Maintaining his support for the President Bush’s beleaguered Iraq policy, Arizona Sen. John McCain traveled to Kansas City, Mo. Monday to speak to the 108th National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, citing his own military record while vigorously defending the idea of staying the course in Iraq.
“Our defeat in Iraq would be catastrophic, not just for Iraq, but for us, and I cannot be complicit in it. I will do whatever I can, whether I am effective or not, to help avert it. That is all I can offer my country,” he said. “But though my duty is neither dangerous nor onerous, it compels me nonetheless to say to my fellow Americans, as long as we have a chance to succeed we must try to succeed.”
On Sunday, McCain appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation, where he talked about the shake-ups in his campaign, the war in Iraq, his position on immigration, and whether he thought Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., would be the Democratic nominee.
The Arizona senator also made his 10th appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on Thursday to promote his latest book, “Hard Call: Great Decisions and the Extraordinary People Who Made Them.”
There also are reports this week that the McCain campaign is slowly rebuilding its infrastructure in South Carolina. Jim Davenport of the Associated Press wrote that the campaign will have eight full-time staffers in South Carolina by the end of the month. Before his campaign shake-ups, McCain had 12 staffers in the Palmetto State, only to see them dwindle to four after several layoffs and resignations.
So far, McCain has no other public events scheduled for the rest of the week.