July 29th, 2008
08:45 AM ET
14 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. TheOtherSide

    he is always after Obama's neck about everything. now he supports him. this guy is head-lame 100%. and you call this fit to be commander- in chief? ha ha ha ha

    July 29, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. Anna

    Dear McCain, thank you for coming to your senses. Noone wants to see this war continue with no end in sight. Even the Iraq government likes Obamas plan. Barack Obama will be a great President.

    July 29, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  3. Nick - Arlington, VA

    HA!.....what a hypocrite.....I bet now he is going to take responsibility for the idea of a 16 month pull-out and call Obama naive....

    OBAMA '08

    July 29, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. derrick

    If America votes McCain to be president; then I will conclude that those americans that voted him in needs a mental evaluation.

    July 29, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. E POP

    Yeah Johnnie boy. Follow Obama's lead.

    July 29, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. John from Texas

    John McCain is a fine American hero who will do anything to help his country. He knows whats gots to be done to end this hard war. Our boys are fighting gallantly over there and sure must do our part to support our future leader. God Bless you John McCain you are truely a messenger of greatness.


    July 29, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  7. dewrit

    this man is just to funny, this is just another reason that confiems that i will vote 4 obama

    July 29, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. McCain Lies!

    So your following Obama's judgement huh mcsurge? That's because you made a bad judgement call in voting for the war and you look like a moron now that america, the leaders of Iraq and your own budy gwb wants out too and your 100 yrs in Iraq looks pretty stupid. Wow, I wish we knew what you stood for but we never will because you don't know what you stand for.

    July 29, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |


    July 29, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  10. Moderate Republican Supporting Obama

    I just love how McCain keeps stealing Obama's insightful ideas about how to move forward on Iraq. This shows that McCain has no original ideas of his own. Moreover, it shows how the media refuses to question McCain on his flip-flops.

    July 29, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. Rob Johnson

    What else could he say? "We need to stay in Iraq for the benefit of the Iraqi people....don't listen to them when they say we should leave, we know what's best for them."

    Sounds pretty condescending and paternalistic. Remind me why we aren't an imperialist, colonial power again?

    It still won't help. After his successful overseas trip, Obama is picking up momentum and McCain looks older and more feeble by the day.

    July 29, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. Annette

    Huh! what! Really, the original flip-flopping king. This is a huge change for McCain, since he never endorsed 16 months before or during the primary. Obama will make a terrific leader and we all know it including McCain.

    July 29, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |



    July 29, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. An American

    So, he's now in favor of Obama's plan? This is beyond a flip-flop. It's just ridiculous. McCain is a desperate joke.

    July 29, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. Barack Obama is Our 44th president! YES WE CAN !

    McCain knew Obama's Iraqi withdrawal plan was the RIGHT strategy from the start. Now he's been boxed in and can no longer continue being stubborn and going on the attack .

    It's time for REAL change in Washington, it's time to elect Barack Obama for president !

    July 29, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. atl78

    Wonder how the Obama-haters will spin this one...

    July 29, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    I wish someone would ask McCain this.

    "What if the Iraqi government formally requests that the US conduct a a major drawdown or pullout of troops, while conditions on the ground suggest that the US needs to stay at full strength a bit longer. Would you pull the troops out of Iraq as requested?"

    July 29, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  18. NoMcSame

    Obama leads McSame follows. He talks about Obama all day as if he is Obamas biggest supporter. What a shame to be McSame. Poor old man don't know which way to turn. If he wins it is only because he is white and not because he is the better of the two. The American white people are looking more and more stupid to the rest of the world. Rather lose their houses, money and just plain go down in flames before they elect a blackman as president. If McSame is elected the rest of the world will turn its back on us and say ok cowboy you think that you can, then go at it alone. Our America is crumbling down right in front of us but we are so insane that we will stay on the same path to destruction because of the hate that is within. Well white folks the joke is on you.
    Rush, Sean, Bill and the rest of their ilk laugh at you all the way to the bank. You think that you are one of them? Ha ha. Do they have the same thought as you when they go to the gas pump, pay bill or buy food? Don't be a fool. Don't think like a fool. Change your ways people.

    July 29, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  19. Confused....

    McCain said that Obama's proposal was a "political move" I wonder what is McCain calling it "now"......., Maybe this is his age showing.

    July 29, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  20. Kiki in DC

    So much for Straight talk express, this man will say anything to get elected..... McSnoopy this goes against your McSurge and your 100 years or so at war.... This is so sicken on so many levels, it's not even funny. I can't believe people are actually trying to decide if they will vote for Obama or McSame??? The choice is clear as the blue sky.

    Obama "08"

    July 29, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  21. Janet

    Now who's flip-flopping???? He doesn't know what he wants!! We are headed for serious trouble ahead if McCain gets elected!
    OBAMA 2008

    July 29, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  22. RollaMO

    Hmmm, offshore drilling, 16 month timelines. What's that echo I hear from 4 years ago? "Flip-flop, flip-flop"

    July 29, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  23. Rick FL

    Obama shows true leaderdship on foreign policy IMHO. He advocated a goal of 16 months (not a hard & firm way McCain purports) to draw down American forces responsibly in Iraq. Obama has proposed this strategy for a long time. It's interesting how the Iraqi government agrees with him, and McCain is willing to follow Obama's positions on Afghanistan and Iraq now.

    Obama '08

    July 29, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  24. Who 2 Vote 4???

    This guy has my head spinning. So much for straight talk express. Wasn't it just yesterday that he was arguing, that he never spoke the word 'timetable'???

    July 29, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  25. B. Gorman

    So Senator Obama is Still wrong about Iraq, but you now think his plan is the right one? Senator McCain, you are really running a terrible campaign here. Fortunately, I think more and more Americans are starting to believe in Senator Obama's plan for our future. We could use a little hope.

    July 29, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
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