John McCain appeared on Fox News Sunday this morning to discuss the presidential campaign with Chris Wallace. The Arizona senator called for more honesty from the Obama campaign and its surrogates when they claim that he called for our military to stay in Iraq for a century. "This, quote, ‘100 years in Iraq,' it was obvious when you read the whole quote," he said, "where I was in an exchange with a voter in New Hampshire, a town hall meeting, the kind of exchanges that I enjoy most. He said, ‘How long are you going to be there.' I said, ‘It could be 100 years, but it's a matter of U.S. casualties, and we have presence in countries like South Korea, Japan,' et cetera, et cetera." Senator Lindsey Graham, a McCain surrogate, made an appearance on This Week. There he articulated the thinking behind McCain's position on Iraq, saying "I do not want to leave Iraq as an extension of Iranian theocracy in the south; I don't want to leave Iraq where Anbar province is occupied by al Qaeda; where there's a war between the Turks and the Kurds in the north. There's a tremendous amount of reconciliation--politically and militarily--that has been achieved since the surge," he told George Stephanopoulos. He added "We want a winning outcome in Iraq so when we do leave, we're gonna leave behind a country that's part of the solution, not the problem." Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell was on Meet the Press, and repeated a line he's been using throughout the primary season in regards to Hillary Clinton's uphill battle against Barack Obama. "We elect a president of the United States, as we learned in 2000, by the Electoral College. And no Democrat can win the Electoral College without carrying three of the four big states--Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida and Michigan. Assuming Senator Clinton wins in Pennsylvania, she will have demonstrated, and she's running way ahead of Obama against McCain in all four of those states, and those are crucial and that's why she's the strongest candidate in the fall, without question." This statement is almost certainly true, but Rendell's logic is faulty: success in a primary against another Democrat does not necessarily correspond to success in the general against a Republican, as Mark Murray points out in this MSNBC piece.
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