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. VON BISMARK, Vienna

    These Republicans have nothing to offer thi time around.
    mcWAR it's all over.Come sing another time!

    July 22, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. Stephen H

    Am I the only one who is absolutely tired of McCain's criticisms of Obama's Iraq/Afghanistan policies while offering nothing in terms of his own? Whats worse is the insistence that "we have succeeded in Iraq". What a crock! Have we captured those who were responsible for the 911 attacks or found any WMDs as was the original stated purpose for the war? Thats what success should be measured by and nothing else.

    BTW, it angers me that McCain is all too willing to focus the entirety of his remarks on the success of the surge, but he fails to acknowledge that a surge would not have been necessary if we had never started this failed war to begin with. The terrorists are still out there and bringing them to justice should be the focus of our current military action. Straight Talk Express my foot!!!!!

    July 22, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. Linda31

    Attack attack attack. What are you going to do if (slim chance) you were elected?????

    July 22, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. Independent-woman-4-Obama

    That's ALL McCain has is Iraq. He's dead-in-the-water on the NUMBER ONE ISSUE FOR AMERICANS: THE ECONOMY. With the likes of Phil Gramm advising him, McCain knows he has to stay away from the ECONOMY.

    So, folks, after 8 years of Republicans in the White House (and Congress for 12 years until '06) ARE YOU BETTER OFF TODAY?????????????



    July 22, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. RyanD.

    The Iraqi government wants a timetable.
    The Iraqi people want a timetable.
    The American people want a timetable.
    Obama has a presented a timetable, yet McCain simultaneously refuses yet claims victory?

    What is there to argue here? McCain is confused and running out of gas.

    Obama 08'

    July 22, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. Less

    McCain needs to just drop out of the election. He has no business running for president.

    McCain has nothing positive to offer our American troops or us. His verbal expressions show his lack of real concern on just what the troops are actually feeling and going through.

    Obama for President !


    July 22, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. Isaac

    McCain keeps on saying that America will leave Iraq subject to conditions on the ground, is that a Republican way to say that America will be there for a 100 years?

    America was not supposed to be in, they are in & the Politician who hates war does not want them out, please someone help me understand what McCain really wants, really realy wants.

    July 22, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. kendall

    McCain is making a point, Obama has no military experience, and would bring American troops from Iraq and redeploy agaist the militia that we really need to target, It's a shame that Mccain's point is making him look bad, first the surge which is really an escalation is working, and no he's trying to keep up with Obama in mentioning that he will bring U.S. troops hom by the end of his first term, never mind last month it would be a permanent duty station for troops for generations or even a 100 years, McCain looks like politics as usual and he can't keep up with Obama

    July 22, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. What if?

    Didn't McBush and his camp state the other day that while Obama was traveling overseas, he was going to spend the time sticking to issues that voters care most about, namely the AILING ECONOMY.

    Nothing has changed, McSame is trying to use bulling and scare tactics to get voters to second guess themselves. Some of us would have thought that McSame would have learned before, when he tried to use Obama’s limited traveling overseas to fool the voters into voting for him and that back fired.

    Now that Obama is traveling overseas, It is obvious that McSame only cares about scare tactics and himself winning votes, he is so out of touch with the 98% of American that he stated he would be sticking to issues that voters care most. If this back fires again by trying to discredit Obama, he can only blame himself.

    Same McBush, say one thing and do another..……..sticking to issues that we the voters care most about, YEA....RIGHT!

    Obama 08

    July 22, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. AA

    I would never vote for John McCain if he makes "rape" jokes. Jokes like that are really in bad taste. It really reveals who McCain really is and his horrible personality.

    July 22, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. Chipster

    McCain will "keep up the Iraq pressure?" What pressure? The McBush Iraq policy is simple: Never Leave Iraq

    If we can't leave because things are so bad and now we can't leave when adding more troops reduces the violence (well, duh!), then we simply cannot ever leave. Isn't that why the permanent bases were being built?

    If voters want our troops to come home, they need to vote for Democratic candidates. It's really that simple. Republicans will remain in Iraq and move on to Iran. China? North Korea? Nah – don't be silly – there's no oil there.

    July 22, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. Obama 08: white, 60 year old woman

    I just watched Obama's press conference from Jordan and heard a man who sees a world view of many components, and regions for American actions and diplomacy.

    McCain, on the other hand, is stuck in and on Iraq. When is he going to give us his world view and when, after more than two years, is he going to visit Afghanistan to see the reality on the ground there. McCain has to do more than constantly attack Obama and the "surge" and tell voters what his vision for the future is.

    July 22, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. Unshrub

    Let's get this right; McCain says that we should reward those who made the bad choice of invading Iraq by electing them president because they now claim they fixed the problem. They have not fixed the problem they created because there are more terrorists in the world because of the war they supported in Iraq, our economy is in shambles because of the war in Iraq, we have over 4,000 dead because of the war in Iraq, and we are in trouble in Afghanistan because of the war in Iraq. That doesn't sound like they have seceded to me.

    July 22, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. cherrystrawberry

    Mc2Old is Sad.....and Pathetic

    July 22, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  15. Jimmy in NJ

    Ho Hum McCain. Your arguments are getting old too!

    July 22, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. al







    July 22, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. Montana is Obama Country

    I see today.. CNN is stepping up the coverage of McWhiner..

    "Why don't they cover me... (whaaaa....whaaaa).. I make great gaffes"


    July 22, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. Steve (Independent)

    Again? *yawn*

    July 22, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. Jason, OH

    Instead of playing RIGHT or WRONG war games, Obama will rightfully move on to brokering diplomatic ties with the Iraqi government. For some reason, most Republicans seems have a hard time grasping that this sort of move should have been initiated in FULL force much sooner. The ability to conduct a smooth Iraqui sovereignty will not be based on how many troops we can continue to re-deploy there, but how the Iraqi's govern themselves with Iran and Pakistan hovering on their borders.

    Real strength comes from diplomatic independency. Lead by example and let everything else take care of itself. Obama understands this, and that's why he will be the one who will chaperon US liaisons with the Middle East like we've never seen before.

    July 22, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. Licht

    If the Iraqi government wants the USA to get out, then we should go out, otherwise we are just imperialists and hypocrites.

    July 22, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. Love My USA

    Has anybody heard if Barack Hussein Obama has served in The American Armed Services? This is for all you Barack voters. From Barack's book, Audacity of Hope: 'I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.'HE DID NOT SAY STAND WITH AMERICANS!!!!! Think about it....

    Did you all know that MCCains sons are in the service (3).

    July 22, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. Atlian

    So what exactly did WE win in Iraq?

    July 22, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. arun

    "We need a consistent, steady beat for the heart of the White House and McCain is the only candidate with the experience to deliver it."

    Not if that beat goes along the lines of "Bomb Iran"

    July 22, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. LT for Obama

    He says that Obama refuses to acknowledge the success of the surge. The interview I saw last night on ABC's Nightline proves that McCain just likes to lie. Obama did admit to the success and what he sees as why the surge worked even though he did not anticipate the success.

    Get a new line McCain and get a clue.

    July 22, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. karen-phoenix

    I do think he protests to much!!! McCain represents old school and Obama represents new school. I'm 64 and do not want to be reminded of two failed wars-VN and Iraq! Lost to many friends. I want peace!!! Peace is patriotic!!! There is NO "winning" the Iraq war for the United States. The Iraqes will win. It's THEIR country and we destroyed it. PEACE and more PEACE. This is what Obama represents and a new beginning for the United States!!! Out with the old and in with the new. Such is life!!!

    July 22, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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