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. ericmiami

    Tucker Bounds should volunteer to fight in Afghanistan. If he doesn't know where that is, McCain can tell him. "It's on the Swiss/Iraq border, Tucker."

    July 22, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  2. Judgement over experience

    Jesus man, is that all you can do – criticize Obama and talk about the surge? Good God, enough already! How about the over 1.5 million homes in foreclosure? Or the 420000 jobs lost since january? Or the 4,500 soldiers that have died in this senseless war started with lies? Or gas that is at 4.50$ a gallon? Come on Mccain, you are too out of touch to be our president. You don't care about americans you are just strictly military minded. Instead of being president why don't you try and be Defense Secretary? Americans are hurting John McCain and you could care less.

    July 22, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. ProudToBeDemocrat

    Who cares Republicans are done, just like Hillary nothing they do will change anything.

    July 22, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. pp

    So sad to play the game till end when u want to runaway n sleep peacefully n pray Jesus. U kn ow its all over already but u need to play the game because the big companies funded u. u need to act as they want baby? be Mc / Mcdonald / Mc anything. U know in yr heart u have lost it alredy, but hatefully u need to carry on..yr face llook ba too now..get checked up pls? U know Obama will be president so unleaa u want to retire make a deal with him ok? good luck old boy we are getting old too dont worry 🙂

    thanks hope u live a happy life

    July 22, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. Mike Jones

    Sorry Montogomery Burns. Your best shot was in 2000. The repugs and your "new" ally Duyba shafted your campaign in 2000. You are a shell of your former self. I had respect for you and your strong stand in 2000. You are in trouble and you are now attacking Obama to stay relevant. Kind of like "old yeller" in that movie. Time to put your campaign out to pasture.

    July 22, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. marulanda(colombia)

    John Mcain is already too old to become the next president of the USA
    FIRST OF ALL HE DOES NOT HAVE THE REASONABLE JUDGEMENT because He has Dementia the early stage of Alhzeimers. So therefore He is unfit to make any decisions. Whoever is the Vice-President will required by law to obtain Macain's Power of Attorney and make decisions for him.

    This is too dangerous for the united states and the world. We need a president who is fit and alert.

    July 22, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. Beverly, NYC

    Keep up the small talk John, you sound a little jealous that the trip did not blow up on Barack like you hoped. On his return, we know he will not lie to the American people like you did after your shopping trip in Bhagdad. Maybe it was after your bed time, but last night Barack admitted the surge worked in conjunction with the Iraqi's government changes on the ground. Keep talking maybe someone will pay attention too you. BTW nice ploy last night trying to take attention off Obama by maybe announcing your VP pick this week. Still no one cares.

    July 22, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. Robert in Seattle

    What happened to no negative attack adds?

    McCain is a transparent liar. Not Suitable to run our country anywhere but into the ground.

    Adultering Gambling backstabber NO!

    Obama 08 YES!

    July 22, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. SLIMSISTA FROM NEW YORK

    MCAIN.....DO YOU LISTEN TO THE NEWS REPORTS.....THE IRAQ GOVERNEMENT WANTS THE US OUT OF THEIR COUNTRY....ALSO IT WAS REPORTED THAT THE SURGE DID WORK WITH THE HELP OF OTHER FACTORS....

    OBAMA STATED THAT THE SURGE HAS WORKED WITH OTHER FACTORS.....

    LISTEN MCAIN BEFORE YOU SPEAK...ALL YOU DO IS ATTACK OBAMA EVERYDAY...WHAT ARE YOUR POLICIES YOU ARE GOING TO PUT INTO PLACE, GAS, FOOD, FORECLOSURES....

    JOHN MCCAIN....ALL DO RESPECT, BUT YOU SOUND LIKE A FOOL....

    July 22, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. Cynthia

    What Senator McCain needs to do is talk about the things he plans to do for the country rather than attacking Senator Obama. I would be one interested in him defining his strategy for getting out of Iraq and what will we "win" as he calls it.

    July 22, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  11. JB from NH

    ************************************************************

    Its not a surge if the troops are still there...its an escalation!

    And its NOT a success as long as our troops are there and we pay $12 Billion dollars a month!

    Stop BSing the country, McCain!

    ***********************************************************

    July 22, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. Wisconsin

    It's good to see that McSame plans his bashing ahead of time.

    Notice that McSame is not planning ahead to talk about his plans.

    This looser can't even run a decent campaign how could he run a country? If McSame is so good why can't he even run a decent campaign?

