WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. John McCain, who lost the presidency to Barack Obama last fall, is supporting Obama's new plan to pull most U.S. troops out of Iraq by the fall of 2010.
McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in an interview Friday he thinks the plan is "significantly different" from the one Obama pushed during his campaign. During the campaign, Obama had advocated a complete withdrawal within 16 months of taking office.
McCain said that members of Congress were told in a White House meeting Thursday that the majority of troops in Iraq now would be kept there through the end of the year to protect against violence during Baghdad elections next December. Then, even as troops begin to leave, some 50,000 forces would be kept behind to advise the Iraqi troops.