DNC - Dean: John McCain's Comments On Troop Levels in Iraq Being "Not Too Important" Are Wrong

Washington, DC -- Asked on the Today Show this morning if he has "a better estimate of when American forces can come home from Iraq," John McCain said "No, but that's not too important." [NBC's Today Show, 6/11/08] As a new web video by the Democratic National Committee highlights, McCain's comments today are the latest evidence that he has no plan for bringing the war in Iraq to a responsible end and would be willing to keep our troops there for 100 years.

DNC Chairman Howard Dean today issued the following statement:

"Senator McCain is wrong. One of the most important questions in this campaign is when and how Senator McCain would bring our troops home from Iraq.  Senator McCain stubbornly refuses to acknowledge that the American people do not want our brave troops in Iraq for 100 years under any circumstances.  They want a president who will end the war responsibly."

To see the DNC's new video, entitled "Not Too Important," click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1P3bnP6IlI:

DNC Web Video
"Not Too Important"

GRAPHIC: "John McCain On Iraq:"

QUESTION: "President Bush has talked about our staying in Iraq for 50 years…"

MCCAIN: "Maybe a hundred." [Town Hall Meeting, Derry, NH, 1/3/08]

BRIAN WILLIAMS: "Given your support for the surge and wear you believe this nation is in Iraq today, where do you see it going and will your support be there for however many troops are required?

MCCAIN: "Yes." [NBC Evening News, 6/9/08]

MATT LAUER: "Do you now have a better estimate for when American forces can come home from Iraq?"

MCCAIN: "No, but that's not too important." [Today Show, 6/11/08]

GRAPHIC: "John McCain: The Wrong Choice For America's Future"