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2008-07-27 00:00:19

By Mike Littwin John McCain is unhappy. In fact, by presidential-campaigns-in- July standards, he's working on a Category 2 mood swing. No wonder he went to Aspen to hang out with his pal, the Dalai Lama, Friday afternoon. This is a man in need of a spare mantra. It wouldn't be such a problem if McCain weren't so easily caricatured as the grumpy old candidate. But there it is. And believe me - or just take Bob Dole's word for it - you don't win presidential campaigns that way, although...

2008-07-26 15:00:03

LONDON _ Heading home from an overseas trip aimed at strengthening his foreign policy credentials, Sen. Barack Obama said Saturday he's not counting on an immediate political boost and thinks it's just as likely he'll experience a short-term dip in polls simply because he's been out of the country for nine days. "The reason that I thought this trip was important was I am convinced that many of the issues that we face at home are not going to be solved as effectively unless we have strong...

2008-07-25 21:00:01

Presumptive Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Barack Obama fired back Friday after an attack by his GOP rival on Iraq war policy. Sen. John McCain, speaking Friday at the 2008 American GI Forum of the United States National Convention in Denver, said when it was time to vote to send surge troops to Iraq, he embraced the new strategy while Senator Obama made a different choice, the Arizona Republican said Friday. He not only opposed the new strategy, but actually tried to prevent us...

2008-07-25 18:00:14

Sen. John McCain, the likely Republican U.S. presidential candidate, fired a withering attack against his Democratic rival for his position on the Iraq war. When it was time to vote to send surge troops to Iraq, McCain said he embraced the new strategy while Senator (Barack) Obama made a different choice, the Arizona Republican said Friday at the 2008 American GI Forum of the United States National Convention in Denver. He not only opposed the new strategy, but actually tried to prevent...

2008-07-25 09:00:45

By Mike Littwin Barack Obama gave a stirring speech in Berlin, but that, of course, was the least of it. Giving good speeches is what Obama does best. Put him in front of maybe 200,000 people, many of them chanting his name and waving American flags, and he's guaranteed to knock the ball out of the park - or, as they might (or maybe not) say in Berlin, whack the jelly donut over the Brandenburg Gate. The real question is how the speech plays here at home, where the voters live. This...

2008-07-24 12:00:35

If a picture is worth a thousand words, Barack Obama's overseas trip became a success on the very first day when he sank a three-pointer on a basketball court in Kuwait. But as the Democratic standard bearer heads for Europe on Thursday after visits to Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel and Jordan, he already has gotten even more from the trip, both visually and substantively. Pictures showing him with U.S. troops, American generals and foreign leaders and the knowledgeable way he discussed the...

2008-07-24 09:00:00

By TOM RAUM By Tom Raum The Associated Press BETHLEHEM, Pa. Republican John McCain pushed back on Tuesday against Democratic criticism that he misstated when the troop buildup ordered by President Bush began, saying elements were put in place before Bush announced the strategy in early 2007. He told reporters during an unscheduled stop in a supermarket that what the Bush administration calls "the surge" was actually "made up of a number of components," some of which began before the...

2008-07-22 21:00:20

To: POLITICAL EDITORS Contact: Republican National Committee, +1-202-863-8614 Obama's Misjudgment On The Surge And Ignorance Of The Consequences Of His Withdrawal Plan Show He Is Not Ready To Lead WASHINGTON, July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by the RNC: (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080519/RNCLOGO) Today, Obama Claimed That He Said There Was "No Doubt" The Surge Would Reduce Violence In Iraq: Obama:"What I can say is that there's no...

2008-07-22 15:00:00

By JOHN E MULLIGAN The Democratic presidential candidate concedes that the troop surge he opposed reduced the level of violence, but notes that Iraqi leaders also favor a U.S. troop withdrawal by 2010. WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's talks with U.S. commanders and the prime minister of Iraq have reinforced his view that the correct war policy is to withdraw U.S. combat forces from Iraq by the summer of 2010, he said yesterday. Troop reductions in Iraq...

2008-07-22 09:00:30

Is Barack Obama returning from his visits to Afghanistan and Iraq with perhaps an altered view on Iraq? It's hard to say, but his view of Afghanistan remains unequivocal: It is the central front in the war on terrorism; he would deploy at least 10,000 more U.S. combat troops there; and he fears that a long-term military presence in Iraq will detract from that fight. The Democrats took control of Congress with the commitment to implement a specific timetable for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. In...


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