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. Terry, Lakeland Florida

    for the last time people, drop the whole 100 years thing...it only reminds us how stupid all you dems are....he said we'd have a presence there for a long time....PRESENCE....look up the word if you need to. Also there is no flip here..READ what he said..he'd have no problem with 16 months IF the commanders said that's what we needed to do and if it could be done in a safe manner and if it wouldn't leave a major security hole in Iraq.

    I repeat READ the report don't just spill the normal Dem stupidity

    July 29, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. Morningstar

    Wow grand pa! My head is spinning!

    July 29, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. Terry, Lakeland Florida

    Wake Up people. If McCain were to win two devastating this would happen immediately;

    1) we will never get the troops home;

    2) he could possibly appoint as many as 3 justices to the Supreme Court; and

    3) your taxes will go way up.
    Err you listed 3 things not two....but your a dem so we forgive you

    July 29, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. Pink Elephant

    He would support a 16-month timetable – IF COMMANDERS ON THE GROUND DETERMINED THIS TO BE THE BEST OPTION.

    July 29, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. James Hussein, SC

    Flip-Flop flip-flop, SURGE, flip-flop flip-flop, SURGE.

    This is the person sooooo many people want to run our country.

    Traitor, liar, thief, adulterer, and war monger.

    July 29, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |

    why doesn't Obama pick McCain as his VP he sure doesn know when to fall in line...

    July 29, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  7. Jon

    You Obama lovers are fools... You still take the 100 years comment out of context. We will be there for 100 years just like Japan and Germany. The troops that may be withdrawn are combat troops. Which account for less than 1/3 of our forces there. Why don't you stop calling it a Flip Flop. In a war you do not pander. Lives are on the line and if the conditions warrant withdrawl, than you do it. And another thing stop complaining that we should have not gone to war. We always had the legal pretext to go to war. The fact that the war was conducted improperly was because Bush did not listen to the comanders on the ground until we were losing. Sound just like you saviors comments last week about not taking what the Generals on the ground into account because it conflicts with his vision. What a bunch of nuts you all are!!!!!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. lil

    Mccain is scary. I dont know which way he is going to go.
    He has been in office for 20+ years and has nothing new to offer.
    Thats why the country is in the state its in.

    July 29, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  9. bob

    You just lost my vote, I wanted the US to be in iraq for another 100 years.

    o wait i changed my mind.

    o wait, i changed my mind again.

    o wait....errr....i am going back to the pancake house.

    July 29, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. We're NOT "your friends"!!!

    McFlip-Flopper, what happend to your 100 year war? I just don't understand how in 3-4 months it went from 100 years to 16 months. Makes no sense to me, I mean nothing has changed THAT much in the past 4 months. Good luck with trying to spin this one, your going to look like a top for the next few days.

    OBAMA '08 + '12

    July 29, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. S. Boatman

    Mccain Thinks Americans Are Just Too Stupid To Realize What He Is Doing! He Hopes Everyone Has A Memory As Bad As His! He Will Now Claim To Have Thought Of The Idea First And Come Out With A Commercial Saying It And Tell More Lies Against Obama! Mccain Is Not An Honorable Man!

    July 29, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. GOBAMA!

    He didn't flipflop...his advancing age caused him to forget what he said last time! He's slowly turning to dust. If he ever got elected...the whitehouse maid might end up vacuuming him up by accident.

    July 29, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. Kris from AZ

    Chuckle chuckle Obama this Obama that. MCcain you sound like a broken record. You have no substance when you are giving your speeches. You show signs of flip floping to get support of conservatives and you are not the straight talk express you claim you are. you are going to make debating easy for Obama. You cant win. Her that Hillinites and republicans?

    July 29, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. SD

    King of the flip flopper's

    July 29, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. Terry, Lakeland Florida

    "Obama would be the biggest mistake this country has made since Jimmy Carter. Obama will tax the American people, ruin health care, not drill for oil, get cozy with terrorists, and the list goes on."

    When you make stuff up, the list can go on forever.

    "McCain would be the biggest mistake this country has made since George Bush. McCain will tax the American people, continue Bush's rampant spending habits, do nothing about health care that doesn't benefit the insurance companies, ignore alternative forms of energy, give huge subsidies to the oil companies that will do nothing to lower oil prices, fight the terrorists wherever they aren't, eat babies, ignore threats, fly off the handle with foreign leaders, and the list goes on."

