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McCain And Torture

John McCain
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This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.
John McCain is pretty evasive when it comes to talking about running for president.

A friend of mine says he's going to a dinner for you (McCain) here in New York. I say, "What for?"

He says McCain's running for president.

McCain says, "Oh, your friend was a victim of false advertising."

Well it may not be official, but my friend is more than happy to support the former POW and oft time critic of the Bush administration.

McCain has twice passed measures in the Senate that would force the U.S. to adhere to the humane treatment of prisoners. He says we are, after all, signees of the Geneva accords.

The president who yesterday said, "The U.S does not torture," has promised to veto the measure and Vice President Cheney is adamant in his opposition, saying he especially thinks the CIA should reserve the right to get info out of suspected terrorists however possible.

To which McCain says simply, "Torture doesn't work."


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By Harry Smith