McCain says U.S. backs Georgia; Obama sends message to Russia

YORK, Pa. (AP) -- John McCain says he called Georgia's president to tell him that all Americans back the former Soviet republic in its struggle against Russia.

McCain is campaigning in Pennsylvania today. He says Russia is using "violence against Georgia to send a signal" to nations that associate with the West. He says that puts Russian leaders at risk of losing "the benefits they enjoy from being part of the civilized world."

Barack Obama has been vacationing in Hawaii, but issued a statement urging Russia to "immediately" sign and honor a cease-fire. He also called for international monitors to make sure such steps are being taken.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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