by- Suzie-Q @ 7:19 PM MDT
Presidential contenders Mitt Romney, Sam Brownback and Ron Paul line up Thursday on stage before the first Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Photo- MSNBC
In the first debate among Republican Party candidates seeking the nomination to run for President in 2008, Senator John McCain slammed Congressional Democrats, and accused them of ‘cheering surrender’ as they tried to change the course of the war in Iraq.
“I would need the support of the American people, and we need to show them some success in Iraq, both on the battlefield, and with the Maliki government. We have a new strategy, and that strategy can succeed…but when the Majority Leader of the US Senate says we’ve lost the war, the American people reject that notion,” the Arizona Republican who ran for President in 2000 said.
McCain then slammed Democratic Members of Congress further for cheering when they passed their war funding bill recently.
“What were they cheering. Surrender, defeat? We must win in Iraq,” he said.
The debate took place in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
The other presidential hopefuls in Thursday night’s debate included Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, Rep. Jim Gilmore of Virginia, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, and former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson.
Tonight’s moderator was Chris Mathews from MSNBC’s Hardball, along with John Harris of Politico.com, and other staff of the online political news website.
Photo- NY Times