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McCain Says President Should Talk More About Iraq

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From CBS News' John Bentley:

While campaigning and raising money in the swing state of Florida today, John McCain told the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors & Press Association that whoever becomes president needs to do a better job of keeping the American public informed about the Iraq war. "If I were president, I'd be holding a briefing once a week about Iraq," he said. "Even if it was only carried on C-SPAN."

His comments for the assembled journalists were somewhat different than the remarks he gives while stumping in front of voters. While there was nothing contradictory in his remarks, he only mentioned Barack Obama once – in an aside about how Obama voted for the farm bill – but did not criticize his Democratic opponent directly at all during his talk today. That's in direct contrast to his speeches over the past couple of days, where he has repeatedly attacked Obama over wanting to withdraw troops from Iraq and his willingness to meet with leaders of rogue countries.

McCain is also trolling for donations in Florida. He has one fundraiser planned for tonight and two tomorrow morning, and apparently the Republican wallets are starting to open up. He raised $21.5 million in May, his best fund-raising month ever, and will soon report having $31.5 million cash-on-hand.