McCain's Thanksgiving in Iraq
Since the question of how to wage the war in Iraq has dominated Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) presidential campaign, it seems only fitting that he spent the Thanksgiving holiday with U.S. troops in Anbar and Baghdad.
McCain, along with Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) arrived in Iraq yesterday and continued touring the country today.
This week marks McCain's seventh Iraq trip in the past year: he and other senators spent Thanksgiving day with troops in Anbar and Baghdad eating a meal of turkey, white bread and lobster, according to his spokeswoman Melissa Shuffield.
The group of lawmakers met yesterday with General David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker for a briefing on "new developments and progress in the region," she added, and today they are meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Vice President Adel Abdulmahdi -- along with Iraqi police, Iraqi security forces and constituents -- in Kirkuk.
"Senator McCain, like everyone, continues to hope for more political reconciliation and has been encouraged by recent signs of progress on the ground," Shuffield wrote in an email.
While McCain did not issue a formal statement in Iraq, it won't take long for voters to learn what he picked up on his trip: the Arizona senator returns home tomorrow, and will appear as a guest on ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos" on Sunday.
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