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. Oluwa

    Here's a message to McCain's campaign: Americans are tired of you criticizing OBAMA. Tell us about YOUR plan, specifics, and details on how it will affect the american people.
    Stop bashing the other candidate's judgement, it's a direspectful tactic and it will not convince most independents.
    This independent needs a lot more convincing from both campaigns but I'm just tired of all this "Obama did this, Obama did that"-STOP IT!!! what did McCain do ? What is McCain's Plan? How will it help me?
    It's becoming clear in this election who has more substance and who does not.

    July 22, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    What pressure?

    The only place about the Iraq War where Candidate McCain is right is in his own mind.

    Besides, being "right" about a war that is fundamentally wrong to begin with still gets McCain zero points.

    We need to get out of Iraq and finish the war George Bush so badly botched in Afghanistan.

    One incompetently run war and one wrong war ... must be all that "experience."

    July 22, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. Bob from Pittsburgh

    What pressure on Obama? McCain confuses Iran with Iraq, Pakistan with Afghanistan, and he wants us to believe he is strong on international affairs. Even after Gepeto Liberman blows on his ear and still get it wrong, three words Delusional, pathetic, and desperate,

    July 22, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. Uchenna in MD

    McThuselah is just an annoying warmonger who supports wars but does not support the troops. Check his records.

    Republican for Barack Hussein Obama.

    July 22, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. bruce

    McCain is looking more and more like an out of touch tired old man that doesn't have enough mental sharpness to prevent himself from talking about the "Afghanistan – Iraq", border, confuses to 2 groups of Arabs in Iraq and talks about countries that have not existed for 15 years! He claims to have military experience.......well he was a POW for 5 years. I'm not sure what other military experience he has. Maybe he should agree to release is complete Navy record, unless of course he has something to hide, like several crashes during training flights.
    Where is Bud Day and the "Truth Squad" on that issue?

    July 22, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. McCain08

    McCain is absolutely right to do this. Obama said in 2007 that a surge of even 10,000 more troops would not do anything to change the state of Iraq. So he obviously cant ever admit that the surge has worked and that our troops and other workers on the ground have paved the way for a troop withdrawal. Gen Petreus even said a month or so ago that a withdrawal was likely because its becomign safer, its not anything new by Barack.

    July 22, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. Mike

    More of the same from Johnny – attack, attack, attack.

    Is it any wonder the NY Post refused to print his article?

    Hey McSame – how about telling us what your plan of action is instead of criticizing Obama's?

    July 22, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. mayahh

    NONsense, improved from the uproar that started, an unnecessary war, OBAMA next KING Solomon.

    July 22, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. Billy

    How is possible that McCain will "step up" attacks on Obama?

    My wife put it succinctly, "I just don't even want to listen to McCain anymore with all that negativism."

    July 22, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. THE O

    Don't you mean attacks? Mccain keeps talking about what Obama wants to do, but the question should be what the hell is mccain going to do???? Does he even know? does anyone know? All he has is attacks, hoping poeple are going to buy his load of crap.

    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!!

    BARACK / SEBELIUS 08

    July 22, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. Christopher, Madison, WI

    Hey McSame...what countries border Iraq? What an idiot.

    July 22, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. Mike

    The "Republican Stay-in-Iraq-Forever-Shell-Game":

    Leaving Iraq = Defeat
    Staying in Iraq = Victory

    Therefore, we must stay in Iraq forever to ensure victory!

    If John McCain has any other definitions of defeat or victory in Iraq, he's sure not going to share them with us.

    July 22, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. Hope

    He is the one who started it. That is the main issue.

    McCain is a war monger. If he get elected, then we will expect more wars to come and the wold will never be safe again...

    July 22, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. peter, dc transplant

    Actually, if you listened to Obama rather than the McCain-train's take on Obama, you'd know that he HAS acknowledged a tactical improvement in Iraq. Its the political progress that he claims hasn't progressed... not the military progress. In McCain's death-throws, all he's doing is repeating "democrats cut and run, Obama is wrong... democrats cut and run, Obama is wrong..." regardless of what Obama is actually saying. Seems to me that ignoring reality is the strategy the republicans rely on most.

