July 22nd, 2008
09:09 AM ET
14 years ago

The day ahead: McCain to keep up Iraq pressure

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(CNN) - John McCain is expected to continue his pressure on Barack Obama over Iraq Tuesday, a day after the Illinois senator visited the war-torn country.

At a town hall in New Hampshire, McCain will continue to target Obama for his initial opposition to the surge policy. The Arizona senator is also slated to again take aim at Obama for what he will say is his rival's continued refusal to acknowledge conditions on the ground have improved.

"He'll make the case that...his refusal to see the success on the ground despite universal agreement among Americans shows that he doesn't have the judgment to move American troops forward to victory – only withdrawal and defeat, because that's all Obama has ever supported," McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said.

Related: With spotlight on Obama, McCain steps up attacks

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (294 Responses)
  1. California Gold

    Seems to me Obama's surge in the polls and with the American voter is the real surge McCain ought to be concerned with.

    July 22, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. Will-South Dakota

    McSame voted for faulty intelligence to go to war(he took Bush's word on it) he voted for a surge, voted against medical care and benefits for veterans, voted for a surge in the wrong country, wants to stay in Iraq for 100 years, says he knows how to win wars....except he was POW for 5 years during the Vietnam war.....how does that qualify him to win a war? Obama has been right all along during the Iraq debate, the Iraqi govenment wants time tables for the US to leave...what does this do to McSames war plans? Do yuou think he has thrown a temper tantrum over the Iraqi's calling for a time table and supporting what Obama has been saying......

    July 22, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. baracomama

    McCain you should just admit with all of your many years of experience you are just out of you leaque.. If you think its bad know wait till this young whipper- snapper comes back and hits you with the other side of his one two punch and lands the economy ... and then he will add a vice president to the fight and you are out ....

    July 22, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. georgia

    Pathetic McSame ! Your time has gone & your desparation is showing big time !!!!!! Ride off into the sunset w/ your cronies W & Cheney > It sould be prison for them !!

    July 22, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. GIFTY

    John, Stay the Course!

    July 22, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. Scott, Wichita

    Phil, FL July 22nd, 2008 9:12 am ET

    Is he a broken record now? Geeeez – give it a rest John.

    We don't want more Bush, so just relax and try to remember what's going on instead of " blah blah blah over and over and over and over……..".

    Obama '08

    Ahem *cough
    "Yes We Can"
    "Change We Can Beleive In"
    *end cough

    before saying something like that, consider if your side has anything like that, because we're getting tired of Obama's Zombies and their mindless sayings without any meaning

    July 22, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Tammy - KCMO

    From what I've heard and read, Obama has made the right judgement on what needs to be done.
    Withdraw from Iraq and concentrate on Afghanistan...remember Afghanistan Republicans??? Yeah right – that is where you will find Bin Laden. From what I remember after 9/11 – that was what our focus was supposed to be on – capturing the terrorists.
    Instead Bush created a whole new playground for the terrorists by invading Iraq – a country we didn't belong in!

    July 22, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Foreign observer

    This guy hides the American payments to Sunni street fighters. Withdrawl of troops wouldn´t matter – shorttime withdrawl of money could raise violence immediately.

    July 22, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. BV

    All this man can process inside his head is fighting a war and that is what he is doing right now. This is just a war with him. It's all that he knows and all that he really cares about. He's going to fight a war that he thinks will get him into the White House. His self proclaimed war is to bring Senator Obama down. Any way any how. This isn't an election process to him it is all out war. This is why he hasn't any other plans that he can truly process and bring to the table on a possitive note. Everything is about taking Senator Obama down piece by piece.
    Just wait until he sends in the surge.
    There is not one thing positive about this man's campaign.
    It scares me to death to think that a man who TRULY lacks the smarts, the diplomacy and the decency needed to run a country could possibly be elected to do so. I just shudder to think of what would lie ahead for us all. There isn't a chance that it could be better than the last eight years. Not a chance in hell.

    July 22, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Lorraine

    What pressure? McCain has run out of steam and everything else. He should just go find a golf club and beat himself.

    July 22, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Brian


    July 22, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    As I said previously, McBush is a desperate Repub!!! LOL!

    July 22, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA





    July 22, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. SAGG

    And the desperation from McCain increases.....

    July 22, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. Irma in North Carolina

    Mr Mccain first of all were is your flag pin???? Is this war thing the only thing you are going to talk about, do you think this will win you the presidency. Why dont you talk about the important things that are going on at home. The high gas prices, people lossing their homes and the economy and etc. Perhaps you dont know enough about them to talk about them.

    July 22, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. F. Taylor

    Relax people John McCain is in the process of selecting Mitt Romney as his running mate then the whole world will be able to say America is being run by the Hope Brothers..............Little Hope & No Hope!

    You people keep the world laughing don't let us down in November!

    July 22, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. S. Shay

    Obama was right when he said the troop surge itself wouldn't work. The US did more than just add more troops, they are also using bribes. So if we take out the bribes would the reduction in violence still be significant? How do we know the reduction isn't due 100% to the bribes and 0% to the surge? Obama cannot unequivocably give credit to the surge for obvious reasons. Furthermore, no one in the US cares about the success of the surge if it also doesn't mean our troops are coming home shortly. How can McCain on one hand be crying about how the surge is working and at the same time not be talking about our troops coming home? He is the one that has it 'exactly backwards' not Obama.

    July 22, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Bob Stephens

    The Iraqa government wants us to leave, but not "bomb bomb" McSame. He wants us to stay for 100 years.

    July 22, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. conde

    Does MCcian know anyone beside general petrous. He call his name and winning the war in Iraq very often that when he gives a town hall meeting you will know that he depend on this general. Can he be his vice president? Does MCcain know that we care more about the economy than his war and winning. We are wondering what will happy to our job, food we eat, loosing homes and bank in big problem. Can he think about those things that is affecting us than oil rich country?

    July 22, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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