September 14th, 2007
06:31 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain urges voters to support the troops and mission

LONDONDERRY, New Hampshire (CNN) - Sen. John McCain's, R-Arizona, last visit on his New Hampshire "No Surrender" tour culminated with his fervent message that defeat in Iraq was not an option.

"I believe we can and we must and we will prevail," the presidential hopeful said before a crowd of New Hampshire war veterans and supporters Friday.

Sen. McCain, a Vietnam War veteran and former prisoner of war, has been criticized for his steadfast support for the Iraq war. Yet his campaign gained traction this week following Gen. David Petraeus’ testimony on the success of the Iraqi troop surge.

"I think we have to understand that frustration is bred by the failure of almost four years. Now we have a winning strategy. We can and must succeed," McCain said.

Sporting a Naval Academy baseball hat, Sen. McCain, who has two sons in uniform, implored the audience to continue to support the troops as well as their mission. "It's wonderful to say I support the troops. It's not really so wonderful if they're going to be defeated."

He added that withdrawal from Iraq would lead to "greater sacrifice of American blood and treasure" and urged the crowd to not allow the sacrifices of those serving "to be in vain."

- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla

Filed under: John McCain • New Hampshire
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. alan ST Louis Mo

    lol what a Bush clone he is. Why dont he have the Bush family adopt him and change his name? Call him Bush the Third.

    September 14, 2007 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  2. karen, orlando, Fl.

    And he wonders why his campaign is in so much trouble??

    September 14, 2007 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  3. anna, Appleton, WI

    I agree with John McCain as far as supporting our troops. The Congress asked for reports from military experts and when they got it they didn't like it so they attacked it. No, I'm not the least bit surprised. Are they any honest politicians left out there??

    September 14, 2007 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  4. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Only the mentally retarded still support this war.Science is getting ready to annihilate the right-wing.It's time to revisit the benchmarks for intellectual proficiency.A twenty point rise would eliminate most of the right-wingers immediately.Let's make a one hundred IQ point minimum to vote.Bush couldn't have become president then.

    September 15, 2007 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  5. Pete, T.S. FL


    I for one am tired of you and the rest of the pro war machine always tying the mission/war to the troops.

    I am, as are most Americans for the troops. Their patriotism and sacrifice is never in question! They do what they are told no matter how they feel.

    Those of us who oppose this war are against you and the administration and all those who refuse to admitt the mistake.

    "W" had an opportunity to destroy those who attacked us instead he went to Iraq. Now Iraq and Afghanistan are worse off and neither is under our control. Our troops are worn out, our equipment is worn out and yet we spend upward of $10 billion per month in Iraq.

    What you and the administration continue to do is a crime against America!

    What happend to you John? I know you cared at one time!

    September 15, 2007 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  6. fedupwithourgov't

    McCain,I totally support the troops but NOT the mission whether you like it or not!!

    Your sales job of the war stinks...just like Bush's.

    Your a warmonger and you want the draft back! You're all about war!!

    You're a disgrace and hard on the eyes to boot!!

    September 15, 2007 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Dixon Benshoof, Des Moines Iowa

    I will be so happy when our representatives do begin supporting the troops. The majority of the dollars spent on this war went to private contractors. ie. Bush/Cheney buddies. Had that money been spent for the troops they would have gone with the proper equipment.

    September 16, 2007 09:09 am at 9:09 am |