John McCain fired back at the two ads that claim he wants to fight in Iraq for 100 years. He brought up the ads at a town hall meeting in Denver today. He doesn’t deny he said “100 years,” but they leave out most of what he said. “You have seen an ad campaign that is mounted against me that says I wanted to stay and fight in Iraq and fight for 100 years,” McCain told the crowd. “My friends, it’s a direct falsification, and I’m sorry that political campaigns have to deteriorate in this fashion,” McCain said. “Because there’s legitimate differences between myself and Senator Obama and Senator Clinton on what we should do in Iraq.” “After we win the war in Iraq, and we are succeeding – and it’s long and hard and tough, with enormous sacrifices – then I’m talking about a security arrangement that may or may not be the same kind of thing we had with Korea after the Korean war was over,” he said. Then he added, “So it’s too bad that they’re deliberately falsifying, when there are legitimate differences.” He was talking about the ads from MoveOn.org and the Democratic National Committee which both draw from the same speech where McCain mentioned “100 years.” He was answering a question about President Bush saying that the troops could be in Iraq for 50 years. McCain responded by saying, “Maybe 100. As long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed, that’d be fine with me, and I hope it would be fine with you, if we maintain a presence in a very volatile part of the world where al Qaeda is training, recruiting, equipping and motivating people every single day.” Clearly the ads are misleading and misrepresent what McCain is really saying. Democrats have no room to complain about any ads while these two are still showing.
Here is the ad from the Democratic National Committee, John McCain and Iraq: “100”;
Here is the ad from MoveOn.org, Candles;