Touches on a variety of topics at morning media availability:
—Reiterates his call for town hall meetings. Says the furor over his Wednesday remark on the “Today” show underscores that the debate needs to be about the issues, particularly Iraq.
—Responds to Sen. Kerry taking a supposed swipe at his age by saying he was “confused” on Iraq. “I’m obviously disappointed in a comment like that.”
—Turns the focus to energy. Criticizes Obama saying he doesn’t address nuclear power in his plan.
—Says he’s always favored closing Gitmo and “I still think we ought to do that.” Adds he’s considering international travel, is considering several places.