McCain: I "Had No Confidence" In Bush Before The Surge

04/02/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has long held that he was the "greatest critic" of Donald Rumsfeld's strategy in Iraq. Now, as he moves into the general election, he is also trying to distance himself from the unpopular President.

When asked yesterday how he is offering a different path forward in Iraq than Bush, McCain dodged the question, instead saying he had "no confidence" in Bush until the President implemented the surge in 2007:

I'm offering them the record of having objected strenuously to a failed strategy for nearly four years. That I argued against and fought against and said that the secretary of defense of my own party, and my own president, I had no confidence in. That's how far I went in advocating the new strategy that is succeeding.

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