McCain Denies He Said Obama’s Timetable Looks Good

Two days ago, John McCain told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that the 16-month withdrawal timeline proposed by Barack Obama and endorsed by Nouri al-Maliki “is a pretty good timetable,” adding that it had to be based on conditions on the ground.


Today, he told George Stephanopoulos that he did not use the word “timetable”; then he backpedaled (emphasis in original):

STEPHANOPOULOS: You shouldn’t have used the word timetable.

MCCAIN: I didn’t use the word timetable. That I did — if I did…

STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, it’s a pretty good timetable.

MCCAIN: Oh, well, look. Anything is a good timetable that is dictated by conditions on the ground. Anything is good.


Here is the complete transcript.

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