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.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (294 Responses)
  1. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Consensus is what Obama found in Iraq. Shame to end McSame's 100 year war while there still some money in the treasury, huh? Guess that's why he was up in Kennebunkbed with Poppy Bush, another guy who has clearly distanced himself from Oedipus the Decider...

    July 22, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  2. Phil, FL

    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

    July 22, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  3. FactCheck

    CNN don't you ever stop just manufacturing the news? I guess Maliki's endorsement of Obama's troop withdrawl schedule is not on your radar, eh?

    July 22, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  4. jen

    Will some one just shut him up already?

    July 22, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  5. Real Independent

    Pitiful little man.

    July 22, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  6. NSmith, New York, NY

    Is this the best McCain has? Obama was right on the wider strategy, not a tactic if sending more soldier in to tamp down on violance. OF COURSE sending more in will reduce violence. Hello? Maybe this is all McCain has. I can't wait until Obama hammers him on his support for leaving Afghanistan for Iraq.

    July 22, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  7. Yvonne

    McCain's team is clueless. Do they really expect to get traction on this "Obama won't admit I was right about the surge" meme? Good grief. The country has moved on, the Iraqis have moved on. He should move on and claim his on territory instead of just whining and pestering Obama. He's helping Obama dominate the news and the news for Obama is good!

    July 22, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  8. Nando, Florida


    OBAMA 08


    July 22, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  9. Phil, FL

    As we all know – there should NOT have been a war. Therefore YOU were wrong to vote for it.

    Just think – No war in Iraq. The last years with No WAR in Iraq.

    YOU WERE WRONG !!!!!! You are not the right on to lead this country. You want to serve Bush's 3rd term, and the whole country is tire of fighting the wrong war !!!!

    Obama '08

    July 22, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  10. Rise America Rise

    Wow, makes me want to vote for McCain. LOLOLOL So John's basic strategy is to point out that he is a much better war mongerer, at a time when the US is overwhelmingly against pointless wars? That is as out of touch as Hillary's strategy to run as a Washington insider at a time when America was looking for change. John seems to be working hard to get Obama elected.

    July 22, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  11. bill from pa

    Let's see, the duly elected Iraqi government wants a timetable for our withdrawal, the majority of Americans want the same. What part of this does McCain not get?

    July 22, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  12. Substance not Rhetoric

    It doesn't matter that we should have never fought the war. It doesn't matter that the surge has improved conditions. What matters is a sovereign democratic government wants us to leave.

    Unless McCain is ready to come out and just say we want Iraq's oil. Then it is time to go. Iraq poses no imminent threat to America and never did. Al Queda was not even in Iraq until we invaded.

    We knocked out the counter balance of power and have given Iran more influence in the region.

    And currently we cannot send troops to support the effort against those who actually attacked us on 9/11. This is the war McCain is so proud of winning.

    July 22, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  13. MoveOn

    After a while folks tire of hearing the same song from a "Rock Star" and their flame vanishes. Obama's been singing only one song, and it's worn out. We're getting back to reality and clearly McCain has been the steady drummer whose experience lets him play to all the music while keeping a steady beat.

    We need a consistent, steady beat for the heart of the White House and McCain is the only candidate with the experience to deliver it.

    McCain 2008

    July 22, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  14. Ms. Outlaw

    McSame.. we can't afford anymore..

    July 22, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  15. susie Q

    blah, blah, blah, blah...
    I am more worried about McCain's continued gaffs and memory lapses.
    Why does the press give McCain a free ride? His health plan for instance- which he says puts families in charge – is never examined. If you want to see any critical examination of any of his policies you have to go to factcheck.org.
    What is with the mainstream news media anyway?

    July 22, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  16. JA Cook

    We must keep fighting in Iraq! Just because the Surge has worked is no excuse. The Iraqis are mistaken to think they don't want or need or troops to stay there.

    We cannot surrender Iraq to the Iraqis.

    We'll worry some other time about the terrorists across the Iraqi border, in Pakistan.

    The Soviets must leave Chzeckoslovakia.

    Obama must stop driving up gas prices and quit his policy of globa warming.

    Stay the Course!

    McCain 08

    July 22, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |

    JOHN according to OBAMA ahe surge didn't do it. The SUMMI's did it by banding together to run Al Qaedo out of the country because they were tired of them. He, in one day has not changed his stupid mind nor will he. He is a disgrace to himself and America. HE FLAT OUT INSULTED OUR GREAT AMERICAN FIGHTING MEN WITH THE ABOVE STATEMENT STATEMENT. OUR SOLDIERS HAVE FOUGHT HEROICALLY AND DIED WITH HONOR IN MAKING IRAQ A FREE COUNTRY. OBAMA COMES ALONG IN ONE DAY AND ACCESSES THAT THE SUMMI'S DID IT. THIS IS ONE MORE EVIL MAN JUST TO TRY AND JUSTIFY HIS STANCE OF NOT KNOWING ANYTHING ABOUT FOREIGN AFFAIRS..

    July 22, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  18. Denise Groves

    Poor old man! He doesn't get it does he? It is not about the surge. It is about withdrawal! The Iraqi's want us OUT. I want us OUT! What pressure is Obama under? He is in The Middle East, he's not hearing a thing.
    Must be McOld's Alzheimer kicking in.

    July 22, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  19. California Gold

    To me he ought to take advantage of this time to address domestic issues. As long as he keeps trying to compete with what Obama is doing he appears weak: more like a wanna be. Despite reshuffling within his organization his campaign seems to be rudderless and the candidate dull.

    July 22, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  20. mollygonz

    Just keep flailing McSame...bring up the same old garbage. It is pathetic how you have to bash Obama while he is overseas. What is truly sad is how everyone can see right through it. You are a desperate little man.

    July 22, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  21. Bobby, Triangle, VA

    John McCain and the republicans is going to learn come November that not concentrating on the issues at hand and continuing to attack Obama was a huge mistake!!!

    July 22, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  22. JA Cook

    Old man yells at cloud!

    July 22, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  23. Wild Guess

    McCain still thinks there are WMD's in Iraq........

    July 22, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  24. Jeanne

    If the surge was so successful, shouldn't we leave?
    Isn't that the point?

    July 22, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  25. Jennifer from Atlanta

    The more he rails against Obama the less presidential he seems. I really wish McCain would bring something of substance as opposed to continuous seemingly senile ranting.

    July 22, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
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