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McCain Sticks by Statement on Troop Numbers

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MILWAUKEE (AP) - John McCain is insisting he did not misspeak
when he said the number of U.S. troops in Iraq has been "drawn
down to pre-surge levels."
The likely Republican presidential nominee is sticking by the
comment he made yesterday, even though the number of troops in Iraq
isn't scheduled to reach pre-surge levels until July.
McCain says "we have drawn down," and "we will continue to
draw down." He says "the rest of them will be home at the end of
July."
McCain's assessment of the troop levels had drawn fire from
Barack Obama's campaign, which said the Arizona senator "should
know better." And Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, an Obama
supporter, accused McCain of misrepresenting the facts.
Today McCain said Obama had "made exactly the wrong judgment"
when he argued last year that a troop surge would increase
sectarian violence in Iraq.
McCain supported the troop buildup, which top U.S. commanders
have credited with helping curb violence.
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