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McCain Admits Mistake With Petraeus Picture


From CBS News' John Bentley:

After being criticized by everyone from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the governor of Wisconsin, John McCain admitted today that it was wrong to use an image of Gen. David Petraeus in uniform for a fundraising letter. "It won't happen again," McCain said today at a press conference in Milwaukee. His campaign had argued previously that using the picture was appropriate, and that showing Petraeus shaking hands with McCain did not imply he was supportive of McCain's candidacy. Petraeus has not endorsed any candidate for president.

McCain also weighed in on the flap over the Rev. Michael Pfleger, a former member of Barack Obama's Catholic Advisory Council, who ridiculed Hillary Clinton from the pulpit of Obama's Trinity Church in Chicago last Sunday. "I have known Sen. Clinton for a long time," McCain said. "I respect her, and I think that kind of language and that kind of treatment of Sen. Clinton is unwarranted, uncalled for, and disgraceful."

Pfleger said Clinton felt "entitled" to the presidency because she was "Bill's wife" and white. "And then, out of nowhere, came, 'Hey, I'm Barack Obama." And she said, 'Oh damn, where did you come from?'" Pfleger said. "'There's a black man stealing my show.'"

When asked if it was time for Obama to leave the Trinity United Church of Christ, where his former reverend Jeremiah Wright is a senior pastor, McCain said "that's a decision Sen. Obama would have to make."