    July 22, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. Kathy, VA

    How about McCain discuss his own plans and strategies for ending the war in Iraq, as opposed to constantly riding Obama's tail about his. Does he not have any plans of his own? If so why not discuss them and stop plagairizng Obama's ideas. I am so sick and tired of this old bag of air!

    July 22, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. Redneck from Kentucky

    This loser spends all his time badmouthing Obama and spends little time detailing his own plans to tackle the economic problems this country is facing. He lives in the past and his whole campaign seems to be centered around the past. His style of campaigning is the old school politics that we all have grown to despise. He is going to lose in November and lose BIG.

    July 22, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  15. Lourdes

    If the surge was so successful, then WHY CAN'T WE LEAVE?!?

    July 22, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  16. Robert

    Answer me one thing John. What has the US gained from the war in Iraq?

    July 22, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. ProudToBeDemocrat

    Mccain will vist Chekozlovakia next week then the US troops stationed in the boarder of Iraq and Afganistan . what a loser. This guy never studied history and he wants to be a president because his plane was shot down in vietnam war, his plane was shoot down because he was lousy pilot.

    July 22, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  18. Becky

    McCain, you need to stop the idea of "winning" or "losing" in Iraq, which was a war that began on false pretenses anyway. This is why we can't have a militant president right now. We need someone with broader perspectives, like Obama.

    July 22, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. Shay, VA

    This guy is ridiculous, wasn't he supposed to be talking about the economy this week while barrack's gone? I guess since he's not very good at that either, he might as well talk about iraq some more.
    He keeps talking about the surge, OBAMA admitted the surge IMPROVED THE CONDITIONS ON THE GROUND MILITARILY!!!!!
    Please stop with this surge nonsense!!!! The fact is.................................
    WE SHOULDN"T HAVE BEEN THERE IN THE 1st PLACE!!!!

    therefore, McCain, YOU LACK THE JUDGEMENT TO LEAD AMERICANS, and YOU & BUSH ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN SOLDIERS!!!!!
    THE SURGE WORKED so now please talk about precisely your Plan for our TROOPS.

    July 22, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  20. Montana is Obama Country

    Post to McCain VP announcement: (since it closed with 8 comments)

    McCain is trying his darndest to steal Obama over-sea thunder.. He will not announce this is only a feeble-minded atempt to try and get media attention..
    MCVain will announce his VP pick on his 72nd birthday – the day after the DNC convention.

    Yes..WE..Can...Obama 2008, 2012

    July 22, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  21. MD in OK

    Victory? Victory over what? Saddam Hussein is no longer in power. What else could we possibly want that this region has? Oh, I forgot ...oil. The Bush/Cheney regime chose to start a war because they were only interested in profiting from the oil; It was greed that started this war. Saddam Hussein wouldn't give them what they wanted, so they decided to take it . And now McCain wants to finish the job.

    July 22, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  22. Sweet Daddy

    Let me get this right a few months ago troops where going to stay for a hundred years, but now they can come home. come on McCain your the one who doesn't have the judgment to lead America.

    Go Bama

    July 22, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  23. Concerned Citizen of America 2008

    If conditions on the ground are so much better, than why not hand over the security of Iraq to their soverign, democratically elected Government? Of course the McCain camp is going going to step up their personal attacks, and the people are going to the GOP party even further away. They were given the opportunity to take this country into the 21st century and make it a better place for all Americans. What did we get? War, tanking economy, monopoly money, failing investment banks, record foreclosures, record bankruptcies, 400,000 + jobs in the past 6 months with no end in sight. What will McCain bring? A continuation of the same policies.

    July 22, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  24. Northern Michigan

    McCain needs to focus on Geography 101 before casting aspersions.

    July 22, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  25. MikeH

    McCain is shrieking like a little girl.

    Obama goes over to Iraq, and voila, Prime Minister Maliki agrees with Obama's plan to withdraw American troops, plus he and Petraus hit it off. Big score for Obama.

    The New York Times rejects a McCain essay, because it does not contain any McCain plan for anything, rather it is a denunciation of Obama, because either McCain has no plan or he thought he could pull off a political attack with a trojan horse. Big diss for McCain.

    McCain is driven to quietly get rid of Phil Graham his chief campaign financial consultant (and part-time pornography producer),
    because Phil Graham is damaged goods. Another crash for McCain.

    McCains campaign is in shambles. Even his "It's Obama's Fault for High Gas Prices" cheap-shot political commercial is a joke. He's doing what one would expect of a desperate loser.

    July 22, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
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