July 3rd, 2007
03:22 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain in Iraq for July fourth

This is McCain's sixth trip to Iraq.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Arizona Sen. John McCain arrived in Iraq on Tuesday and met with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, an official with the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad told CNN.

On the first day of his trip, McCain, who is traveling with South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, with met with Multi-National Forces officials in Anbar province. McCain told reporters about his anticipated trip last Friday, saying that he "would rather spend the 4th of July with the men and women in Iraq than anywhere else in the world."

McCain received heavy criticism during his last trip to the war-torn country in April after saying that he felt safe walking around an outdoor market in Baghdad. He later apologized for the comments.

This is McCain's sixth trip to Iraq.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Iraq • John McCain
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Robert Cadalso, NYC, NY

    Oh, how thoughtful of Mr. McCain to spend the holiday with the troops.

    How about being truthful about the state of the Iraq mess and cast his vote to end this mess?

    July 3, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Homofthbrav

    John McCain,

    The most qualified candidate and best possible choice for the next US President.

    July 3, 2007 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Donnie Gosch Pearland, Texas

    A true American hero that I am proud of. It is a good thing that he is spending time with the troops. I am glad he is not semi-retarded like the other left half of the country is. This war is vital to the safety and security of this great country. Unfortunately peace is not possible without war.

    July 3, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. Zac, Pullman, Washington

    While Mr. McCain would never get my vote for president I have more respect for him then any candidate that is running. He has shown unrelenting support for our troops, and numerous times made the trip to Iraq, unlike all other candidates that sit on their large piles of cash thinking about the best way to answer questions that wont make them lose any votes.

    What is wrong with the people of our country? We are more obsessed with the Two Party system then with who actually will do something for us, the average American Citizen. What worries do they have, ensured of large paychecks and security for life. They don't have the everyday worries that the majority of this country has. They are protected, not at risk to terrorists attacks. They have health insurance, can easily afford to send their kids to college, don't have to worry about the impact of illegal imigrants on their everyday lives, they are set. Why does the upperclass represent the majority of this country? If you have lots of money does that mean you will make the best choices for this country or do the best job?

    I come from a farming community in Washington. I'm a fulltime college student and I hold a fulltime job along with that. I have no health insurance, I will come out of college in debt like the average student today. My friends are across the world protecting our freedom. I am so disgusted with our current and future politicians. What can I do? What can I say? Absolutely nothing.

    July 3, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Michael J. Stevko, Philadelphia, PA

    Knowing the political stakes and strategy of this man, he is being underestimated. Being a Navy veteran and ardent supporter, critics should not overlook the role of the fighting spirit in McCain's campaign.

    Cadalso, cast his vote to end this mess? And then what? Shall we withdraw troops from Italy, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Guam and other nations when the going gets tough? Where the is the American sensce of dedication to duty, of sacrifice?

    Assessing strategy during wartime is always a wise maneuver, and retreat is not a sign of cowerdice, but surrender certainly is. Godspeed Senator McCain.

    July 3, 2007 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. Mike Cheel, Tampa FL

    This guy will say anything to get a vote. What he should have done is voted against the war and spent his 4th of July with them here. Maybe take them to see 'the hand of God' in the Grand Canyon or something. Hand of God

    July 3, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. spirhed33, SF CA

    There can be no doubt as to the sincerity of his support for the troops. He's always commended them for their hard and very dangerous work. While I disagree with him on his social issues and will therefore probably not vote for him, I stand with him in honoring the military for that kind of sacrifice.

    July 3, 2007 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  8. AzHummingbird, Yuma, Az.

    It is all well and good for Sen. McCain to go to Iraq, but I would have liked him better if he hadn't said he felt safe in Baghdad, and then apologized. He, like so many others, should have voted NO to the war! We need someone with some guts leading our country.

    July 4, 2007 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  9. Mike, Corpus Christi Texas

    Well, by all means if you want an international failed policy to continue then support McCain, or for that matter support Guiliani or Thompson. You want to see another Vietnam, then you got the right GOP canditates to do it. You want another 15 years of conflict at the cost of another 59,000 American lives, then Go For It!!

    July 4, 2007 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |