Video: McCain outlines his hypothetical first term

McCain delivered what was touted as a groundbreaking speech today from Columbus, Ohio where he spoke as if reminiscing on his first term in office from the year 2013. McCain’s “crystal ball” speech is an attempt to drive home where he believes his policies would leave the country after his first term in the White House.

Here’s the full 27 minutes of his speech from MSNBC:

His biggest point being that he believes he will win the Iraq war with continuing the Bush administration’s policies.

Here’s a report on speech from Yahoo News:

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Republican presidential contender John McCain on Thursday listed a series of prospective first-term accomplishments, including winning the war in Iraq, although he said he was not backtracking on his criticism of Democrats for favoring immediate troop withdrawals.

In a mystical speech that also envisioned Osama bin Laden dead or captured and Americans with the choice of paying a simple flat tax or following their standard 1040 form, the Arizona senator for the first time set an outer limit for the war even if he hedged on a specific end date.

“By January 2013, America has welcomed home most of the servicemen and women who have sacrificed terribly so that America might be secure in her freedom. The Iraq War has been won,” he told an audience of several hundred here in the capital city of a general election battleground state.

Later, as he drove to the airport on his “Straight Talk Express” campaign bus, McCain was peppered by reporters with questions about the timetable. He and his aides insisted there was a difference between ending the war and bringing troops home and, as they criticize the Democrats, announcing a withdrawal upfront without regard for the military endgame.

“It’s not a timetable; it’s victory. It’s victory, which I have always predicted. I didn’t know when we were going to win World War II; I just knew we were going to win,” McCain said.

The Vietnam veteran added: “I know from experience, you set a day for surrender — which is basically what you do when you say you are withdrawing — and you will pay a much a heavier price later on.”

Pretty lofty goals but I guess that’s par for the course when it comes most politicians. Plus, he says Osama Bin Laden would be found and killed, another lofty goal since it’s been nearly 8 years and it hasn’t happened yet.

So what was everyone’s opinion?