McCain Attacks Bush’s Iraq Policy & ‘Budget Gimmicks’
During a speech in New Orleans, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain attacked President Bush’s policies on the Iraq War, deficit spending and treatment of enemy detainees.
McCain also took credit for the current troop surge, which is having some limited success in Iraq.
“I strongly disagreed with the Bush administration’s mismanagement of the war in Iraq. I called for the change in strategy that is now, at last, succeeding where the previous strategy had failed miserably,” McCain said.
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In an obvious attempt to distance himself from Bush and prove wrong his Democratic opponent Sen. Barack Obama’s charge that voting for McCain would be voting for a third Bush term, McCain said he strongly opposed Bush’s energy and climate policies.
In addition, McCain criticized the administration “over defense spending that favored defense contractors over the public good.”