Raw News: War of words over Iraq
VOICE OF ZAA NKWETA: Senators John McCain and Barack Obama traded sharp words on Wednesday over al-Qaeda’s presence in Iraq.
Democratic Candidates’ Debate
February 26, 2008
BARACK OBAMA: If al-Qaeda is forming a base in Iraq, then we will have to act in a way that secures the American homeland and our interests abroad.
Speaking in Texas, McCain hit out at Obama for comments made in Tuesday’s debate.
JOHN MCCAIN: I have some news. al-Qaeda is in Iraq–Al-Qaeda–It’s called “al-Qaeda in Iraq.” And, my friends, if we left, they wouldn’t be establishing a base. They wouldn’t be establishing a base. They’d be taking a country. And I’m not going to allow that to happen, my friends. I will not surrender. I will not surrender to al-Qaeda.
Obama quickly answered back from a rally in Ohio.
Ohio State University
OBAMA: Well, first of all, I do know that al-Qaeda’s in Iraq, and that’s why I said we should continue to strike al-Qaeda targets. But I have some news for John McCain, and that is that there was no such thing as “al-Qaeda in Iraq” until George Bush and John McCain decided to invade Iraq.
While he praised McCain’s long service to the country, Obama said the Arizona Republican was tied to the politics of the past, while his campaign was about policies of the future.
OBAMA: I’ve got some news for John McCain. He took us into a war, along with George Bush, that should have never been authorized and should have never been waged. They took their eye off the people who were responsible for 9/11. That would be al-Qaeda in Afghanistan that is stronger now than at any time since 2001. I’ve been paying attention, John McCain.
Even though the Democratic contest remains unsettled, the long-distance exchange showed McCain’s increased targeting of Obama.
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