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. Xango

    who cares?

    NO country for this old man.

    July 22, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. Casey | Tecumseh, Missouri

    McCain can attempt to keep saying the same thing over and over and hope that (like himself) people will eventually believe it, but don't hold your breath, John.

    He really just ought to take the opportunity to stay mum so that he doesn't commit another faux paux and let everyone know, once again, how geographically challenged he is.

    July 22, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. EMJ

    The debates will be the end of John McCain. Just like the Kenndey/Nixon debates America will see new versus very, very old.
    I couldn't get my post on the Jindal story. How can he be a VP at his age? If McCain wins then dies could a VP Lindal be president in his late 30's?

    July 22, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. EC

    Obama can not be trusted, his views and promises change with the wind. McCain has been consistant, and was right as it relates to the surge, and it has worked! American's are there to fight evil and librerate Iraq woman, children, and men. obama is a jonnie come later, or hollow man!

    July 22, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. G

    McCain is supporting imperialism, no matter how he dresses it up. A sovereign nation wants our troops to leave. Well, that's no surprise. If armed troops from Britain were here, we would.... oh, wait, we already did that and called it a Revolution. Hmmm.

    July 22, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Chris

    McCain only thinks/speaks about


    where's the plan for economy? healthcare? social security?....

    July 22, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. Clark Shaffer

    Same tired message/messenger. He really doesn't seem to get it even after his NYTimes piece was rejected, he needs to put forth some ideas, not just criticisms! No more McSame..now it's McClueless!

    July 22, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. Ellie in Aurora, CO

    To "The Truth Cannot Be Hidden" who is clearly hiding the truth from himself!! I knew it would happen – a soon as someone had the balls to say what really stopped the violence in Iraq, they would be labeled as dissing our troops. It WAS the Sunnis who, being paid by us, decided to switch sides instead of continueing the bombing. It WAS the Shia cease fire. Obama has been nothing but respectful of our troops and have stated that they have done a brilliant job, but the fact is – there were many factors that lead to the reduced violence, least of all was the surge!!

    July 22, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. EC

    FRANS MS- so now the U.S.A. has 57 states! obama is brilliant-lets hire him as a geography teacher.

    July 22, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. Dan

    WcCain = Senile version of W


    July 22, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. Dan

    It sucks for W and WcCain that Iraq has gotten all "sovereigny" lately don't it?

    July 22, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. Chuck

    McCain needs to find something else to talk about. He was wrong, from the get go. And there is not concrete proof that it was the surge in troops that resolved the incountry sectorial blood letting. I think all that stopped when the warring factions agreed to disagree but to get along and stop killing each other. As far as alkeida (sp), they will never be stopped 100%. Not in Iraq or Afganistan. Extreemist/Terrorists will always exist as long as this human race exists. We have them here in the US, they are called eco-terrorists. Timothy McVey (sp) was a disenfranchised terrorist. However, the point is that the terrorist have pretty much gone underground, while the majority of them have moved to Afganistan, what do you think? Sounds plausable to me. No matter where you go you will have some people that have an extreem view in their beliefs and when that extreemism over rides the moral values of life you have a potential terrorist.

    July 22, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. Sarah Bonner

    "we were lied to ,pure and simple and mccain exacerbated and supported those lies."

    I'm not sure McCain was even able to tell they were lies. I truly think he believes these things...and that's even scarier. Everything Bush and Co said played into McCain's vision of finally being able to go back to win a war he didn't get to really participate in as a fighting man. His days in conflict were spent as a prisoner, not a soldier.

    Interestingly enough, there's a new report due out in about a month recommending even a more stringent timeline than Obama has endorsed, and this one is from the Pentagon. Check out the article in Newsweek, here's an excerpt;

    "Barack Obama is taking heat for hinting that he might refine his 16-month timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. But a forthcoming Pentagon-sponsored report will recommend an even steeper drawdown in less time, NEWSWEEK has learned. If adopted, the 300-page report by a defense analysis group at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., could transform the debate about Iraq in the presidential election.
    Expected to be completed in about a month, it will recommend that U.S. forces be reduced to as few as 50,000 by the spring of 2009, down from about 150,000 now. The strategy is based on a major handoff to the increasingly successful Iraqi Army, with platoon-size U.S. detachments backing the Iraqis from small outposts, with air support. The large U.S. forward operating bases that house the bulk of U.S. troops would be mostly abandoned, and the role of Special Forces would increase."

