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. America

    I have come to understand where all the McCain supporters are.
    At work.

    July 22, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. Watermann

    It is getting boring. The so called "surge" is not the only reason why situation is becoming better on the ground in Iraq. May be that the terrorists are running short on the "not so intelligent bombs"

    July 22, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  3. ANGIE

    My god does this man ever stop whining, the surge the surge the man is obsessed with this, Is this all were going to be hearing out of mccain until nov?? Please mccain give it a rest already TELL US YOUR PLANS FOR IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN or do you not have any only bash obama for it???

    July 22, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. Ms. RDS

    OMG....can he please give it a rest. Ok, the surge(along with other factors) has worked! He keeps on b/c he wants Obama to admit the surge worked and not recognize all the other factors that contributed to the decrease in violence. Fine...then McCain should admit that this was the dumbest war in US history (close w/Vietnam) and he was wrong for supporting it. He can only harp about the surge b/c it's the only thing he's been right on and he doesn't even have a plan POST SURGE! Hopefully the media will keep pounding McCain until he actually sits down and states what he is going to do NOW, not what he did years ago, BUT WHAT HE IS GOING TO DO NOW. History is past tense we live in present day!

    July 22, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  5. roy

    do all you Obama sheep notice that now this clown in an empty suit(Obama) is saying exactly what Bush has been saying all along about withdrawl of American troops? this loser will say any thing he is told to say on his teleprompter or what the daily polls are saying. the real Obama is emerging. Nobama!

    July 22, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. America

    The New York Times can't handle the truth.

    July 22, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  7. leslie

    Just like that silly so called ad yesterday, this argument over the surge just shows again the republicans are out of touch with how the world really operates.

    July 22, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Dude, while you were sleeping the real war on terror in Afghanistan got a lot worse...what victory?

    July 22, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  9. brad

    ok, I got it. You don't like Obama's message and plan. Got it ,loud and clear. Now lets talk about more on your plans and agenda. It is easy to tear down, complain, be negative. We learn that doesn't get us anyway. I want to hear possible solutions, agendas.

    July 22, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. Frank

    Barak has made some very irrational statements concerning Iraq and Afganistan. He is so obviously in over his head that he needs someone to save him.....that someone is John McCain. John McCain is someone you can trust to be honest and straight forward. Barak is nothing more than spin and awe.

    July 22, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  11. CMB

    McCain sees sucess where most people see a fumbling mess! Its all in the way you see it. He sees a nation of whiners and an economy and health care system that is fine, but needs more privatization, and more of the same, where most people see that the last 8 years haven't worked. So, vote for whoever you think sees things the way you do.

    July 22, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  12. Adriana

    McCain has tunnel vision concerning the war in Iraq, why does he refuse to see other avenues of success. I believe the Iraqis can handle the security of their own country, but MAC only sees the vietcong, meanwhile the US economy is plunging. Sometimes we need to be a realist...and he are the facts!!! If the USA goes broke how will we pay for security, How will we be an independent nation????? How will we continue to be a great superpower in the world???

    July 22, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  13. Ian

    I heard that we are paying the terrorists not to fight. I guess in that sense, the surge is working great.

    July 22, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  14. Abby

    There wouldn’t need to be a surge, if there was no war. McCain, please say you mislead the American people into a war that was illegal and caused 4000 American deaths and hundreds of thousands of Iraq deaths and maybe then Obama will say the surge worked in cutting the violence some.

    July 22, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  15. Joe the Troll

    WHAT "universal agreement among Americans" is he talking about? Most of the Americans I know agree with Obama. Of course, it's hard to agree with McCain when he tells us on one hand that we've already won, and on the other hand that we have to stay or we'll lose. Which is it, John?

    July 22, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  16. Eric in Ca

    How about pressuring for solutions on the Economy, Tax Cuts, Jobs, Environment. – On Iraq Sen. McCain – YOU – lose! Your credibility on Foreign Affairs is a myth a simple smoke screen perpetuated by you & the MSM!

    July 22, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  17. Larry WI

    No surprises here from obama, go John.

    July 22, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. proud army and navy mom

    mccain lies, denies and criticizes.

    how can you say the surge is working if we are paying the sons of iraq millios each month not to attack us or our equipment.? how exactly are we winning?

    It's just like getting bullied. If the only way I can make the bully stop hitting me, who really won? me or the bully.

    the reason violence is way down is because we are paying the enemy to stop. what happens when the money dries up, and what are our enemies doing with the money? buying wmd's maybe. george w says we want talk to our enemies, but it's ok to pay them!

    July 22, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  19. yankeegirl15

    Turn up your hearing aid Mac. NO ONE IS LISTENING. Blah, Blah, Blah. Why don't you go down to the senior center and talk about the old days. Maybe the malt shop is still open. I hear after bingo tonight there will be a sock-hop. This will all be over by 7 you can be in bed by 8.

    July 22, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  20. american jew


    July 22, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  21. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX


    July 22, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  22. bill for barack

    The day John McScum has a policy of his own to announce, it should be banner headlines.
    Why does he think that all he needs to do is attack, attack, attack and never tell the American people what positive things he wants to do ?
    Could it be that he is so much like Dubya that he has no thoughts, no policies – nothing positive and uplifting to give his nation ?
    McScum the Maverick, McScum the High Road Politician is nothing but a drooling, pathetic liar who may well have lost the election BEFORE the convention.

    July 22, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  23. Janet

    There is really nothing for McCain to talk about. The Iraqis have told us that they want us to leave and have set a timetable for our departure. John McSame makes himself look ridiculous by ignoring what the Iraqi people and people in this country want.

    July 22, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  24. larry buchas

    McSame (or Bush) have never pointed out what "victory" means. Maybe he's only interested in defeat? How does he describe victory after we were wrong to invade in the first place? We have destroyed lives, property, livlihood and created chaos and a refugee state.

    This "Surge" was intended to create political solutions for the Iraqi government. Has that ever occurred? This "Surge" was never described as just a miltary solution.

    Iraqis are still being killed each week.

    Any way, kudos to General Petraeus. He deserves credit for vast improvements.

    July 22, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  25. no McCain!

    Only stupid people would fall for that.

    Obama '08

    July 22, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
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