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. Concerned Citizen of America 2008

    Correction to my last post..400,000+ jobs lost in past 6 months.

    July 22, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. Bob K

    Yeah – we ALL agree that things are going great in Iraq and that we are SOsuccessful!! What fool could not see that (only Obama – because all Americans do)? That loser, defeatist gas price hiking Obama Muslim better watch out when McCain makes this the central topic of his campaign – our sucess in Iraq!

    July 22, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. Nsikan, MD

    So the serge is successful but what about the war? Shouldn't have been there in the first place. It cost us a lot to even achieve this psedo peace and whereas Iraqis and Americans still pay the ultimate prices with blood of theirs. So, lets declare victory and stop wasting out time, money and precious lives of people. You will soon sound like a broken record – move on or we will move you. Can't wait to vote.

    July 22, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  4. Marcus, Great Lakes IL

    The Communist Vietnamese erected a bust of John McCain inside Vietnam. His defenders say that it is in tribute to the PAVN gunners that shot him down. When was the last time you visited a memorial to the American Military where there was a bust of the enemy?

    Things that make you go hmmmmm.....

    July 22, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. Anonymous

    The problem with McBush is he keeps the same Republican party line. Why doen's the MSM ask him if the surge succeeded, why does he say it is too dangerous to leave. This man flip flops like a dead fish. By the way, the surge has not been 100% successful. Aren's one religous group being paid to stop fighting. Another show of how the Republicans buy their way into everything. Maliki is correct. A 16 month initial timetable is more than reasonable. We do not need to establish military bases. I would call that an Occupation that is not wanted by the American people or the Iraqui's. Pedlle your war someplace else McBush. After seven years, we want out men and women home now!

    July 22, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. Democrat for Life

    Don't worry Obama, McSame will ruin his own candidacy... All the slip-ups will come to haunt him in the general election.

    Obama '08

    July 22, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. Objective

    A one-trick pony.

    He is the right candidate if we plan on having surges for the next four years.

    July 22, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  8. DAN

    McCain had judgement when it comes to Iraq. Obama was against the McCain surge that has saved so many lives. It dramatically brought down the monthly death toll. Iraq is headed for sucsess and there is no civil war or sectarian violence like Obama predicted there would be. Obama and Pelosi were hoping for failure and deaths for political gain, that's why you have to respect McCain's judgement for putting lives before political gain. Think about all those kids that were and would be getting blown up if it wasn't for McCain's push for the surge. That is leadership. It is proof that Obama doesn't have the judgement to be a senator and should never be president. McCain is country before ego. Obama well is ego before country. John McCain Thank you for the lifes you saved and are saving as we speak.

    July 22, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. It Be Me

    Obama wants to bring the troops home....
    Iraq wants the troops out of THEIR country.....
    McCain states that 'we HAVE succeeded".....

    Why are we still there???

    July 22, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. E for Obama


    Talk about how your going to fix the economy and lower gas prices!!!

    I don't care about the surge!!! The Iraq war was a LIE and we're paying for it and as a result are economy has worsened.

    And by the way other factors besides the surge contributed to the decrease in sectarian viloence in Iraq, but McCain wont tell you that.

    Vote McCain president and we will be owned by China, India and the Middle East.

    July 22, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. Susan

    i have never seen a candidate sping his lies so blatantly to the American people. McBush only wants this war to continue, and he wants the Occupation of a soverign nation. His time is long past. We need someone in the White House who looks to the future, not someone who is still mired in Vietnam!

    July 22, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Donkey Party

    What a doddering old fool. Go ahead and attack Obama while he's out of the country. What a phony,and what a coward. A total disgrace.

    July 22, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. Debby, NJ

    Scramble McShame
    Keep Scrambling !!!

    July 22, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. Barbara

    McCain's entire campaign platform seems to be constant criticism and complaints about Senator Obama. This is exactly why the NY Times rejected McCain's op-ed: it consisted primarily of attacks on Obama, rather than on defining McCain's positions. Given the mess that the GOP has made of our country and our planet, they really have no platform that appeals to thinking Americans.

    July 22, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. Jeffrey G. Brown

    Pressure? Something tells me Obama has what it takes to survive this nonsense!

    July 22, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. Alan from GA

    Does anybody know what John McCain stands for anymore? All I ever hear is him attacking Obama for what he believes in... And didn't McCain say something about not attacking Obama while he was overseas and could not defend himself?

    July 22, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  17. Mark

    Does McCain strike anybody as a button pusher.

    July 22, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  18. Texun

    He ought to choose Joel Lieberman, giving the "independent" an opportunity to lose an election for both major parties.

    July 22, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  19. John in Columbus Ohio

    Those McCain "town halls" are a joke, they only allow Republican loyalist flacks to come in and pitch softball questions.

    Somebody should ask McCain about Czechoslovakia and the Iraq/Pakistan border. And then they can ask him why he divorced his first wife, who stayed loyal to him the whole time he was a POW in Vietnam, and abandoned his kids from his first marriage, so he could marry a Stepford barbie doll with inherited millions. I'm sure it was true love, and not because he saw her as a vehicle for bankrolling his political career with her beer money.

    July 22, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. tai


    July 22, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. sewong jude

    Then why is Bush and the Iraqis doing and accepting what Obama has been saying for months.Just waitng that McCain to joint the wagon.Judgement is all that matter.

    July 22, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. rbt

    Interesting slant to this article. After the Maliki Government has made it clear that they want the US out of Iraq by the end of 2010, I find it interesting that CNN is reporting that McCain is putting Obama on the defensive. Shouldn't McCain be on the defensive based on his 4/04 statements that if asked to leave Iraq by its sovereign Gov't, we would have to comply? And they say CNN is in the tank for Obama. .. !!!

    July 22, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  23. Marie Canada

    All John McCain knows about is war and killing. What is wrong with this man's mentalitly?

    He doesn't know there isn't an Iraq/Pakistan border yet he is supposed to be some kind of self professed expert. He doesn't know the difference between a Shiite and Sunni yet he is supposedly going to be the answer for the Middle East conflict.

    To top it all off McCain has yet to describe what would constitute a victory in Iraq or for that matter he always rants about defeat yet doesn't say what is a defeat other than not continuing to occupy a soveriegn nation for a 100 years.

    This guy is scary!!!!!!!!!

    July 22, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. Annette

    McCain needs to define what wining means? The surge wasn't the only process. I guess McCain figures regular folks don't have no idea that several other variables were at play to reduce the violence in the capital of Iraq and other areas there. Of course, McCain and his supporters feel no one is paying attention to the fact that folks here in the US want our troops home soon, not later. The US invaded a country for one man ( Saddam), and so many died as a result. How on earth can Bush and McCain say we need to win in Iraq, now who's the strongman?

    July 22, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. Moe, NY

    As usual McCain is intent on staying in Iraq even though the people and government of Iraq want us out within 2 years (not 100), and the vast majority of American citizens want us out as soon as possible. McCain seems to have his own personal agenda regarding Iraq which I view as dangerous and nothing short of occupation of a country that obviously does not want to be occupied by a foreign country. I believe that Obama does have the judgment to move American troops forward....to Afghan...where we should have been in the first place. I admire Obama's courage in stating the true facts, and hopefully with his leadership Osama will finally be brought to justice.

    July 22, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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