11:10AM Arizona Time:
JOHN McCAIN: Thanks for being here! I gave a speech this morning in Ohio concerning what America would look like after my first term as President in 2013. It's important for me to layout what I what to see done and what is doable.
Americans are fed up with grid lock. We need to address issues in a bi-partisan manner.
By 2013, we will have won the war in Iraq! The Maliki government will have control and the Iraqi Military will take over responsibility from American soldiers. We will have an agreement similar to the one we have with South Korea, Japan, and other allies. I want to debate this with Sen's. Obama/Clinton. The surge has worked. Look at the facts on the ground.
We cannot announce a date for pulling out of Iraq like Obama & Clinton want to do. We might eventually have to go back under their leadership.
Jennifer Rubin : Q: What is your view on Lebanon & direct talks with
Iran? President Bush used the word "Atonement"
in his speech today in Israel. The Obama camp
has gone in spin mode over his comments.
JOHN McCAIN: President Bush WAS NOT talking about Obama.
The reason for the over-reaction from the democrats
is the degree of naivety that Obama wants face-to-
face meetings with Iran - a government that sponsors
state terrorism. Lebanon has become a proxy war
between us & Iran. If Obama wants to sit down with
Iran, what does he want to talk about? This would
only enhance our enemy. It's unacceptable! Sen.
Obama does NOT have the judgement/knowledge
for our National Security.
Michael Goldfarb: Q: What needs to be discussed with Iran?
JOHN McCAIN: Would be glad to talk to Iran if they abandon their
quest for Nuclear Weapons. They also have to stop
exporting weapons & soldiers into Iraq. They must
STOP sponsoring Hezbollah! Iran has shown NO
inclination towards these goals. Again, what does
Obama want to talk to Iran about?
Jim Geraghty: Q: Monday's article in the NYT said Obama would meet
with Iran. His handlers continue to deny. How do
you hold Obama accountable?
JOHN McCAIN: I don't know. Obama wants to re-negotiate NAFTA
Canada will then sell their oil to China. Obama then
announced in North Carolina that he was a 'free trader".
(Answer to a follow up question) As President, I will
at the least, hold bi-weekly conference calls with Bloggers.
Doug Lambert: Q: What issues are 'doable'? Have you spoken to
Newt Gingrich on these issues?
JOHN McCAIN: Many of the issues I outlined in my speech today are. Yes I have. I have read a couple of Newt's books. He has some great ideas. I intend to talk with him on these issues.