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. Crush Rush

    I wouldnt hire this guy as a janitor for fear he would lose the mop.Hes turned into a running joke now and should be replaced pronto.

    July 22, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  2. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    This is so typical of an old war veteran who his stuck in World War II and Vietnam. So sad that McCain doesn't know how to move forward, because he can not. He only wants to talk about the war, even though the gas and the economy is what is devastang the US.

    So sad...............

    July 22, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. Terry

    We all know when Barack gets back to the US he is going to focus on the economy and McCain will get tongue tied and end up with another week of gaffes.

    July 22, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  4. Tony


    Don;t the republicans EVER get tired of whining, complaining and blaming everyone but themselves for the mess they are in? Oc coourse not, for that is the Republican way.

    So sick of McCain's crybaby mentatlity regarding the upcoming election.

    If McCain had ANY solid platform to run on he would not have the time to constantly moan about Obama this and Obama that.

    McCain "McBush" is an old man with old ideas and will be a two-time LOSER come November so he had better get used to it.

    July 22, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  5. James

    Mccain is an Idiot...he's the one that lacks judgement he voted for a war that should have never happened in the first place.

    So his great descision was that is he increased the number of troops on the ground violence in Iraq would go down? WOW REALLY??? YOU ARE SO SMART...what do you want a cookie? any idiot knows that...you can ask a bunch of 6th graders that.

    July 22, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  6. no no no!

    is John McCain so out of touch, so desperate that all he can do is attack? i dont know if he realizes to attack Obama on "judgment" may be the worst thing McCain can do, i mean really John McCain has the poor judgment to hire over 59 lobbyist, including Charlie Black, to run his feeble, unorganized campaign. in the light of the American economy is it really "good judgment" to hire the people partly responsible for the mess we are in to run his campaign?
    the fact is McCain has been desperately trying to become President since 2000 ,and boy we miss the John McCain of 2000 (wonder why he is no longer here) and since 2000 John Mccain has morphed into the second coming of Bush. so the question is..is John trying to become President to calm his ever growing ego and greed or to justify all of the mistakes he made while in the Navy, in other words since he was such a disappointment to his father is he trying in his mind to make up for his failures by becoming President?

    July 22, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. Pat

    There is just something I don't like about McCain.... He scares me.

    July 22, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  8. Ian

    I thought the surge was supposed to be buying the Iraqi government time so that they could reconcile. They haven't done that so therefore the surge has actually failed.

    And what about the billions of taxpayer dollars that are unnacounted for?

    July 22, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  9. PS from Tennessee

    What McShame needs to acknowledge himself is the fact that we had NO business in Iraq to start with. Therefore, the surge would not have been necessary. McShame and the rest of these grumpy old men can't stand the fact that Barack has been right about foreign policy.

    July 22, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  10. Tim

    John McSame is a joke. He is supposed to be a foreign policy veteran. But every time he opens his mouth, he proves other wise. He doesn’t even know that Czechoslovakia no longer exists and his reference to the Pakistani and Iraqi border problems seemed brilliant, except Pakistan doesn’t share a border with Iraq. Hey McSame, there is a little country between them and you may not know it, but its called Iran, you know, Bomb, bomb, bomb…

    July 22, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. Ali

    He really needs to get over himself. Does he seriously think that this is helping his case. The majority of Americans believe it is time to bring our troops home. He is contradicting himself in the same statements.
    What he is basically saying is that Obama is wrong to want to bring troops home becuase Obama doesn't belive that we have won. But we can't bring troops home becuase we haven't won.
    We can't "WIN" a civil war in another country.

    July 22, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. benvictor

    With Obama trying to earn his training wheels this week in foreign policy/national security, we pray he causes no serious harm to our troops, the people of the region, and the progress achieved to date. It seems that having 300 foreign policy advisers is excessive since no two people can ever agree on anything. And, Joe Biden has offered his help to fill the gap in Obama's lack of knowledge in foreign policy/national security, yet Joe is not with Obama. That is certainly not good. I look forward to John McCain moving quickly to the region, following Obama's return, to rectify any harm done.

