WHO: Sen. Sam Brownback, (R-KS), Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM), Randy Scheunemann, senior foreign policy adviser, McCain 2008
WHAT: Press conference call to discuss Barack Obama's position on Iraq.
WHEN: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. EDT
The McCain campaign responds to Senator Barack Obama's trip to the Middle East and his policy on Iraq on this call, while reiterating its talking points about the success of the surge and the importance of considering "conditions on the ground" when withdrawing troops. Rep. Wilson said Sen. McCain would like American troops to come home in less than the 16 months that Sen. Obama advocates, but only if the conditions on the ground would permit it. He argued against any timetable for withdrawal. Sen. Brownback, who previously voted against the surge, also said Sens. McCain's and Obama's differences on the surge are the best real-life example for comparing how the two candidates would handle a difficult situation as commander in chief.
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