McCain has been criticized by liberal special interest groups, such as MoveOn.org, for supporting “100 years of war” in Iraq. At a townhall meeting earlier this year, McCain said he could foresee keeping troops in Iraq for 100 years, as long as they were not being killed or wounded. McCain’s Democratic opponents have used these remarks to paint him as a war monger.
Following their lead Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean issued this statement after McCain's speech: "John McCain's empty rhetoric today can't change the fact that he has steadfastly stood with President Bush from day one and is now talking about keeping our troops in Iraq for 100 years."
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