McCain hawkish, and lonely, on Iraq

Boston Globe

10/24/06

As Senator John McCain travels the nation on behalf of Republican candidates, his proposal to send tens of thousands of additional US troops to Iraq is making things awkward for some of the congressional candidates he's campaigning for. His stance is also shaping the early stages of the 2008 presidential campaign. As public support for the war dwindles, it is hard to find any Republican candidates who publicly agree with McCain, an Arizona Republican who is among the party's brightest hopes for the presidency in 2008. While staunch military supporters such as Virginia's Republican senators, John W. Warner and George Allen, have begun to suggest a change of course in Iraq with fewer US troops, McCain's proposal to add troops has distanced him from the mainstream of his party...

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