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McCain surprised by Reid's sudden '180 on surge'

Published: Sunday January 7, 2007
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During an appearance on Bloomberg Television's Political Capitol with Al Hunt, Senator John McCain (AZ-Rep.) said that he was taken by surprise when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV-Dem) suddenly changed his mind on Iraq.

"Because a week ago Senator Reid was quoted as saying he would support a surge if there was some plan for withdrawal," McCain said. "This is sort of a 180 in a very short period of time."

In mid-December, Reid backed a temporary rise, but only if it was part of a withdrawal plan by President Bush.

"If it's for a surge, that is, for two or three months and it's part of a program to get us out of there as indicated by this time next year, then, sure, I'll go along with it," Reid said on ABC's This Week.

Bloomberg News notes that "Reid told reporters he changed his mind after learning that U.S. commanders on the ground didn't think a surge would work."