July 29th, 2008
08:45 AM ET
15 years ago

McCain says he could support 16-month Iraq timetable

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/07/28/mccain.larryking/art.mccain.0728.ap.jpg caption="Sen. John McCain appears Monday in Bakersfield, California, before talking to Larry King."]LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) - Sen. John McCain could support a 16-month timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, he told CNN's Larry King Monday night.

But the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said he would only do that if military chiefs deemed the "conditions on the ground" safe enough.

Watch: McCain talks to Larry King

Speaking from Bakersfield, California, the Arizona senator said he would not stick to a "hard and firm date" suggested by Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

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soundoff (420 Responses)
  1. Uncle Fester

    Terry in Lakeland – you obviously don't have a clue what Obama's plans are other than what has been spoon fed to you by the likes of Faux News and Limbaugh.
    -Obama will raise taxes- yes, on people making over $250,000 a year. How do you propose paying for the little adventure GWB has been on for the last 6 years? I find it slightly hypocritical that someone who thinks it is wrong to "talk to terrorists" has no problem mortgaging our country to the hilt with Communist China.
    -He plans to take choice out of healthcare. This is just patently false. People with private insurance would be free to keep it. The millions of uninsured would be the ones getting a "choice".
    -we will not drill for our own oil-again a lie. He is opposed to drillling in out coastal waters-but favors the oil companies drilling in the hundreds of thousands of square miles of land they already have available and are not using. As far as importing foreign oil goes-there is no way that can be stopped, we cannot produce enough domestically to cover our needs-and drilling new wells would not yield results for years.
    -He wants to meet with terrorists-No, he is willing to meet with heads of states of countries that we consider enemies. It is called DIPLOMACY. Something that has been sorely lacking for the last 8 years.
    It takes a wingnut to know one

    July 29, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Along for the ride

    Trolling, trolling, trolling,

    Spin cycle on both sides spiraling out of control today I see.

    Trolling, trolling....

    July 29, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. F. Lynn

    The white house listens to Obama, McCain listens to Obama, boy for a guy with supposedly no experience, everybody in power or want-a-be sure listens too and endorses his judgements!

    July 29, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. Grog in Ohio

    Wait... I thought you said setting a time table was step toward surrender and accepting defeat!! I'm sooo confused!!!

    Here's an idea... let's get rid of ALL of the Republicans and see if we can clean up their mess within the next, say, 20 years!

    175 days till the end of the Bush administration.

    July 29, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. David

    Both candidates just telling us what we want to hear. no change is coming folks. not by either of these bought and paid for cronies.

    July 29, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Cracka lova

    John from Texas......I support Mc Cains service....have you seen Forrest Gump......this is what your candidate sounds like.....war hero, stumbled on a whole bunch of money, and still a complete idiot...........I guess everything is still big in Texas including dummies and good ole boys

    July 29, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. Tanya Kujath

    Is that called a Flip-Flop?

    July 29, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. easy

    flippty flopty

    Obama 08

    see the path to greatness

    July 29, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. proud army and navy mom

    cnn, are there any real reporters there?

    Why do you treat the candidates differently.? You harp and harp on what you preceive the tiniest misstep of Sen Obama, but mcwar just continues almost every day with his lies, misspeaks, confusion and deceit. You gloss over it like it was nothing.

    You play and play that commercial of Mccain for free acting as if it was true. You make no statements of the actual lies and misrepresentations in it. If you must continue to campaign for Mccain, why don't you try and make an effort to be fair and balanced or have you just thrown that out of the window?

    Why is that?

    July 29, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. Maxie

    Mr SongBird.... ZigZag

    McCain would do to anything to win this election.

    Ohhh... He knows how to win "wars"......

    Envy... McCain didnt see this Overseas trip turning out this way... (Obama's Team did it better).... Cooperation with other countries is important. The rest of the World knows who is a better leader.

    McCain can 'sugar-coat' all his words.... about the War, Economy (deficits).... Obama does it better

    ALL McCain has to do is watch his own clips, and he'll vote for Obama

    July 29, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  11. Ron democrat turned independent

    sen. obama proved one thing going to iraq and talking to the commanders on the ground. Their advice is worth nothing compared to his superior judgement and he is willing to stake a whole lot of American soldiers lives to prove it. yesterday he had all these suppose to be economic advisers on tv with him which is all for show. if that man is willing to trade lives to satisfy his ego how can he expect us to believe he will follow what economist have to say.

    July 29, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. Cracka lova

    Mike and Syracuse.......save it man you and the Rethugs......Mc Cain can modifies his position daily but we all are supposed know where he stands......you need to post on the Fox news funeral home; Hannity needs a new make-up artist.......we are not listening because it is never clear where your guy stands but I will say he never stands alone too long........he is not a leader.....he is the rethugs poster child for alzheimers

    July 29, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. dan collins

    I guess if McCain thinks Obamba is correct then I guess McCain has become an Obama supporter. Frankly, McCain has OLD ideas and comes from the OLD school. We need NEW ideas and a NEW approach to our issues. Thing is that Obama has similar big money pulling his strings as well. There really is no choice this time. sad.

    July 29, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. Little Hawk

    There you go . . . Johnflip McBushflop

    July 29, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Robert

    "A vote for McCain is a vote for the same"...old bad politics we're trying to rid ourselves of. I listened to his views on Larry King Live last night and I heard him misspeak at least three times. He was so dead set on his negative comments about Barack Obama that he lost track of even who he talking about and put his own John McCain name in there a few too many times.
    It's obvious, McCaine is too old to be President. I think he's starting to really get more and more confused as time goes by.

    July 29, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. Tarla

    Total flip flop

    He's only even considering it now because the American people want it. He thinks by doing this he will get people's votes.

    Well guess what McBush, it won't happen. And someone really needs to call him on this and his other flipflop's and lies. He's getting away with entirely to much.

    But if you guy's really want him in the White House then by all mean's. Its just going to be 4 more years of the same. And we'll be in even worse shape than we are now.

    Obama 08.

    July 29, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. Platform Flip-Flops

    McCain is rocking the flip-flops today! Not only has he changed his mind on his major platform – to go to the Obama 16-month time table. He's going to raise taxes. ABC news is reporting that he's backing off of his 'no new taxes' stand. What a weak candidate!

    July 29, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. James Hussein, SC

    Stevie July 29th, 2008 10:50 am ET

    McCain only got onething in his favour right now that will allow people to vote for him, even if he is wrong on every topic..HE IS WHITE.

    The problem is: that there is much truth in your statement!

    July 29, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  19. Cracka lova

    Lola give me a today issue.....theres is no gas or oil, theres is no economic issues, there is no Iraq in your post....so what US are you living in oh you must be rich and irrogant or poor and insecure these are the only groups that Obama has problems with......too bad there are way more poor and insecure people that don't realize it.......only 5% of the people will have higher taxes

    July 29, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. Johann

    McCain isn't flip flopping: he didn't say that we should stay in Iraq for 100 years, he said that we should stay for 100 years if that's what it takes to defeat Islamic fundamentalism in Iraq.

    July 29, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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