September 26th, 2008
09:55 PM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: McCain scoring points

OXFORD, Mississippi (CNN) - McCain's scoring points on Obama's opposition to the so-called surge in Iraq, a buildup of forces that McCain vigorously supported.

Obama's argument is that McCain was wrong on going to war in Iraq. McCain's arguing that Obama was wrong on the surge.


Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. Christie

    Show me one picture, where McCain actually looks at Obama! At no time does McCain even look at him! Body language suggests Senator McCain is purely disgusted with Senator Obama.

    September 26, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  2. inuk of the north

    Bill Clinton is right.

    This guy has parlayed one speech against the war in 2003 into an entire presidential campaign.

    Hope for change, change for hope, need for change, change for need, duh.

    Can I be president too?

    September 26, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  3. liz

    He just stated that he visited Iraq...I know for a fact that he ONLY visited the places where the President could be allowed to go!!! He did not go into where the troops are there suffering!!! Maybe if the world would wake up and see that maybe that could see that McCain is WRONG!!!

    September 26, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  4. MH

    Invading another country is WRONG! Period!! Nothing can be justified about a wrong war.

    September 26, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  5. Hispanic Woman for McCain

    Get over how the war started...both parties heard the same intelligence and both parties cheered the President along with the rest of the country when we went in and defeated the murderous tyrant. We are there now and we need to win. Our troops are committed and our commanders on the ground are smart. We can't back out...BTW...McCain is not attached to the President, if he was, I would be paying for your financial bailout.

    September 26, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  6. LA33ROSS

    What points. He jokes about bombing Iran and supported the war to began with. So what points can he make at this time. He is not good underpressure. He look like he wants to jump out his skin

    September 26, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  7. sneaky pete

    the surge was a one time incident and anyone who was against the war would be against the surge. did it work? yes but what difference has it really made. I still want to know how we are winning the war and what we are getting out of even being over there.

    September 26, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  8. chitowngal07

    I beg to differ. They are both talking to America!!! If they did not want anyone to look at the moderator they should have placed in the dim light too!! That is just nit picking. I think that Obama's strategy is to piss of McCain which he should be concetrating on the questions and what we Americans need.

    September 26, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  9. Ann T

    I too disagree with Schneider. Although McCain so far is ho.lding his own, he rambles too much, isnt' giving clear answers and is a bit testy. Obama is doing better, especially considering foreign policy is suppose to be a McCain edge.

    September 26, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  10. Nikk

    Oh no he didn't just say 'straight talk'! OMG, he's delusional.

    September 26, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  11. Hillary Supporter for McCain/Palin

    Obama is against the war in Iraq but in favor of war with Pakistan! Go figure!!!!

    September 26, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  12. greg

    MCCAIN just does not get it, they used 9/11to go to iraq and that was wrong. Of course once a war starts you have to fight whether it was right to go their or not. BUT WE SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN THEIR IN THE FIRST PLACE

    September 26, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  13. Darrell

    A war that was built on lies much like the McCain campaign.Obama is absolutley keeping up or ahead of bomb bomb McCain.I am getting sick of McCain saying Obama does not understand only to have Obama come out with the correct understanding.It is easy to tell McCain has dropped in polls as he starts the scare tactics.

    September 26, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  14. liz

    Senator McCain has not once looked at Sen. Obama and it is so unbelievably ridiculous!!! He needs to grow up!

    September 26, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  15. tillman

    MC CAIN MADFE REMARKS TO OIL IN IRAN.

    SOUNDS LIKE ANOTHER WAR FOR OIL ?

    September 26, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  16. Ben

    McCain is absolutely destroying Obama on both the economy and foreign policy. McCain seems to be talking from his heart and Obama sounds like he has strings pulling his jaw up and down with nothing but scripted responses.

    I'm shocked McCain is doing so well after all the negativity from this site saying how McCain didn't stand a chance.

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 26, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  17. Diana Menhennick

    Obama is telling america what he will do if elected while McCain is using the same scare tactics.

    September 26, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  18. Hillary Supporter for McCain/Palin

    People wake up – McCain is wining like he did the other time REMEBER!

    September 26, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  19. tan

    Obama is wavering! He is clearly more intelligent and has the right policies (economic and international) but his delivery is very poor. Unless he pulls it together the debate is going to mccain (god help us if he wins!)

    September 26, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  20. chitowngal07

    I don't blame McCain for not looking at Obama in the end who really cares they are not running for most likeable they are running to be the Head of our country!! I don't care if neither one likes the other one........Just say the truth stop the lies...

    September 26, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  21. Jay

    McCain is hell bent on continuing this war in the middle east and he is building up to the "fear factor" of the Bush administration.

    September 26, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  22. E Ray

    I must agree, going into iraq was the problem in the first place. The US needed to focus solely on Afghanistan.

    September 26, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  23. Baze

    he did score more points on iraq, but here's the problem. America is TIRED OF IRAQ and Obama saying that we should've never gone there is ultimately a stronger argument.

    September 26, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  24. Sandra in Ontario

    McCain has lost sight of what the surge was about..it's wasn't about just fighting..the Anwar Awakening tossed Al Quada out of their area, Sadr, and Saudi Arabia coming together had decreased the violence six months prior to the surge.
    The surge was to help the al Malaki Government form a political consensus with Sunnis, Shias, and Kurds and create a constitution. What McCain's surge has done is ghetoized Iraq with walls and barb wire separating Sunnis from Shias into separate areas. These people lived togther and intermarried prior to Bush and McCain invading the country.

    September 26, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  25. GEEZER/GIDGET '08

    Bill,

    I must be watching a debate in a parallel universe!, Hopefully, I will find the time portal at the end of the debate!

    September 26, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
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