updated 4/18/2007 2:07:02 PM ET 2007-04-18T18:07:02

Republican presidential candidate John McCain told voters Wednesday that if he becomes commander in chief he’ll brief the public biweekly from the Oval Office on developments in the Iraq war.

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“I would tell them exactly what the battlefield scenario is,” McCain told about 450 people packed into a VFW post in this town south of Myrtle Beach.

The Arizona senator emphasized that he wasn’t guaranteeing victory in Iraq.

“Am I telling you we’re going to succeed? No. But I’m telling you I think we’ve got a good chance of succeeding,” he said.

McCain decried the idea of a timeline for U.S. withdrawal from the country, saying it would spawn chaos, and committed to a long-term fight on terrorism. “We’re going to win. We will. We will never surrender,” McCain said.

When asked by an audience member whether he’d do a better job than President Bush in communicating regularly with the public, McCain said he would give updates about the war on national television every two weeks, a map of Iraq at the ready.

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