08/04/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

McCain Accuses Obama Of Playing Politics On Iraq

In his most direct challenge yet of his Democratic presidential rival's Iraq policy, Sen. John McCain suggested yesterday that Sen. Barack Obama had crafted a war strategy designed to further his own political advancement.

McCain also intimated that Obama skipped a visit of wounded U.S. troops in Germany last week because it would not generate sufficient publicity for his campaign, a charge that the Republican made the centerpiece of a new television ad.

Obama's call for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, McCain said, "was political" and was made "in order to help him get the nomination of his party." In a different interview, McCain said that "Senator Obama just views this war as another political issue with which he can change positions."

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