Ozarks Congressman Roy Blunt slammed Congressional Democrats Tuesday for "peddling patent falsehoods" about presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain's position on Iraq.
“Sen. McCain’s position on Iraq is well known; as is his commitment to returning our troops home safe, secure and successful – on the terms of generals, not of our enemies. That the House Democratic Caucus would find it necessary to distort that position, at best – and outright lie about it at worst – says an awful lot about the underhanded methods they’re willing to employ. And perhaps it says even more about the level of desperation they’re encountering in trying to tear down an American hero," Blunt said in a statement.
During a town hall meeting in New Hampshire this January, Sen. McCain was asked about President Bush’s comments that American troops could still be in Iraq for 50 years. McCain responded that it could be 100 years.
“Make it 100. We’ve been in South Korea . . . we’ve been in Japan for 60 years. We’ve been in South Korea for 50 years or so. That would be fine with me. As long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed, that’s fine with me. I hope that would be fine with you, if we maintain a presence in a very volatile part of the world where al-Qaeda is training, recruiting and equipping and motivating people every single day," McCain reportedly said.
Blunt said Sens. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and "the media elite" have taken the statement ouf ot context at McCain's expense. Blunt then quoted an elite media publication to boost his claim.
"The Columbia Journalism Review characterized the attacks as “seriously misleading voters—if not outright lying to them—about exactly what McCain said," Blunt noted.