McCain Camp Blasts Obama Over "Policy Refinements" in Iraq

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From CBS News' John Bentley:

MEXICO CITY – John McCain's campaign wasted no time in responding to Barack Obama's comment that he might "refine his policies" on withdrawing troops from Iraq once he visited there, accusing Obama of "putting politics ahead of country" in his previous statements where he advocated an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

"Today, Barack Obama reversed that position, proving once again his words do not matter. He has now adopted John McCain's position that we cannot risk the progress we have made in Iraq by beginning to withdraw our troops immediately without concern for conditions on the ground," said McCain spokesman Brian Rogers. "Now that Barack Obama has changed course and proven his past positions to be just empty words, we would like to congratulate him on taking John McCain's principled stand on this critical national security issue. If he had visited Iraq sooner or actually had a one-on-one meeting with Gen. Petraeus, he would have changed his position long ago."

Obama responded that he had not changed his position, and that he had consistently said he would take the situation on the ground into account when making troop level decisions. "I think that what's happened here is that the McCain campaign primed the pump with the press to suggest that somehow we were changing our policy when we hadn't," Obama said. "I've given no indication of a change in policy."
  • John Bentley

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