Here’s the report from ABCNews:
Fresh off the plane from his seventh trip to Iraq, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., explained this morning why he believes it was the right decision to back the troop surge in Iraq.
“Success is significant, and anybody who thinks that it isn’t does not know the facts on the ground,” McCain said in an exclusive interview on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”
The comment, however, was rejected by 2008 presidential candidate Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., who defended his call for a withdrawal from Iraq in a separate interview.
“The best way to achieve a political solution in Iraq is to withdraw our forces,” Richardson told “This Week.” “Our troops have become targets. Until we make measurable efforts to bring political reconciliation, then our efforts in Iraq will continue to fail.”
Richardson went on to explain his hope that withdrawal could be used to spur reconciliation.
Here, in their entirety, are the videos of each interview. First, McCain since Richardson’s interview addresses McCain’s comments:
Here’s Richardson’s interview:
McCain has some good points, however, I think he needed to highlight them about 6 months ago and he wouldn’t be in the dire situation he’s in now with the polls. Richardson’s still running for vice president, no doubt.