    July 22, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  15. Annette

    CNN, I heard very little comment yesterday from the network regarding McCain error in what borders Afghanistan. McCain said Iraq??? It's pakistan. As much talk lately about little media attention on him, and something like this comes out of McCain mouth from a person who has said countless times he has more foreign policy experience? How? If Obama made this serious mistake the media flood gates would have been wide open to point this out. Okay so were is the fairness then?

    July 22, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. Generation X

    Why want McCain focus on what he is planning to do for our country instead of always attacking Senator Obama. McCain doesn't have a plan is the reason for his constant attacks. Old man get a life!!!

    July 22, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. blaising

    What the h*ll is a "surge" anyway? If I hear that word one more time, in reference to Iraq, my head is gonna explode.

    It's like a football team demanding recognition for a third quater comeback in a game they weren't supposed to play in the first place.

    July 22, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. JDM

    In Grades school, H.S., and college debates, Sen Mcain position would lose. To see his veiw of the topic, you would need to suspend logic. Mcain and his people are saying some really stupid things and getting away with it!
    1. the media always follow the main story.
    2. You should know the country you are talking about.
    3. You can't side with Bush and crush him him in the same speech.
    What happen to the 2000 Mcain? The 2008 version is confuse.

    July 22, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. J. Sully, New York

    Again, McWar. What do we win? WHAT?? Where's the victory with this war? What a bunch of BS!!!!

    Who cares about a surge in a war that should have never been fought. Young lives lost for what????? Just to save face. McShame's phony victory crap again.

    July 22, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. Reggie

    Iraq wants us to go home Mccain. You heard it, I heard it, the troops at home heard it, and anyone else who watches the news heard it. So can we please leave now? I promise it will not hurt your chances of winning the election. Unless you just want to be president then bring them home so you can say look at what I did. Just to try to make it in the history books. That is a McShame. Not going to work because to many people are praying for a change. Besides Bush used up all those stategies that you are trying last year. The only differance is he was a little better and did not seem so desperate without any other plan. You spend to much time being negative until you are starting to come across as a negative person. I don't want you to be President, but I don't think that is really your personality to be so negative. You are getting bad advise. In some ways you could have been an adset in the future, but after you loss this your party and the Dems. is going to turn on you. You just praised the guy in front of the NAACP last Wed. now you act like he stole something from you. Oh my fault that would be the 2008 presidential election.

    July 22, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. Sarah

    McSame voted for the Iraq war...This is the main point
    He spent long time in Washington but has poor judgement. Although Obama is new, but he has proven to be right in many issues affecting the world security and war against terrorism.

    McCain is a war monger. If elected, he will start world war 3...

    I know CNN will not post this. Watching CNN over the last 2 weeks is similar to watching fox news. I found MSNBC the only balanced channel

    July 22, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Mikey

    It appears that CNN is now in the business of propping up McCain to keep this race, at least in appearance, as close as possible to maximize viewership.

    Apparently, they are enabling the McCain camps efforts to talk about Iraq, Iraq, Iraq nonstop. I guess since the economic crisis is some sort of psychological mirage, it's not worth McCain's time – or CNN's for that matter.

    A quote from the past – It's the economy, stupid!

    July 22, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. Travis (in the real world

    McWar I have a question for you

    Do you have any policies?....All I hear from you is attacking Obama.

    You couldn't give a rats butt about anything that is happening in the country, you just want to get elected.

    Now for some advice....do you remember what all the negative barbs did for Billary?.....enough said.

    July 22, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. TheOtherSide

    Can McCain talk about his policies? Or he doesn't have any other than negating those of Obama. this is why OB get more coverage.pretty simple .

    July 22, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. Jamal kansas

    Mccain is in hot water and he knows it he has no Plan on the way to beat Obama if Hillary and the Clinton could not beat Obama then Old Mccain defintely won't Obama 08

    July 22, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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