    How do you like them apples Fighting McCain?

    July 22, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. aaa

    mccain dont cry it ok!!!!! old, fraud ,mcbus, mcshame thats all you stand for

    July 22, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  15. Pat

    McCain should drink more Beer Revenues. I hear Beer is good for the mind and it's obvious his mind is in dire need of something! How old is he? I think he's only got about another year before senility completely takes over. Everyone I've ever known has lost it after 78yrs! And it's obvious he isn't far from the cliff!

    July 22, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. J. Richter

    We put the Sunni militia on our payroll and they stopped fighting us and the Shiites. Then we claim the surge did this. We could have saved billions and lives to get the same point.

    If we did what Obama wanted:
    We would have 4000+ American kids still alive.
    We would have 30,000+ American kids healthy and with all their limbs in tact.
    We would have a military that isn't near the breaking point.
    We would have $800+ billion still in our Treasury.
    We would have finished the job in Afghanistan years ago.
    We wouldn't been seen around the world as Imperialist.
    We wouldn't have an empowered and emboldened Iran.

    July 22, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  17. Venus

    McSame needs to re-do his essay – he got a D from NYT!

    Go Obama!

    July 22, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. Seattle Sue

    Why would I trust McCain, Bush, Cheney, or any of the GOP gang? I for one am sick and tired of being lied/mislead to. This has been the most secrective and corrupt administration I have seen in my life time.

    July 22, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. Debby

    I have to agree with McCain and Robert where do you get 70% wants us out?

    July 22, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. Ex-Republican for Obama

    In other words:

    Johnny will continue to whine and cry. He will continue to base his campaign on pointing at others and blaming them for your problems. He will offer no solutions nor inspiration. He will not release his military records nor will he work to remedy the wrongs he has done to our military with his voting pattern. Johnny cannot come up with valid solutions, and as such, he will do nothing other then cry. And yes America, this is what he will do as a president for you, you should elect him.

    July 22, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. Chris

    OMG, I have been dreaming of a Mccain Jindal ticket....am I dreaming or is it really going to be true? Honestly folks....it matters not if you are a dem, a repub or an indie....you need to read and listen to this guy. Jindal is one of those once in a life time politician that is so very rare in these days and age. This guy is a genuine genius with a burning desire to be effective. The changes he has managed to make in LA and the accomplishments he has done in 37 years are rare......very very rare. I do believe we are a fortunate country to have someone like Jindal in governement. Jindal is the sort of person who will set a new standard and raise the bar on what effective leadership ought to be, should be and will be! Sorry for going on and on...but I don't get excited over a politican ever....but I must and I need to do it now. Win or loose, this country needs to know that we will be ok with someone like JIndal around in washington....and that is all I have to say.

    July 22, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  22. manubi

    Mr. McCain, please denounce the statement that was made by your pal, Bud Day. Remember he said that Muslim will kill this country? Although the news media is not covering this, don't ever think that regular people forgot about it. Please repudiate and denounce this comment becuase there are terrorists in every religion (ie, Timonthy McVeigh is catholic). Please do NOT mix religion and politics!

    July 22, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. manubi

    Mr. McCain, an expert in Middle East politics and War, needs to know that Iraq and Pakistan are not neighbors!

    July 22, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  24. GET Over IT!!!!

    NO Gary
    NO Giuliani

    The World is better without these3 IDIOTS!!!

    July 22, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. Franky

    You know what's funny?? I wonder what the Reps are gonna talk about when is all finished! LOL!!! It seems like this is all they know..........and the ironic part is, they don't even know!! LOL!!!

    July 22, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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