July 22nd, 2007
08:35 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain: "I will not discuss the campaign"

McCain was in Iowa on Sunday

URBANDALE, Iowa (CNN)–At a press conference at his Iowa headquarters Sunday, John McCain told supporters and the press, as he's done before, that he is done discussing the campaign.

"I will answer any question except that," the GOP presidential candidate told a group of reporters. "I am happy about the state of our campaign. We will do fine... I will not discuss it any further as much as you want me to."

McCain said he was in the Hawkeye state to thank his supporters for their help and to tell them the campaign is doing 'great.'

"I'm very happy as to how we're going to do, and I'm very confident that we will win in Iowa."

McCain has come under some criticism for not spending enough time in the early caucus state of Iowa. Senior adviser to the campaign Chuck Larson said the last time the Arizona senator made a stop in the state was early June.
He told reporters he expects another stop Iowa in early August.

"Our organization in the state is very, very strong," Larson told CNN. When asked if he expects the staff that's in place now to remain with the campaign for good, Larson said, "I do yeah. Oh yeah."

Currently, there are six full-time McCain staff members in Iowa, down from what used to be 15. Almost all of the communications staff left the campaign in early July.

Before McCain opened the event up to reporters, he began by commenting on Tuesday's all-night debate over troop withdrawal from Iraq, something he likely knew would not be the subject of many questions.

"It was a joke and waste of the taxpayers' money," he said. "We can not set a date for withdrawal, and if we do, it will guarantee failure and it will guarantee the loss of additional brave young Americans' lives. I will hold that stand no matter what, and that is the correct stand for the future of this mission."

- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Iowa • John McCain • Race to '08
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. San Diego

    I love and respect John McCain as a great American hero. That said, I think he lost his mind a few years ago and become a tool of the Tush Regime. John, retire. You have served your country exceptionally well. Now it's time to sit on the porch and sip a mint julep while looking at the trees, because I don't think there's much more you are capable of anymore. Love ya, Johnny. Please retire now.

    July 23, 2007 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  2. Penna.

    I don't want to talk about your campaign either!! You'd be another disaster for this country!

    Pack it up, go home, and get help for your anger issues.

    As an Independent, I'm with Ron Paul.

    July 23, 2007 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. Seymore Ft Kent Maine

    Here's a good career lesson for other RINO republicans like McCain: If you keep thumbing your nose at your political base (Senators Snowe and Collins and others are notorious for this kind of behavior) then you will find yourself out in the cold, politically speaking. Learn this lesson well, and you will be a better politician. Sheesh, isn't this a basic political rule?

    July 23, 2007 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. Anonymous

    I agree with Penna, I'm with Ron Paul.

    July 23, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |