Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain appeared on all three network morning shows Monday arguing that his Democratic rival Sen. Barack Obama was wrong on the surge strategy in Iraq. He also reiterated his criticism that Obama did not hold meetings about Afghanistan while chairman of a relevant Senate subcommittee.
On NBC’s ‘Today’ show, McCain said Obama will see that he “badly misjudged” the situation in Iraq. Reacting to a recent article in a German paper stating that Iraqi President Nouri al-Maliki supports Obama’s 16-month timetable, McCain said, “of course they’d like to have us out. That’s what happens when you win wars, you leave.”
But, McCain stated, the troop surge “is succeeding and we are winning.” And he said he’d employ the same strategy in Afghanistan, if elected president.
On CBS’s “The Early Show,” McCain said Obama “railed” against the surge. “He voted against the surge, and he said it would fail. He was wrong there.” He also said a McCain presidency would focus on national defense and the economy.
On ABC’s “Good Morning America” McCain was asked if it was fair that the evening anchors of all three network news programs were traveling with Obama. He answered that voters can decide if the coverage was fair.
Later in the day, McCain is scheduled to have a closed meeting with former President George H.W. Bush in Kennebunkport, Maine, and then attend a picnic in South Portland, Maine.