be having a senor moment. maybe him an hillary could get together then they atleast have 2 oars. and go whinning off into the sunset.

    July 29, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  17. Kristy in Georgia

    I can't imagine why he's changed his mind. Maybe it's that 60%+ Americans think the troops need to come home ASAP. Maybe it's that the Iraqi government supports Obama's timetable. Maybe it's that he and his campaign staff are realizing you just can't win with a 100-year strategy in Iraq. Whatever the reason, the guy is redefining Flip-Flopper.

    July 29, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Where's TEXAS TRAIL DOG'S comment?

    Can't wait to read his moronic response to this.
    All other McLame supporters posts aren't stupid enough.

    And CNN moderator, you can censor this as well.
    Atleast YOU will have read my post HAHAHAHAHAHHAH!

    OBAMA 2008/2012

    July 29, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  19. Remy

    Many here tell that McCain is a flip flopper but I notice McCain is a follower of Barack Obama in every policy initiatives. Anyway it is good for America and to the world peace.

    Why cannot McCain become the VP to Obama? hahahaha

    July 29, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  20. Texas trail puppy!

    Scott, Phoenix July 29th, 2008 9:56 am ET

    Other than his mouth,, can you Obama fans name one thing he has ever run?

    Hey Scotty, Well one thing for sure is that he is running a really BRILLIANT Campaign if your if your level of cluelessness is any indication of what is happening in the McSame Camp.
    Obama '08

    July 29, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  21. Frank

    This senile old liar can't figure out what to say. He wants to be on both sides of the biggest foreign affairs issue of our times.

    And when it comes to domestic affairs, he wants to refer all questions to his economic adviser, whoever that is today.

    The problem with electing McCain is that he isn't an empty suit like Romney. He's an empty head like Bush. The same crowd of thieves and liars would be in charge because we would (once again) have a president whose "not all there."

    July 29, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  22. Alisha(Independent voter) MN

    Pander Pander-Panderbear McShame!

    July 29, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  23. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    RJ, CA

    . . . . ummm....BITTER MUCH?

    July 29, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  24. Former Republican

    The republican analyst are counting on the Youth not showing up this year, they're mockingly declaring OBAMAs youth power as not important. They have a point b/c I didn't vote the last election, and that was my 1st chance to vote for president. But this year, when it matters the most , LETS PROVE THEM WRONG. Lets get OUT THERE and let our voices be heard. This election is about US, not about the seniors in their 60s who are retired or about to. There's no telling of how worse the economy will be if we let the seniors elect another BUSH. They are less likely to feel the effects of another bush for 8 years than we are. I respect them but MANY OF THEM are less tolerant and too stuck in their ways to vote for a candidate that don't look like them. We, the youth are the Future. We are more tolerant and have met and worked with people from all works of life. So please, get out and vote like you did in the primaries. This is our OUR FUTURE , THIS IS OUR MOMENT, THIS IS OUR TIME, GO REGISTER NOW and LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD!!!!
    BTW: my family is traditionally republican, and my grandparents are voting for McCain, But I realize this is more important to me than them.

    July 29, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  25. G, Margate, FL

    McShame is finally right just bring the troops home, he is too old he can't think straight therefore he has to steal other people ideas.

    BO 08

    July 29, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
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