September 13th, 2007
06:40 AM ET
16 years ago

McCain promises to ‘get’ bin Laden

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, vowed Wednesday that if he were president he would “get” Osama bin Laden.

“As president of the United States I will get him,” McCain said. “I’ll bring bin Laden to justice, I promise you.”

The comments came during an event at an AmVets Hall in Iowa, a stop on the senator’s “No Surrender” tour across the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.

Referring to bin Laden’s ability to reach millions of potential followers through his videos, McCain said, “Do not underestimate the influence of Osama bin Laden. That’s why I say we have to get him.”

When asked who or what is to blame for the fact that bin Laden is still free, McCain cited a failure of U.S. intelligence capabilities and the Clinton administration’s failure to attack “when they knew where he was.”

“I’m sorry to tell you that our human intelligence capabilities are still very badly lacking,” he added.

-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Patrick, Bartlesville Oklahoma

    I'm a McCain supporter and will most likely vote for him but I don't understand this comment. If he knows how to get him tell Bush to follow your plan. Tell us specific steps of what you would do to get OBL that is different from what is being done now.

    September 13, 2007 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  2. J. Newberry, St. Louis MO

    John McCain is still fighting the Vietnam war. Trying to make up for the failures of of that mess, he wants a "WIN" in our column no matter what the cost.
    Wake up John! We lost the war in Vietnam and we have lost the war in Iraq. It's time the USA got out of the military business and quit trying to rule the world.

    September 14, 2007 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  3. Faiza, Los Angeles, CA

    “As president of the United States I will get him,” McCain said. “I’ll bring bin Laden to justice, I promise you.”

    So did President Bush and he really didn't deliver on that one. Granted I didn't think he would but make a new promise that you know you can actually keep, McCain!

    September 14, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Alan St Louis MO

    hmm Promise to get Bin Laden laughing to hard it hurts Well if he was living in your basement all this time, then I could believe this promise.

    September 14, 2007 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  5. Nate, Minneapolis, MN

    Dear Daniel "o"...

    "At least Obama has the common sense to clearly see we are fighting the wrong war in the wrong place"

    Does the "o" stand for Oh My Goodness I can't believe you're defending Osama Bin Laden and attacking US Senators?

    Although I realize this isn't unusual in the Leftist US crowd.

    September 14, 2007 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
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