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December 2nd, 2009
09:35 AM ET

McCain supports Obama's plan, for the most part

Top Republicans are weighing in on President Obama's prime time address last night.

Senator John McCain attended a White House briefing yesterday on the new Afghanistan strategy, and today he says he supports the president's decision – mostly. Sen. McCain spoke to John Roberts on American Morning Wednesday with his reaction to the speech.

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's opponent in last year's election says he supports the president's buildup of troops in Afghanistan, but Senator John McCain believes laying out an exit strategy is a mistake.

"If you say there's a date certain for withdrawal, your friends and enemies who will be in the region make accommodations accordingly," McCain said.

During Tuesday night's prime time address laying out his Afghanistan troop buildup, President Obama said that a troop withdrawal could begin as early as July 2011.

McCain said Wednesday in an interview on CNN's American Morning that Obama "gave an excellent speech and I think the policy, although it's very extended period of deliberation which is now behind us, is a good one, and I'm confident the president will do exactly as he says."

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  1. Stephen McCullough

    Rick Jones, with all that you stated why in the world did you vote for him,,,,?????

    December 9, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  2. Stephen McCullough

    Who cares what he or the party of NO think,,,they refuse to work with the president regardless of what the American people want,,they are just for the rich – period...

    December 9, 2009 at 1:34 pm |
  3. Daryl

    Ah McCain, you've done it again

    December 8, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  4. Mike

    Liz writes: McCain is a true American hero. Obama should listen to his voice of experience. Especially since he (and his cronies) have never served our country. Instead of fund raising and taking Hollywood photos, he should have been studying strategy. He took much to long to make a decision while our troops are waiting on the front lines. Next time, military service is a must have for the Commander in Chief. Hey Liz you think Mcloser would have done any better with Wonder Women by his side? Your disrespect for the Commander In Chief is Shameful. The President did what Bush Jr should have done and is to think about the serious of taking our Nation into War and the lives, and resources that would be require to handle such a task. Our Nation has had many Presidents that never served in our Armed Forces and with that said and done those former POTUS's did a great job.

    December 5, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  5. Mike

    Why stay in Afghanistan, our man and woman are dying and or getting injured for what? It's time to bring the Troops Home. The Hell with Afghanistan and it's problems; here in the US we have our issues to deal with. All that money being spent on this War for what? Let's spend this money on our owe People and Projects to make our lives batter and why not? I support the President on many issues, however this issue he's wrong and maybe he be remembered as a one term President after all is said and done about this War.

    December 5, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  6. Pepper

    This one is for Liz.

    Mr. McCain crashed five (5) planes in training and the first time he went out on a mission... HIS PLANE WAS SHOT DOWN and HE WAS CAPTURED!

    Need I say more?

    December 4, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  7. BC

    So, Liz, you would vote for the guy who gunned down the servicemembers in Fort Hood before you would vote for Obama, because the Fort Hood murderer has "military service"? No wonder McCain lost...

    December 4, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  8. Bud

    McCain watched too many John Wayne movies

    December 4, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  9. Geotigg

    "If you say there's a date certain for withdrawal, your friends and enemies who will be in the region make accommodations accordingly,"

    Unless, of course, you change your mind and decide to stay on a little longer.

    Isn't that what John meant to say...?

    December 4, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  10. Liz

    McCain is a true American hero. Obama should listen to his voice of experience. Especially since he (and his cronies) have never served our country. Instead of fund raising and taking Hollywood photos, he should have been studying strategy. He took much to long to make a decision while our troops are waiting on the front lines. Next time, military service is a must have for the Commander in Chief.

    December 3, 2009 at 8:50 pm |
  11. Don

    The senator was a losser in Nov 08 and still is pushing his agenda. I voted for the winner and think he has the correct way of completing the Bush mess.

    December 3, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  12. Tom

    I did not vote for Sen. McCain. I voted for the big O, with no regrets. McCain does make a point that I thought he also did well in the campaign. And that is, you can not tie yourself down a date in some of these military matters. Common sense tells me that withdrawal should be based on what is going on and a constant re-assessment of the mission, objectives and so on. Things can change you know. We do not know yet what the situation will be in July 2011. And if we are not on the way out – it will just give more nauseating ammunition to the political spin masters.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  13. Rick Jones

    I voted for McCain but begrudgingly. He has no policy or true allegiance to a conservative agenda. Nobody, including himself, knows what he believes in.
    And, after all these years in public office, howcome he is still one of the worst public speakers I've ever heard? Notecards at a campaign rally?
    He's a leaf in the political wind.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  14. Matt

    "If you say there's a date certain for withdrawal, your friends and enemies who will be in the region make accommodations accordingly," McCain's right about that. But Obama didn't do that.

    December 3, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  15. Scottish Mama in MO.

    Maybe he did not learn a lesson in Iraq. Karzai needs to start planning a way to protect his people via president Obama's timeline. Wasn't it republican Charlie Wilson that armed the taliban against the Russian army. Should that be a lesson also in the way we help the Afghan and pakistani people? We need to get to work on schools, books, building, and teaching them to defend themselves.(Civil war) McCain needs to hush.
    McCain needs to work on getting our country that he says he loves out of debt and insurance, not run the country, because he did not win the right to make the very decision he is commenting on.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  16. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    McCain has ZERO credentials in drawing up any military offensive on a small scale no less a global strategy. He was a pilot, and not a very good one crashing at least 3 without anyone’s help, pilots don’t command ground troops. There’s no Navy in Afghanistan or Iraq. McCain’s final rank was Captain, equal to Colonel in the Army. People of that rank are not included in drawing up an overall strategy of such a magnitude; his only involvement would be sharpening pencils or getting coffee. Generals design such strategy and offenses that have been to the War College. Perhaps McCain is drawing strategy from some video game, not experience.

    December 3, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  17. A. Smith, Oregon

    Senator John McCain is simply stumping for millions of more dollars for his re-election campaign from the huge multi-national Defense Contractor industry whose very pocket he has been in for a very long time.

    Give it up, Senator John McCain! To many States are literally teetering on the very brink of bankruptcy to have you take hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars away from them for your war contractor masters.

    Many States are now cutting back on badly needed essential services, Senior Citizens should resoundingly throw Senator John McCain OUT OF OFFICE and vote for someone that cares about domestic repair and care.

    December 2, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  18. jim

    When McCain agrees with you, it's time to rethink your decision !!!

    December 2, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  19. Bubba

    So McCain's idea would be to sneak away one night and let the Afghanis find us gone in the morning? Wow, is he senile or just really stretching to find something to disagree with? I vote senile. But who cares? McCain/Palin are last year's news.

    December 2, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  20. ken, nj

    who cares what mc cain says. He crashed 5 planes, and never commanded a combat force.

    December 2, 2009 at 11:31 am |