McCain Says "I Will Lose"

@anniepa (27236)
United States
February 25, 2008 11:23pm CST
John McCain said if he can't convince the American people that he's right about Iraq, he will lose the election. Apparently he either quickly realized or was told by someone that in that case he may as well hang it up because he later backtracked a bit on that remark. I must say, that was probably the first accurate thing he'd said this year! Since over 70% of Americans are unhappy with the way things are going in Iraq and he said we could be there for 100 years, I'd say it's a no-brainer. Any thoughts? Annie
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@skinnychick (6907)
• United States
26 Feb 08
Mccain has backtracked on a lot!Immigration is one..he is a very loose Rep. so loose that Rep's that I know said that they were voting Dem. They might as well. Mccain is already backtracking and he hasn't been elected yet- I shudder to think what will happen if he is..
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@Smith2028 (797)
• United States
26 Feb 08
McCain put too much faith in his stance on the Iraq war and knows it now. His advisors are building a general election campaign now, rather than pandering to the Republicans alone, he is now setting himself up to get the right and the majority of the center as well as some liberal crossovers. Will it work? No. But at least the truth is out there.
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@anniepa (27236)
• United States
26 Feb 08
I don't see how his stance on the war can possibly get any voters from the center or the left and since he doesn't seem to have the far right, that doesn't leave him with much. Annie
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@petebaja (516)
• Mexico
28 Feb 08
You're right annie, he doesn't have the support of his deep right. That's why Huckabee had so much success in some primaries. The right wing of his party does not trust him because he has wavered on them in the past. He is a poor choice for the Republican party. He does not excite the base. On the other side of the aisle, he does not get the respect of the left, either, because of his blind faith and support of President Bush. His stance on the war and his 100 year statement pretty much alienated him from the center, too!
@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
26 Feb 08
I think too many people don't realize what war is and how wars end. McCain has a realistic view on America's presence in Iraq while Obama and Clinton are just catering to the anti-war people who think that wars are supposed to end overnight. How many US troops are still stationed in Germany, Okinawa, and Korea? How long do you think it will be before we take our troops out of those countries? Most of us weren't even alive when those wars were fought so people don't realize that the continued presence in a country after a war is standard. We don't own, nor do we control what happens in those countries. They are free countries with stable economies. The US help Afghanistan defeat the Russians and immediately split. Look what happened there. Is that what you all want to happen in Iraq? Terrorists love defeated broken countries. They make great training grounds and launchpads for future terrorist attacks. His statement was not a wise one. He should have realized that many voters are too young to understand how wars end. 100 years sounds like a ridiculous number to people that are in their 20s and 30s and can't even remember Vietnam much less the wars prior.
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@anniepa (27236)
• United States
26 Feb 08
I think most of us are aware we have troops in these countries. As for us helping Afghanistan defeat the Russians, funny how that came back to bite us. We can thank ourselves for the Taliban. Annie
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
26 Feb 08
There are way more important things then the war in Iraq and I do not think that 75 percent of the population is against it, it is 75% of the more vocal people who are. Most people do not bother to get out and vote. And besides with three Democrats running - yes McCain is a Republican in Democrat's clothing, he can just leave because there is still Hillary and Ohama. Much of McCain's views on abortion and same-s*x is the same as the Democrats. So I am hoping the other Republicans can fill in the gap and perhaps offer a peaceful solution and get Iraq on the way to democracy.
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@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
27 Feb 08
It doesn't matter if 75% of people are against the war. The war happened, it's over, now it's time to cleanup the mess and move on. The question shouldn't be "Are you for or against the war?" It's more like "Should we drop Iraq on its face or spend time getting their government on its feet before we leave" We stayed in Japan after WWII and they are one of the most powerful industrial nations with production of automobiles, high technology, and gaming consoles. Not to mention that this was accomplished after devastating nuclear attacks on that country. Wouldn't it be amazing if 60 years from now Iraq had a reputation like the one Japan has earned for themselves today?
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@jormins (1224)
• United States
26 Feb 08
I never knew trains could zig and zag the way McCain's Straight Talk Express has been lately. I don't get what he's doing anymore. He needs the right to come to him not the other way around. I used to like McCain but now he's changed his views on torture, the Bush tax cuts, abortion, etc. I forget who said it but someone made a great point about McCain, if you follow his life and history, he is used to being at war. I think he'd make a great wartime President, unfortunate for him right now we need at least 8 years of peace so we can start to rebuild America.
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@anniepa (27236)
• United States
17 Apr 08
I'm sorry I took so long to get back to you on this one. At least last night he gave the "right" answer about torture but I still don't get why he voted against the bill to make water-boarding illegal. Annie
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
26 Feb 08
I do know that he will with that comment. He did retract and try to explain what he did mean. I know the others really jumped on it and made sure to make a big thing out of it. Do you think he meant it the way that it sounded?
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@pismeof (855)
• United States
26 Feb 08
I think for John McCain to be speaking the "Truth" about us being in Iraq for a hundred years is a Campaign error and would hurt his run for the presidency simply because most people are just plain ignorant when it comes to defending our country.Most people don't even consider the fact that we are stationed in about 90 different places around the world and have been since WWII and beyond. When he talks about staying in Iraq he doesn't mean at the full strength we are now.
@petebaja (516)
• Mexico
28 Feb 08
By putting the war as a centerpiece of his campaign, or by daring Americans to put their blind faith in him when it comes to national security, McCain has put the nails on his political coffin.
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@anniepa (27236)
• United States
1 Mar 08
Oh how I hope you're right! Annie
• United States
27 Feb 08
I think Mccain is goign to be another bush. I also think that all the other front runners are dochebags and we would be better off with one of the back runners perferably Ron Paul but i would be happier with Huckabee than the other three. thats my thoughts though. I think that we need to watch it b/c we may be electing another bush as the republican nominee and that just wont be good.
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