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. Johnboy

    Shame on you for that headline, CNN. That is not what he said at all. He simply said that IF, after examining the facts, a timeline is appropriate that he would support one. You'r trying to make it look like he flip flopped to Obama's strict 16-month timeline when that is clearly not the case. Again, shame on you.

    July 29, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |

    The old guy finally came to his senses......but it's too little ....too late !!!!

    July 29, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. ProudToBeDemocrat

    Repubicans are starting to copy everthing obama says now, last night Mccain not only did he say he suppoerts 16Month timetable, he also flip flapped in the issuse of affirmative action, in the past he said it is divissive, but with larry he went on to say exactly what obama had said he is coping every thing obama says and he tells the American people Obama is inexperieced, My question to Mcwar is what did he get out his 30 years senate experience he is 80 percent of the time wrong he was wrong in supporting bush to go to ware, he flip floped million times.

    July 29, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. David Ferdinand/New York

    ****The Flip-Flop king Reigns****

    July 29, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. Robert in Seattle

    Next on McCains list, flip flop the voting machine results.

    July 29, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. SMOQ


    July 29, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. Kelby from Houston, TX

    What happened to 100 years? This is obvious flip flopping. Do these guys realize that we are listening to the rhetoric and that our memory is significantly longer than that of goldfish.

    And to the guy, E. Scott,
    Right now the nation is in debt the economy is in turmoil (not mental, it's real) Healthcare is non existent for too many Americans.
    Drilling for oil is not going to produce ANY results FOR YEARS. And talking to people and working out our problems without violence takes more strength honor and courage than fighting a war. How bout we stop the terrorist at the source?
    Why are you for McCain and the Republicans after they have driven this country into the ground for 7 and a half years. Do you watch the news? Do you shop at the store? Do you have friends who are struggling? WE NEED CHANGE!



    July 29, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. Robert in Seattle

    So senile he's beginning to think he is Obama.

    July 29, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. Dan, TX

    WASHINGTON — President Bush on Monday praised Pakistan’s commitment to fighting extremists along its deteriorating border with Afghanistan, only hours after an American missile strike destroyed what American and Pakistani officials described as a militant outpost in the region, killing at least six fighters.

    "If we have actionable intelligence and Pakistan is unwilling or unable to act, we will". American power.

    July 29, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  10. Adam, NC

    el flip e' flop for McFossil

    July 29, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  11. Bella

    This is another attempt by CNN to throw viewers off on the road path. I saw the Mccain interview and no where in there did he say he endorsed a time table for withdraw. It was always based on conditions on the ground and whether that may result in troop withdraw in 1 month, 5 months, 12 months, 16 months or 2 years.....conditions dictates this and not candidates proposing to telegraph an artificial stern time table without considerations to gains, interests, american lives and conditions politically and security wise on the ground. CNN is bias and its a real shame!

    July 29, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  12. Can you Believe This?

    CNN) — Sen. John McCain could support a 16-month timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq!!!
    Senator you ATTACK Sentor Obama for 2 weeks or more regarding the 16 months withdrawl ...maybe it was the Mole that was blocking your PEA Size Brain !!
    To E. Scott Worst Person !!!!

    July 29, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. Puck

    Why am I not surprised?

    What a piece of work this guy is. After arguing for
    as long as I can remember that we need to stay
    in Iraq for an extended period of time, NOW he
    decides that what Obama has been saying all
    along is the proper course to take.

    And then he has the AUDACITY to try to slam Obama?!
    What is THAT all about? "Yeah I know Obama has been
    saying we could be out in 16 months, as long as the
    situation on the ground warrants it, but he was wrong to
    say that we could be out in 16 months, as long as the
    situation on the ground warrants it. That's why today,
    I will tell YOU, the American people, that we can be
    out in 16 months, if the situation on the ground warrants it.
    But Obama was wrong for saying it first. Thank you."

    Oh, John – what has become of you?

    July 29, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  14. Accountant Guy

    This guy is a total joke, talk about a flip flopper. Once again he is trying to steal Obama views!!

    Obama/Edwards '08

    July 29, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  15. welches, oregon

    Good Grief – if McSame were to somehow be elected, the entire world would ROAR in collective laughter and disgust. Our Position in the world would finally be destroyed. America – electing the same old War Mongers and wealthy old white men. You cannot travel the world with people referring to you as Beloved and hanging on your every word and not be elected POTUS.

    Obama 'till 2016!

    July 29, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  16. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    JOHN McSAME = FLIP-FLOP EXPRESS = brain paralysis!!!!!!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  17. Tony

    Ah yes, more fodder for stupid liberals to go crazy over. I wonder what the over/under is on McSame, McBush, McHypocrite, etc will be? Not only are your politics mindless and lame, but so are your insults. You still counting back the days since "mission accomplished"?

    McCain's stance has always been that we would withdraw when necessary, and he only said that he'd conditionally withdraw in a 16 month timeframe. Unlike Obama, who wants us to lose this war for his own selfish political gain, McCain actually cares about the military and the safety of our country.

    Sometimes I worry for this country, but then I remember that young liberals don't vote. I'd say see you in November, but you won't be there.

    July 29, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  18. Time to move on

    Obama is the way forward,any attept to elect Maccain is taking America backward.

    July 29, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  19. georgia

    E. scott sounds like you're descibing the Bushes when you consider Bush senior's relationship w / Noriega & even Saddam Husein B4 Saddam dissed him big time . The only difference is the only drilling the Bushes support is that which increases their own oil profits. Mc Same-McShame & camp please point the accusatory "Flip-Flop" finger @ yourselves.Thisis major Flip -Flop Flap for the obvious reason !!!!! America is not buying the fertilizer today !!!!

    July 29, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  20. William, from Cali!

    When "weighing" both of these candidate's position on this important issue, it's unfortunate for us; that neither one of them can "predict the future" and the "future outcome" of that action. So, I guess they both could be right or wrong, but until that time comes, we will never know; will we!

    July 29, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. Adrian Veidt

    This smells of desperation. McCain is well aware that the hope of winning the election is slipping away from him.

    July 29, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  22. Kelby from Houston, TX

    What happened to E. Scott's post? I can't find it. I can find the replies to his post though. Anybody who is voting Republican this year does not care about America. The only reason to vote republican is because you have been brainwashed into believing these guys have our best interests in mind

    July 29, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  23. RJ, CA

    How conveniently the Obamabots pick their terminology! Obama "refines" his issues, McCain flip-flops. Funny! Stupid - but funny!

    As I recall, during the primaries Obama didn't even have any stand on the issues that were his own - the just piggybacked off Hillary. The ONLY stand he could take was that he did not vote for the war - which was a pretty lame stand, since he wasn't yet in the Senate when that vote was taken.

    Then after the primaries he literally STOLE Hillary's stand on the issues. Remember Hillary's "responsible" withdrawal from Iraq and Obama's "immediate" withdrawal from Iraq? No, bet you don't want to.

    Sorry, but the emperor (Obama) still has no new clothes - and some of us actually notice that - go figure!

    July 29, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. Blayze Kohime

    Didn't he say before that a timetable was a timetable to a loss? Why the big change?

    So what he's saying, is that Obama was right all alone; is this suppose to help him?

    July 29, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  25. LK

    Its time for a nap John. Talk about a flip flopper you are number 1. You are worse than Bob Dole. America is DOOMED if you win.

    July 29, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
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