WHO: U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), Randy Scheunemann, McCain senior foreign policy adviser, and Kori Schake, McCain senior foreign policy adviser
WHAT: Press conference call to discuss Barack Obama's position on Iran and the anniversary of his "without precondition" policy.
WHEN: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 12:15 p.m. EDT
The McCain campaign resurrected Sen. Obama's year-old statements that he would meet with the leaders of Iran, North Korea, Syria, Cuba, and Venezuela "without preconditions" during the first year of his presidency. Rep. Pete Hoekstra said Obama "has set himself up for a policy direction that undercuts our allies, undercuts those that are working with this [sic] to try and restrain the activities of these countries, and basically has set himself up for a performance measurement that he cannot meet." Mr. Scheunemann also added that Sen. Obama's description of his policy was different than the one he explained a year ago, and that this was "revealing".
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