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. Ed, MD

    Old man continues to shout at more clouds.

    This is a wrap, and Barack is going to clean up in November.

    July 22, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |

    This lunatic CANNOT be allowed into the white house! Can you imagine 4 more years of this crazed distortion of reality??

    July 22, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. ali

    ummm....obama said the 'surge' has had a positive effect,but,he cannot credit the 'surge' alone,because the surge had nothing to do with the awakening councils,whom we're paying monthly salaries to,and al sadr's cease-fire order.not to mention the sunnis and shias have already ethnically cleansed eack others' neighborhoods.the political goals of the 'surge' are still lagging way behind,and we're still paying 10 billion a month on bush's fiasco.this war was still illegal and never should have been fought.we were lied to ,pure and simple and mccain exacerbated and supported those lies.

    July 22, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Dear Mr. McBush; people are really tired of hearing the same old whiny rhetoric from you about the surge working, We really don't care what you think about Obamas plans for the future. At least he has plans that are doable and will create stability for this country after the last 8 years of complete chaos. You need to concentrate of things that us ordinary people worry about, like the economy. Oh, I'm sorry John. That's just one more thing you know nothing about. So, you and your republican buddies sit up there on your high horses and spin this lie and that lie about Obama and see how far you get come November.

    July 22, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. Fran, MS

    So now Iraq has a new border, Pakistan? This man is brilliant–let's hire him as a Geography teacher.

    July 22, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    July 22, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. Robert

    Would someone tell me what the US gained in this war in Iraq? Like I care if Iraqi's are free or not.

    July 22, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. Michele Hussein, Oregon

    Enough already with your p-ing contests Senator McCain! You just don't get the philosophical or strategical differences of peacemaking vs. warmaking. All head with the wrong emphasis and little heart. At this time my head nor my heart can vote for you.

    A steady heart beat for what, MoveOn?

    July 22, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. Robert

    Let's see, 70% of the US wants out, 70% of the Iraqi's want the US out. Yet we're not getting out. Have we turned into a military state?

    July 22, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. Gary, WA

    Imagine John McLame charging up the hill. "Okay, troops we're going to attack Iraq, no Pakistan, no India, no Czechoslovakia, no Canada....oh forget it, I'm going home".

    I'm telling you folks, he's not ready for prime time. Late night maybe, but not prime time.

    July 22, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. James Hussein, SC


    What 's a SUMMI??????

    July 22, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. Harry, DE

    Anybody that George Bush hugs and kisses, does NOT get my vote.

    July 22, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. Andy in Charlotte, NC

    I saw an interview where McCain was getting all mixed between the Sunnis and Shiites, and singing "Bomb Iran", and talking about Iranians dying from smoking American cigarettes. I wonder if he feels the same way about Americans dying from drunk drivers because of his millionaire wife's beer? McCain needs to realize that yes, the surge has helped quell some violence...but it's still a mess, and the Iraqis want to take back their country. We can't going policing the world...it irritates nations, kills people, and costs taxpayers loads of money! I think he is just bitter over his experience in Vietnam and wants some revenge of any kind.

    July 22, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. PCL

    Will someone remind McCain that his bad judgment on Iraq is what made a "surge" necessary in the first place.

    His bad judgment cost 4000+ American lives and countless billions of dollars we need at home. No one even mentions the 20,000+ wounded anymore.

    Will someone remind him that the "surge" is what helped Afghanistan fall apart and Bin Laden to remain at large.

    Will somone remind him that the Afghans WANT US in their country. The Iraqis don't. The Afghans welcomed us as liberators and still do.

    People, don't succumb to the Jedi Mind Trick.

    July 22, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Isaac, MO

    Old man stands on platform to be closer to clouds, so he can really yell.

    July 22, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. Newsdiva

    What's with all the non-news about McGramps today??? Good Lord, I guess somebody has to cover this old fart...but no matter how you slice it, Obama is top seed today and everyday.

    Mcbush can TRY to "steal the spotlight" from our next President, but it won't work for more than 10 minutes tops. Why? 'Cause Barak has got it like that and his astute political team knows exactly how to keep that grumpy OLD MAN on the back burner where he belongs.

    So here's hoping you folks who seem to only want to shove the ancient, angry man (McBush) ahead of Obama will post this comment!! Just asking for some fairness and balance in this ticker today. Thanks!

    Obama 08 & 12

    July 22, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. Jake, KS

    Send this putz packing for Arizona.

    July 22, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. Doug

    Now that President Bush has fallen in line with the Obama Plan (a time-line for withdrawal in Iraq, redeployment of troops to Afghanistan, negotiations with Iran without preconditions), isn't it time for McCain to get on board?

    July 22, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. Kent, OR

    Thanks for your service, see ya.

    July 22, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. MMN-Milwaukee WI

    Truth be told if the USA stops spending $800,000 a week to bribe Sunis and Shiites not to fight each other the Surge will look like a joke.

    July 22, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. David from Ohio

    The "surge" wouldn't have been necessary if: (1) McCain and others didn't give Bush a blank check to invade Iraq; and (2) McCain and others hadn't been asleep at the switch after we did invade and allow Bush to wait for three years before changing strategy. I believe that there were military leaders at the time that suggested more troops be used to begin with, but were shouted down by Rumsfeld and Cheney, who never having served in the military, knew better. I love how the rationale for invading changed from WMDs, to removing Saddam, to the front lines again terrorists to spreading democracy to the Middle East. Now the argument is apparently now, yeah we screwed up but we've fixed it now, so we were right all along.

    July 22, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  22. Sue/PA

    John McCains problem with withdrawl is not that it means our troops were defeated....it means that McCain/Bush/Cheney wont get the oil contracts they have been seeking the last 6 yrs, which they have been urgently seeking these contracts over the last several months...and have not obtained yet.

    July 22, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  23. Ellie in Aurora, CO

    McCain is The Surge candidate. That's all he can talk about. Perhaps he should pay more attention to the surging mortgage problem, the surging gas and food prices, the surging need for CHANGE!!!!

    July 22, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. McLAME

    John is sooooooooooooo out of touch with reality it's comical. Soon he will be saying that he took part in the so called "surge".

    Surge 101: Pay people to be your friends.

    Billions of your money going to Sunni tribes to keep them quite, and sh!t for brains McCain thinks we can do this for another 100 years.

    July 22, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. Coops in Toronto, Canada

    Washington Post wrote:" Young Republicans, Blue About the Prospects Ahead" The Young Republicans went on to say "You don't hear Barack Obama going around saying, 'I'm John F. Kennedy.' He's saying, 'I'm Barack Obama,' " All says. "There's a reason for that. He's inspiring an entire generation, and it's a generation that's trying to change the world in 160 characters or less through text messages."

    July 22, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
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