McCain again questions Obama's judgment on Iraq

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- John McCain says he's not challenging Barack Obama's patriotism in criticizing the Democrat's call to pull out of Iraq, only his judgment.

McCain says Obama's making these decisions "not because he doesn't love America, but because he doesn't think it matters whether America wins or loses."

During a town-hall meeting in New Mexico, McCain repeated his charge that Obama would rather forfeit than win in Iraq just to boost his own political ambitions. Obama has called that an assault on his patriotism.

McCain continues to challenge Obama's positions on Iraq, including his opposition to last year's troop surge. McCain says "no rational observer" can go to Iraq and see what's been done in the last year and say the surge hasn't succeeded.

Obama acknowledges the surge has reduced violence, but he says it has failed in its political goal of facilitating a reconciliation among Iraqi factions.

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

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