July 18th, 2008
01:48 PM ET
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McCain predicts 'spectacular' terror attempts in Iraq

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/18/art.mccainterror.ap.jpg caption="McCain said he expects terror attempts to increase in Iraq."](CNN) - John McCain said Friday he expects the presidential election this fall will increase the occurrence of "spectacular" terror attempts in Iraq.

Speaking at a General Motors facility in Warren, Michigan, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate touted the decrease of violence in Iraq, but said Al Qaeda is not yet defeated there.

"I predict that they will make an attempt as we get in to the election season to make more of these spectacular kinds of attacks which they're still capable of doing," he said. "The suicide bombers, et cetera, would not surprise me and we've already found out that they're going to try and step up their attacks and try and do things in a more spectacular fashion so that they can erode the support of the Maliki government."

Watch: McCain predicts terrorist attempt during election season

The comments come a day after the Arizona senator appeared to make a rhetorical shift in how he described conditions the war-torn country, telling reporters aboard his campaign bus that "we have succeeded in Iraq."

"I repeat my statement that we have succeeded in Iraq. Not 'We are succeeding.' We have succeeded in Iraq," he said Thursday.

Last month, senior McCain advisor Charlie Black stirred controversy in an interview with Fortune Magazine, when he touted the Republican presidential candidate's national security credentials and said another terrorist attack on the United States would likely boost his White House chances.

McCain repudiated those comments, and Black later apologized.

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soundoff (337 Responses)


    July 18, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. Mike - Texas

    I dissagree with McCain.

    I think that they will wait until AFTER the elections, maybe as long as 3 months.

    After all, it happend to both Bush and Clinton and don't foreget JFK's missles of October.

    July 18, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Becky


    July 18, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. THE ONLY DEM who can lose in NOV

    The democrats are terrified at the travesty of justice of going forward with an installed nominee.

    We are terrified of the death of our democratic process and the birth of tactics of race-baiting, hatred at fellow democrats, insults and threats to subvert the process and to force a nominee on the party.

    True democrats will stand firm and oppose the election of the demagogue, Obama.

    Nothing else matters if democracy and freedom are lost to tyranny.

    July 18, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. ejc

    Same old story from the republicans...they can't win an election the right way....loosers!

    July 18, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. Torra

    You can't blame him, it worked for George Bush. In fact I think GW is going to purposefully do something that will scare the public, so they can vote for John McCain in November. It won't work with most people, but some people are so gullible.

    Obama 08

    July 18, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Oh! The Irony

    What in the......?

    I am in a state of "confusement"...lol

    Have we succeeded or are we expecting spectacular attacks from those which we have succeeded against?

    McCain has one bearing left and that's about lost as well.

    July 18, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. Tony

    John McCain, more like Bush now than ever.

    Using fear tactics of another terrorist attack to get elected. Continually criticizing his trip abroad and even going so far as to insuate that he is a Socialist.

    John McCain is a desperate man, knows this is his last shot at the presidency and, like Bush, will lie cheat or steal to win.

    VOTE DEMOCRAT and clear out these republicans once and for all (or for at least the next 8 yers). It will take 80 years to recover from G.W. Bush!

    July 18, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. CW4Barak

    All in all, McBush is sooo jealous and in fear that Obama is going to be such as success overseas! He wished he was getting all this attention going abroad. He knows that only the press who are trying to stay on his Bar-b-q list care to cover his boring, much the same like Bush campaign. That's why he is going to be saying all these things about war, and fake terror threats to try to stay relevant!

    July 18, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. True

    Confused is right. My friends are we succeeding ?or have we succeeded in Iraq, that is the question, I think, or uh, I can win wars, err...honey, where are my pills?

    McCain = Bush

    July 18, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Informed Voter

    ARB July 18th, 2008 2:20 pm ET

    why is everyone on here an obama supporter? Just the mere sound of obama's voice makes me wanna puke.
    You Idiot .. We are not Obama Support .... We are Democratic Supporters/Voters/Electorate .......

    Obama supporters were for the Primaries ... We are now in the G.E ... Democratic Party vs Republican Party ... Fool

    July 18, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |


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