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McCain: Powell ‘Got Us Into Iraq’

Fairfax, Va. — Senator John McCain blasted Colin Powell this morning in an interview with National Review Online.

Powell “got us into Iraq,” McCain said.

That fact, he asserted, lessens Powell’s purported appeal to undecided voters, especially those critical of the Iraq War.

“Colin Powell, interestingly enough, said that Obama got us out of Iraq,” McCain said, standing outside of an American Legion hall. “But it was Colin Powell, with his testimony before the U.N. Security Council, that got us into Iraq.”

Powell, who endorsed President Obama four years ago, endorsed the president again earlier this week.

Later, when asked about John Sununu’s reaction to the Powell endorsement last night on CNN (Sununu suggested that it may have been influenced by race), McCain demurred.

“He retracted those comments this morning,” McCain said, flatly.

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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