    July 22, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  13. Mike

    Only George W. Bush or John McCain would be capable of making this argument. Why should we leave our troops their indefinitely if we have succeeded in this war Mr. McCain? Why shouldn't we bring our troops home if we have made all this progress you speak of? By McCain's logic based on what he has said, we should occupy Iraq forever because we have won, and we now own that country.

    July 22, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  14. Kim, Dallas, TX

    What's at issue here is what exactly does victory mean to McCain? What the Iraqi people view as victory is to be able to govern their country without US support. What Obama and much of our country view as success is exactly that. I'm not completely sure what McCain views as success. Wasn't the whole point of the surge to help Iraq overcome violence to be able to move forward as an indenpendent country? If that was the goal, then Obama sees the success of the surge as well; as do the rest of us. I don't see success as our permanent interference in a country we had no business invading in the first place. Withdrawal should mean success, not defeat. Success that we have helped Iraq become independent. A final note, we all appreciate our troops for what they do for our country.

    July 22, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  15. Herman in LA

    Why are we talking about McCain he's not on any trips... The only case he need to make is his way back to his senate seat.

    July 22, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  16. The Truth

    McCain's Strategy: Attack Obama, Attack Iran, Veto Beer, Talk about countries that no longer exist.

    This upcoming election shouldn't even be close. I've never seen such a significant divide between two candidates.

    CT for Obama!
    Intelligent and Educated Voters for Obama!

    July 22, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  17. Non-Conformist

    Mc Cain are you running for the president of Iraq?? .. only thing i hear you saying is surge surge surge surge surge ... what about the problems people are facing at home ... ?

    July 22, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  18. JD

    Mr. Obama did not support the Iraq war troop surge. The troop surge worked beyond even the best predictions.

    When asked to reflect on the troop surge, Mr. Obama said that he still would not support it.

    I find that incomprehensive.

    July 22, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  19. David, Silver Spring, MD

    McCain knows that as soon as Obama returns to the U.S., the spotlight will shift from the state of the Middle East to the state of the American economy. And McCain has no "surge" to help the American people here at home.

    July 22, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |

    so when will mccain say something that the american people need to hear. in the past 2 weeks i have not heard one single thing that mccain plans to do for our troops, economy, energy crisis etc. this really worries me and it should worry him. if he keeps up at this rate he will lose this election by a landslide.

    obama 08

    July 22, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  21. Tim

    What does victory in Iraq mean McSame??? You can't answer, because you honestly have no clue. You have no plan and you flip flopped on your stance on Iraq. I know you have a hard time remembering what you say. But you said (and you brother Bush) that if the Iraqi people ask us to leave, we would have no choice be to leave. Now when you are asked, you look just like you did when you were asked about Viagra and birth control. Duh!!!!!!

    July 22, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  22. People make no sense

    Wow – the only thing he has is that. He didn't approve the surge so his judgement is bad. McCain you know the world so much but you got us into this mess anyway. Obama predicted everything that would happen in Iraq and it shown to be a fact and he didn't visit the place 20 times. The surge is working because we are paying terrorist taxpayer dollars. The war and surge have wrecked our economy and killed thousands of soldiers and our victory will be what? What are we winning McDumb? The United States citizens are not winning anything but money being taken out of our pockets.

    July 22, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  23. Deb, Allentown, PA

    When McCain starts to spout positive rhetoric rather than attacking Obama at every opportunity, maybe I'll start listening to him. But for now, all I hear is "grumble, grumble, grumble".

    July 22, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  24. Texas trail puppy

    One minute the "surge" has worked the next minute we can expect "SPECTACULAR" terrorist attacks, this old Warmonger should better keep quiet he is quickly becoming irrelevant even the NYT knows that.
    Obama/ Dems 2008

    July 22, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  25. Tony


    Typical republican, whiny, narrow-minded and always in attack mode. That's what happens whe you have no record, or a lousy one of your own to run on. GROW UP!


    July 22, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
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