    See how easy that was!
    Only difference is that Obama list is correct. He has stated he plans to drop tax cuts (Raise taxes), He plans to take choice out of health care, he refuses to stop buys oil from over seas(We will not drill for our own oil..he said it sorry you cannot fight that fact), he wants to meet with terrorists, with no conditions...he said it not me. So moan all you wait, your holy Obama has stated he plans to do EVERYTHING on that list....respond to that if you can...no wait you left wing nuts never do.

    July 29, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. McArsenic

    today is the 41 anniversary of the tragedy aboard the USS Forrestal. a day where 134 crewmen where killed and another 161 wounded. some reports indicate that John Mccain wet started his Sky Hawk, which led to a series of explosions. the brave men of the USS Forrestal fought for some 20 hrs to contain the blaze. John Mccain was immediately transferred to another ship the USS Oriskany (the only Forrestal crewman to be immediately transferred). A few month later John McCain would get shot down and captured by the Vietcong, he had by his own admission while being a POW gave up Military information to the enemy, garnishing McCain with the nickname...SONGBIRD. in 1973 returning home McCain would soon start having an affair with Cindy Lou, his now second wife. his then current wife Carol, who was a model at one point and the mother of his first children was in a car accident which left her dis figured. Mccain left her to marry Cindy 1 month after the divorce was final...thin ink had not dried. using Cindy's vast fortune McCain got into politics. he had risen from scandals including Keating 5 to reports of an affair with a lobbyist. Now John Mccain wants us to vote for him....i think NOT. i could not in good conscience vote for a man who graduated 894 out of 899, has 59 lobbyist working on his campaign, who will do or say ANYTHING to get a vote, offers NO solution only attacks, has that kind of temper, finds the only answer to a problem is WAR. i know you don't have the guts to post this CNN, but the American people need to know the truth about this man.

    July 29, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. Indiana Voter

    Does the fact that McCain has no real platform lead him to his resorting to his baseless attacks on Obama? If you have a lot going on for yourself, you do not need to personally attack others. In fact, McCain had promised he would not do this, but here is another flip flop. While he denies being Bush II, I'm seeing that he and George Bush are cut from the same cloth. Moreover, where is his character and word? With his forgetfulness and confusion, I'm frightened by the prospect of McCain as President.

    July 29, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. captain

    McCain and the GOP have found an effective strategy:

    Adopt Obama's foreign policy while simultaneously denouncing him as inexperienced.

    July 29, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |






    July 29, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. karen-phoenix

    The man is just toooo old!! No OLD experience in Washington again!! It will destroy what is left of our country!!! Out with the old, In with the new!!! It's going to take excellent judgement (Obama) to get us out of the mess the republicans have gotten us into in the last 8 years!!! McCain changes his mind every day!!!! FLip flop? No, he is following Obama who has the right answers!!

    July 29, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  21. Obamalism

    No flipping here. He's always said he'll withdraw when conditions on the ground deem it appropriate. If that just so happens to be in 16 months, so be it.

    Anyone who repeats the '100 years' comment proves what a moron you are and have no idea what you're talking about. Moveon.org isn't the best place to get your news folks.

    July 29, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. Obama-Junkie, IL

    Where is the media scrutiny on McCain's statement on Larry King? If this had been Obama on Larry King saying that "we may be in Iraq 50 years. why not a 100?", the "freaks" of media and blogs would be trying to eat Obama alive.

    This is a major flip for McCain to be talking about timelines and agreeing with Obama's Iraq plan.

    One of the main questions not being asked of McCain when it comes to Iraq is will America have permanent military bases in Iraq?

    July 29, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. S. Boatman

    You Are A Lying, Pandering, Flip Flopper And You Are On Longer My Friend Mccain!

    July 29, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  24. Unity

    Notice McCain at least once a week gives a quick interview in front of an oil producing image. He is looking very much like a commercial for the US oil industry. Makes you wonder if air time was somehow paid for here.

    Why aren't the media zooming in on this MAJOR, MAJOR total reverse of McCain's MAIN platform – which basically copies Obama's???

    July 29, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  25. Tony, Miami

    Everytime I look at McCain only one thing come to my mind "RETIREMENT"

    July 29, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
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