McCain Maintains He Didn’t Misspeak on Troop Levels

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The Arizonan responds to pushback from Thursday comments that troops have “drawn down to pre-surge levels” in Milwaukee presser.

Says troops have drawn down and continuing to draw down to pre-surge levels, adding “those are the facts as I’ve stated it.”

“My judgment has been very clear on this issue…. Clearly I was right about the surge. I was correct in saying that we could still win in Iraq and I’m proud of my record there.”

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Comes after Obama camp questioned McCain’s judgment on Iraq, pointed out that troops are not at pre-surge levels yet.

Read more from the campaign’s dueling conference calls with surrogates here.

Plus: McCain also responds to question about appropriateness of fundraising appeal using a photo of him next to Gen. Petraeus, says “it won’t happen again.”

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