July 21st, 2008
03:20 PM ET
13 years ago

New York Times rejects McCain essay

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(CNN) - The New York Times has rejected an op-ed piece written by John McCain defending his Iraq war policy in response to a piece by Barack Obama published in the paper last week.

Read the rejected op-ed

In an e-mail to the McCain campaign, Opinion Page Editor David Shipley said he could not accept the piece as written, but would be “pleased, though, to look at another draft.”

“Let me suggest an approach,” he wrote. “The Obama piece worked for me because it offered new information (it appeared before his speech); while Senator Obama discussed Senator McCain, he also went into detail about his own plans. It would be terrific to have an article from Senator McCain that mirrors Senator Obama's piece.”

McCain’s rejected op-ed had been a lengthy critique of Obama’s positions on Iraq policy, particularly his view of the surge. “Senator Obama seems to have learned nothing from recent history,” wrote McCain, criticizing Obama’s call for an early withdrawal timeline. “I find it ironic that he is emulating the worst mistake of the Bush administration by waving the ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner prematurely.”

Obama’s July 14 essay had taken shots at McCain for not further encouraging the Iraqi government to take control of the country.

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soundoff (266 Responses)
  1. pamela

    I'm a firm Obama supporter, and a regular reader of the New York Times. I also think the Times should have printed McCain's article, which I just read. Yes it's biased and unbalanced and yes McCain has bungled his facts. But it is the Times's job to print a major political figure's opinion, and then let the readers decide if they agree or not. Isn't that what an op-ed page is for? After all, they print Bill Krystal's column ever week, and he is just as far right, and often as wrong and out of context, as McCain.

    July 21, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. Ted

    Judgement day is coming if people don't hop off the Obama marketing bandwagon and realize what he is and how his policies will destroy the fabric of American life.

    Vote for security in November – Vote McCain.

    July 21, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. F W

    If John McCain had his way, we'd still be fighting in Vietnam.

    Does McCain not realize that victory has to include the Iraqis standing up for themselves and not being dependent on the US?

    If now–at the time of the lowest level of violence since the beginning of the war–is not the time to test the the capacity of the Iraqis to secure their own counrty, then when will be the time?

    July 21, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. Basilone

    I learned a long time ago in very hard places and situations that "Flashy" was not always better than "Boring."

    McCain criticized the tactic and troop levels from the start. Never has he suggested 'more of the same." The "surge" worked because of sound troop levels and tactics.

    The US will get the president and congress it deserves.

    July 21, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. Jennifer

    who wants to hear mccain's constant railing? Gives us something to think about, not just how Obama is wrong...

    July 21, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. David Peter

    McCain never had anything positive to offer the American people, just baseless criticism. That's why The Times rejected his hate speech.

    July 21, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. Obama '08

    The McCain, this is not FIX News, take your attacks eleswhere and present some real solutions instead of more of the same!


    July 21, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. TJ

    I support Obama, but even I have to say that this is ridiculously shameless bias from NYT

    July 21, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. Voter

    Who reads the NY Times anyway. They are trying to increase readership by generating controversy.. Gee... now I must go read McCain's article to see what he has to say about Nobama. Vote for Ron Paul.
    McCain attacked Nobama because everyone already knows McCain's Iraq policy.. Stay in Iraq for 99 years. He said it clearly. How much clearer can he get? His choice is to have a base like we do in Korea and Germany and Okinawa.. To ensure stability in that part of the world. And have control over the oil and Iran.

    July 21, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. Will-South Dakota

    What does the time table for withdrawl by the Iraqi government do to McCains 100 year war plans?

    July 21, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. Lesley

    McCain's op-ed piece isn't news at all, but a forum for McCain's attacks. Those kinds of tactics worked against him in the 2000 election and he's hoping they will work for him this year. I believe that people this time will be checking facts and listening to the candidates put forth their agendas before deciding, not relying on attack ads. The problem with McCain's new strategy is that he isn't putting out as much as he is attacking. He talks more about Obama than the Obama campaign. I get confused about his message because he devotes so much of his "ad" time to his opponent. He couldn't even go on late night tv, have a few laughs and go home without critizing Obama. Give it a rest for at least 20 minutes! If the American public elects on the basis of attack ads like we've done for the last two elections, then we get what we deserve.

    July 21, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. Ex-democrat

    That is bologne. The media has been brain washed. God help us!

    July 21, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. Mike

    It's about time the media called out McCain.

    Does anybody know what his position on ANYTHING is?

    We just know that he doesn't like any of Obama's positions.

    July 21, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Kathy

    Come on, John McCain writing. You mean, he had someone write for him. So we missed someone else's words, not John let-me-stand-closer-to-you-Bush McSame.

    July 21, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. Former GOP

    This is yet another example of McCain trying to win this election based on his POW status. He has not real plan other then to keep the current Bush plan, instead of telling us what he plans to do he wants to bash Obama.

    July 21, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. me

    Well, there has been no better example of biased journalism. Give nobama free press and reject it for McCain. And for you nobama idiots posting, you'd have more credibility if you'd learn to spell.

    July 21, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. Ex-democrat

    That is unacceptable. The media has been brain washed.

    July 21, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. Dan

    Is Senator Obama really saying anything new himself? Almost everyone in the democratic side had said the same thing about Iraq. Only those closely tied to the administration is contradicting it.

    The difference is Obama appears to say it better – deliver it better.

    July 21, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. HavingFun

    Retired Marine, is that all you can do. Pick on people's name like some middle school kid !! ridiculous..Did you forget to bring back something from your previous war zone..like your lobes perhaps.

    July 21, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. Cynthia - Arkansas

    I am glad the New York Times refuses to be a mouth piece for the worst candidate in history. All he can do is attack Obama, while having no ideas of his own. He takes credit for the surge like it was his idea. I think military people a little higher up would make those decisions. Don't you think? His campaign has had nothing but parrots out all weekend saying the exact same thing. It's really getting old.(No pun intended) McSame is really getting desperate and it will only get worse. Negative, Negative...that 's all he has.

    July 21, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  21. What if?

    Some are questioning the amount of coverage Obama is receiving during his trips to Iraq, Iran and the other Countries, wasn’t this what McSain constantly bullied and slandered Obama about during the primaries and every chance he gets at the Town Hall meetings were he speaks.

    Now that Obama has excepted McSane constantly bullied and slandered arguments by traveling to these countries, McSane now realize that Obama’s has taken away his so called negative leverage. His bulling and toting has back fired and he can’t fool the voters anymore during his speeches, is now upset with the New York Time.

    The New York Times has asked him to submit an article they would approve, within that article request the New York Times stated the article would have to articulate, in concrete terms, how Senator McCain defines victory in Iraq. It would also have to lay out a clear plan for achieving victory — with troops levels, timetables and measures for compelling the Iraqis to cooperate”, this is now said to be a demand by the New York Times.

    Watch out McSane and camp you’re showing a sign of desperation. Is this being considered a demand because the New York Times is asking for an article with a degree of honesty?

    Obama 08

    July 21, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. Juice

    It's looking like Obama will set the standard and McSame will react, attack, then check his facts. It does seems lately that McSame has been carrying out a smear campaign. I think it's because he realizes he's going to lose the election slowly but surely.

    July 21, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  23. keesa


    July 21, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |

    And the media bias CONTINUES

    God help this country!!!!!!!!

    July 21, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. Nia - Phoenix, AZ

    ...wait...I'm a little confused. But Didn't McFlightSuit say last week that we won in Iraq? Did something happen over the weekend to where we are back at sqaure one? tisk...tisk...amature hour at camp Mccain...

    July 21, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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