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McCain willing to 'pay price' for backing surge if it's a 'misjudgement'

Ron Brynaert
Published: Thursday January 4, 2007
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Earlier today, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), a likely 2008 presidential candidate, declared that he is willing to pay any political price for his fervant support of an escalation of US troops in Iraq, even if it's a "misjudgement."

NBC Today host Matt Lauer told McCain that "the good news here is the president has come around," and is "saying John McCain was right, that he may be ahead of the curve when it comes to sending more troops to Iraq."

"The bad news could be that if this doesn't work and the war continues to deteriorate, fast forward to 2008 and John McCain's idea for Iraq was wrong," Lauer countered. "How do you feel about that?"

"Well, as you know, I harbor ambitions for the presidency, but there's nothing more important than our nation's security," McCain responded. "I have to do what I believe is right and what I know is right."

"And if I pay a price for that and it's a misjudgment, that's a price I'd willingly pay," McCain added.

Former Democratic North Carolina Senator John Edwards, who announced his second presidential run last week, gave McCain's stance on Iraq a new nickname.

"It would be an enormous mistake to adopt the McCain doctrine and escalate the war," Edwards said, adding that the senator was "dead wrong."

RAW STORY recently reported that conservative columnist Robert Novak believes that the "McCain doctrine" may be backfiring.

"The decline in the polls of [McCain], as measured against [Clinton], reflects more than declining Republican popularity nationally in the weeks after the election," Novak wrote. "It connotes public disenchantment with McCain's aggressive advocacy of a 'surge' of up to 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Iraq."