September 26th, 2008
10:30 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain: 'New 9/11' less likely now than after attacks

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="McCain said another attack like 9/11 is unlikely."]
OXFORD, Mississippi (CNN) - John McCain said Friday another attack on the scale of the September 11, 2001, hijackings is "much less likely" now than it was the day after 9/11.

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"America is safer now than it was on 9/11," he said, "But we have a long way to go before we can
declare America safe."

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Barack Obama, his Democratic rival for the White House, agreed that the United States is "safer in some ways," but said the country needed to focus more on issues such as nuclear non-proliferation and restoring America's image in the world.

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  1. Mark - FL

    We are fighting a war in the wrong country Meanwhile AlQuida has safe haven in Pakistan and is groing stronger by the day- DUH!
    Is McCain losing it????

    September 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  2. Genie

    I am tired if him talking about General Patrais, Ronald Reagan and his military career. He can't talk about the real issues because he is as clueless as Bush.

    September 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  3. Sean

    maybe so, but lots of smaller attaacks could happen as a result of America's tarnished reputation abroad as a result of a phone OIL-MOTIVATED War in Iraq!

    September 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  4. MemeForObama

    Obama is being tooooo nice to Mccain and in return Mccain is hitting him hard and in a very negative way.

    Obama needs to fight back-SERIOUSLY

    September 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  5. Victoria

    It's difficult to trust the judgement of someone who has crashed how many airplanes - five, I think.

    September 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  6. Linda

    Wow, Obama is clearly pulling the wool over many eyes here!! LOL
    Are you all kidding me? Obama is reading from note cards and can't speak in a fluid sentence.
    McCain is speaking naturally ... from experience.

    I can tell CNN's board is full of left wingers! So sad!
    You would elect someone inexperienced to lead our country during times of war and economic strife just because you are of the same poltical "party".
    Well folks, it seems all of you don't know what you support either because Obama has not said one thing about what he will do about anything. He has grandise ideas but no strategy ... no plan.

    Anyone notice the sudden gray in Obama's hair?

    September 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  7. annick, Washington DC

    Uama scoring pts on going back to the domestic issues

    September 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  8. chitowngal07

    I agree it is much less likely but not impossible and McCain did not say it was impossible. I think that most Americans were shocked awake when 9/11 happened because such a monstrosity had never occurred her in the U.S. I believe Americans were awakened on that day to the possiblility but it does not mean it will happen.

    September 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  9. slusk

    I think we are arrogant if we think it will not happen. Obama has been clear about his policies, McCain seems to only know "He doesn't understand" Obama compliments McCain, but McCain is trying to get points with how many times he says the word understand. If we can't change the perception of other countries of the USA we will never get to a point where we will be safe here on American soil.

    September 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  10. drjaydip

    see i just told u come out of iraq i am indepandent and john mccain u dont get it so stop telling obam doesnt get it come out of iraq for god sak

    September 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  11. Terri

    Go ahead and scream!!!!Obama doesn't seem to understand and we cannot trust him with our nation or our children!!!!!!!

    September 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  12. Les

    McCain needs to talk like a world leader and stop talking like a teenager saying things like "he doesn't get it". What McCain has done throughout the whole campaign has been reactionary. He sees what's working for the democrats and steals the ideas. For instance, Obama clicked with people by saying Mccain "doesn't get it"; Obama's motto is change: McCain picked Palin only after Hillary was chosen as a nominee. McCain is no maverick. He's a reactionary with no real ideas of his own. He sure knows how to smirk and act smugly and be arrogant. It only shows that he's a good soldier but not a good leader or an educated statesmen.

    September 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  13. Dreamy

    McCain really does not want to leave Iraq. According to him we will never be able to leave Iraq. Obama is right McCain's sole focus is Iraq.

    September 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  14. obamasupporter

    What difference does it make whether or not we get attacked again if we can't afford food, clothing, or homes? Why not talk about OUR COUNTRY, what is going on here in AMERICA? HELLO, we need help, talk about that. Thank you Obama for relating this back to what is going on here on the home front.....

    September 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  15. kristin

    okay so maybe one Just like 9/11 is less likely today -
    but as Obama says our biggest threat is in a suitcase -
    and Bin ladden is still out there
    But all of this doesnt stop Mckain from telling all his stupid stories
    Hes like that crazy uncle who wants so badly to be part of the conversation but he doent understand the subject or the context

    September 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
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