POLITICS
07/21/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Obama: Multiple Visits To Iraq By McCain Don't Equal Perspective

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., argued in San Diego today that just because Sen. John McCain has made multiple visits to Iraq, that does not mean that he has the correct perspective on the region.

"John McCain has been in Congress 25 years, no doubt about that. If this is a longevity measure, then John McCain wins," Obama said to reporters. "I'll recall the visit he made last year in which he was surrounded by helicopters and SWAT teams and came back and reported how safe everything was in Baghdad. You know, I don't think that that was indicative of what was actually happening on the ground at that time."

Obama is heading to Iraq later this month for what will be only his second visit to the country -- compared to McCain's eight trips.

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