March 16th, 2008
07:42 AM ET
14 years ago

McCain arrives in Baghdad with fellow senators

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" From left, Sens. John McCain, Joseph Lieberman and Lindsey Graham are seen last week on Capitol Hill."]BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) - Sen. John McCain arrived in Baghdad on Sunday, the U.S. Embassy confirmed, marking his first trip to the war-ravaged nation since becoming the presumed Republican candidate for president.

McCain traveled there with Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and Joseph Lieberman, I-Connecticut, both of whom serve on the Armed Services Committee with McCain, the committee's ranking member.

The visit was unannounced for security reasons, but McCain's office had indicated he planned to go there.

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  1. Juan Grain

    While you are there ask them where the money went??? And that I will trade them my economic stimulus pkg. for theirs.

    March 16, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Albo

    Possibly I have missed it, but since the situation in Iraq began to improve, no Democratic Senator, at least none of the Armed Service Committee, has visited there.

    Could it be that such improvement is not welcome for them, as not convenient for their troop withdrawal stance ???


    March 16, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. Mary - Independent

    I am not impressed. McCain is attempting to be the "good guy" who knows it all – wrong. He is totally clueless on our critical ecomony?
    Illegal Immigration is not a priority with this man. And who wants to continue the Iraq war for the next hundred years? WE DON'T NEED ANOTHER BUSH – O – RAMICS REPUBLICAN TO RUN THIS COUNTRY AND TO HAVE CONSTANT INMATURE FIGHTS WITH CONGRESS! THIS IS NOT HEALING OUR BROKEN GOVERNMENT!

    March 16, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Nobillary Andobama

    Q: How many times has Obama been to Iraq to talk to the troops and Iraqi leadership?

    A: Once (for two days)

    Does that count as "experience"???

    "HOPE"fully not!

    March 16, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. Nobillary Andobama

    While Hillary is pandering to get votes via a song and dance routine (much like her husband with his saxophone back in the good ol' days) radical Islamic terrorists continue to plot our demise in some far off land.

    Sorry Obama…no amount of dressing up in traditional African garb or sitting at a table with Iran/Syria and singing Kumbaya or withdrawing troops from Iraq is ever going change their minds.

    Liberals need to wake up from their isolationist dream and smell the coffee that is the persistent threat of radical Islam….
    National security is the number one issue this election….not universal healthcare and not trying to get the government to bail the irresponsible out of their self-induced economic woes.

    When the 3 a.m. phone call comes for the next Commander in Chief are you sure you want one of the liberals who are both soft on terrorism and inexperienced in the application of a sound National Security Strategy???

    "HOPE" is not a method…only a nice sound bite

    March 16, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. American

    Obama is done. He is down in the polls. The news is finally coming out that he is not fit presidential material.

    Belonging to a hate mongering church for +20 years. How convienent he was not there when any of those hate filled sermons were preached. Maybe he will not be there when the red phone rings.

    He didn't know how dirty Rezko was. Maybe he won't know how dirty those allies are he wants to visit.

    Wake up and smell the roses. OBAMA IS DONE. Finished.

    Do the American people a favor and just quit the race and save your family ( those who attended the hate mongering church also ) a big favor.


    March 16, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. A.M.

    Way to go 'John McCain ... while you and your comrades are there in Iraq with you, why don't you find out what other problems you can solve for 'Iraqis'. And please do not worry, everyhting is great at home here in United States, economy is great, gas prices are falling, job market is booming, so you can spend your time overseas flying around on 'Taxpayers' cost, preparing yourself to beat your chest claiming yourself to be the 'War Hero'.

    It apperas that 'John McCain' is 'war edicted' and can't live without it. To him no other problems at home seems of no importance. Come on! Earth calling 'John McCain', come back to realities of common millions and millions of Americans, leave 'Iraq' to President Bush, he is still our President for few more months.

    If you can get it!

    Houston, Texas

    March 16, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. Fred

    Maybe he is going to go out and greet the people with out troop support. I will put my bet he will not. The guy is a joke.

    March 16, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |

    There you go ... McCain makes a dry-run as president while Hillary Clinton is dragging the Democratic party into devision.

    Barack Obama makes every effort to keep the campaigns civil and the party from braking apart. Hillary Clinton is campaigning against the Democrats as if she would be hoping for a VP position with McCain.
    The truth is she knows that she and her campaign blew it in 2008. All she can do now is to make sure that the stage is set for 2012 ... the Clintons are all strategy. For them it's not about the people or the Democrats. It's about them and their dysfunctional relationship.

    If the superdelegates won't put an end to this soon, the Democratic party will be shattered – because if the Democrats lose in 2008, then they don't deserve to be in power. It's time then for the Independent Force that would rise between 2008 and 2012.

    The superdelegates should have some guts and stop the bleeding!

    McCain is eating the Democrats' lunch – and ones it's gone, it's gone!

    March 16, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. Jay

    The three should stay over there until the war is over. They should walk in the street of Baghdad without protection so that we can finally belive McCain that it is safe to go there. Then he and George Bush sholud talk Rush and his buddies to move over there.

    March 16, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Larry Buchas

    The sequal to the "The Three Stooges."

    March 16, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. Will O

    Joe Lieberman should be the VP in McCain's campaign. Why? Because he isn't Ritt Momney.

    March 16, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. evans o.oseki, norway

    Why not?

    March 16, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. Dave C - N.J.

    "Look at me! I'm in Iraq!"

    Campaign fluff visit.

    March 16, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. firemedia

    The three stooges You figure out who is whoe

    March 16, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. Floridian

    Anyone but MCcain!

    March 16, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. DC

    I don't know why that stupid Liberman doesn't just change parties!!!

    March 16, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. HH

    I wonder if he can shop at the market. Remember the silly remark this clown made, when he said you can walk the streets of Baghdad and when we saw a picture of him he was with 100 troops, 5 helicopters and 2 tanks. What a JOKE.

    March 16, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. safety first, according to pat smith

    Why has the press decided to anounce McCain's presence in Iraq? Isn't that a breach of security? Don't you people even care what happens to our future president? Wake up people and smell the Starbucks fresh roasted coffee, with a dash of espresso.

    Pat Smith
    Palm Springs, CA

    March 16, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. safety first, according to pat smith

    My granddaughter's name is Lindsey Graham. What a coincidence.

    March 16, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. Charlotte

    McCain is doing this to bolster his ability to be commander-in chief. He is using taxpayer money to do this. That does not bode well. Obamas' sense of judgement is certainly in jeopardy. That leaves Hillary the best choice for President!

    March 16, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. OBAMA 08






    March 16, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |