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. Mattk

    Biggest flip flopper ever. McCains pandering and lack of ideas to solve problems sickens me. He seems to be auditioning for a job in the Obama administration.

    July 29, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. Sane John

    "Obama would be the biggest mistake this country has made since Jimmy Carter. Obama will tax the American people, ruin health care, not drill for oil, get cozy with terrorists, and the list goes on."

    When you make stuff up, the list can go on forever.

    "McCain would be the biggest mistake this country has made since George Bush. McCain will tax the American people, continue Bush's rampant spending habits, do nothing about health care that doesn't benefit the insurance companies, ignore alternative forms of energy, give huge subsidies to the oil companies that will do nothing to lower oil prices, fight the terrorists wherever they aren't, eat babies, ignore threats, fly off the handle with foreign leaders, and the list goes on."

    See how easy that was!

    July 29, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  3. JJ

    It will be a sad day in America if McCain is our next POTUS. He will extend Bush's tax cuts, get rid of affirmative action, appoint judges to the Supreme Court to overturn Roe vs. Wade, and continue this senseless war in Iraq.

    God Bless America!

    July 29, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. 17 year old future politician

    And republicans say Obama has no substance, yet leaders in your party already followed 3 of Obama's plans. (Meet to talk with our enemies-we joined an Iranian meeting, boost our troop numbers in Afghanistan-Bush did that after Obama's been suggesting it for years, and now the 16 month time-table...Obama has great judgment people...

    And I bet all of these McCain supporters are now all-of-a-sudden gonna be for the 16 month withdrawal that they strongly opposed just yesterday

    July 29, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. Matt from NY

    I'll bet that the comments for this post will close in minutes and it will get buried at the bottom of the pile by the end of the day.

    HOW CAN THIS NOT BE BREAKING NEWS??? McCain and his campaign have made not pulling out on a timetable the focus of their Iraq policy. So now he supports a timetable that is almost exactly like Obama's????

    CNN.... Please do not bury this post or this article and give it the coverage it deserves.

    July 29, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. j gannon

    Flip, flap... flop!

    July 29, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  7. welches, oregon

    Well, this proves it – it's so funny to watch the current administration and McSame suddenly change their policies to mirror what Obama has said all along. Obama has the best judgment. Clearly McSame has none. I can't wait to watch Papa Smurf blow his top during one of the upcoming debates.

    July 29, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  8. Ame

    Obama would be the biggest mistake this country has made since Jimmy Carter. Obama will tax the American people, ruin health care, not drill for oil, get cozy with terrorists, and the list goes on.

    =====================================================

    Have you soon forgotten GW Bush is going down as the worst president in US history? And Americans thought Bush would be a better president than McCain? This means McCain would even be worse than Bush.

    I`d rather chose the lesser of the two evils. No more McBush no more republicans.

    Obama 08

    July 29, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. McArsenic

    i am starting to believe the GOP selected John McCain specifically to lose the GE. how on earth could they have chosen some one as inept as he? John McCain fails on every front, he has no position on any issue, his only means of campaign is attack or surge, he has flip flopped and gaffed with endless precision, his health is in shambles, known corruptions, has lobbyist (Mr. Black still lobbying) running his campaign, John McCain has presented NO solutions just spewing untruths at Obama. why would the RNC select this guy to run for their party? he has FAILED his first wife, fellow POWs, the crew of the USS Forrestal 7/29/67, and the American people....lets NOT reward FAILURE

    July 29, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. Greg, NY

    E. Scott July 29th, 2008 9:30 am ET

    Obama would be the biggest mistake this country has made since Jimmy Carter. Obama will tax the American people, ruin health care, not drill for oil, get cozy with terrorists, and the list goes on.

    Your list is flawed.

    First of all, the biggest mistake since Jimmy Carter is George W. Bush.

    Obama will only raise taxes on the American people that make over 200,000 a year, if you fall into that bracket, then you can afford it.

    Obama will make sure health care is affordable for everyone and mandate it for children, if that's ruining it then I don't want it to be unruined as it is now.

    McCain won't drill for oil either, are you nuts? He won't be out there doing the drilling so why would you think Obama would be out there himself? That aside, Obama will make sure that America finds it's way out of the oil addiction, go read both candidates engergy policies and decide.

    As for getting cozy with terrorists... Obama has had the right plan to go after them in Afghanistan this whole time, McCain is just now starting to realize that Obama was right.

    Thanks for playing!

    July 29, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    I do not think McCain is flip-flopping, per se.

    He is adjusting his stance before the inevitable accusations of seeking a Phyrric Victory in Iraq are made by the Democrats. Just wait till after the conventions for the real sparks to start flying on this issue.

    July 29, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. Rob

    Obama now OWNS the foreign policy argument. He obviously has the world's attention. The only problem is the American people's bigotry and fear of not completely white leadership.

    July 29, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. LaShanda

    I'm confused! Didn't he just tell Wolf Blitzer on Monday that he was against it? This guy is the epitome of a flip-flopper!

    July 29, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. Scott, Phoenix

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

    July 29, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  15. Anne

    lol Obama 2008!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  16. FactCheck

    At the current rate of flip-flopping, by the end of the summer, McCain will probably insist that he was opposed to the war in first place.

    July 29, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  17. Chris

    hum...now who is flipping?
    What we can all gather from this is that John McCain and not Obama will say and do whatever it takes to get in the White House. When the gas prices are up, what did he say "Gas tax holiday". Now that they are down what is he saying "oh let drill here at home". Now this. it just goes to show he will say and do whatever to get the job of President. McCain for all his military and public service, is just a pandering and he lack judgment!!!
    If Americans put this man in the White House then folks who voted for him will get their just rewards!!!

    July 29, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  18. Will, NJ

    I never thought I'd see the day that McCain would change his position on a subject.

    July 29, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  19. John from Chicago

    McCain may be a flip flopper, but I'm glad he's come to this decision!
    I don't even want to think of this as a political move. All I care about is getting my friends back from Iraq.

    Now that both candidates support withdrawl, I feel optimistic that it will really happen.
    Although I don't support you, McCain, good job on making the right decision... finally.

    July 29, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  20. FactCheck

    > Obama would be the biggest mistake this country has made since
    >Jimmy Carter.

    And I guess George W. Bush was a little accident that we can all sweep under the rug, right? You Republicans have got to be the stupidest sheep on the planet.

    July 29, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  21. Caroline

    Why is McCain allowed to do this????? Obama said he'd be willing to continue to "refine" his policies and the media went nuts. McCain FLIP FLOPS, and they're still kissing his butt. Wow. This is not fair at all.

    July 29, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  22. sarah

    We all know mcshame is a phony. He is only saying this because Obama said it first and it met from approval from the world.

    McCain will duplicate everything Bush did. Did you hear that McShame is making plans to visit Chekoslovakia next week? He also invited Pawlenty as backup, in case he uses a wrong word. Pawlenty loves cleaning up messes McShame makes. LOL

    July 29, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  23. McCain Lies!

    Hey mccain, quick question – the huge oil spill that is costing millions a day, that has stopped traffic on the mississippi, that has permanently ruined the mississippi environmentally, how does that fit in with your strong desire for off shore drilling off our pristine coasts? Great judgement call mccain...NOT! You are unfit to lead this country.

    July 29, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  24. mayahh

    Is this to get a vote... shame on you.. Two tongues, no solid ground...Obama will do it, it is hard to raise a family when your love one is fighting an unnecessary war... WE WILL GET OUT.. Obama for PRESIDENT..

    July 29, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. James Hussein, SC

    Hey E. Scott,

    What's the matter? Are you angry because your candidate was called out? Do you really know who McCain is?

    Flip-Flop flip-flop, SURGE, flip-flop flip-flop, SURGE.

    This is the person sooooo many people want to run our country.

    Traitor, liar, thief, adulterer, and war monger.

    July 29, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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