John McCain: Can He Mend Fences with the Right?

A year after his presidential defeat, John McCain is tussling again with Barack Obama — and challengers from the Republican Party

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Former Representative J.D. Hayworth, left, and Senator John McCain

At a White House meeting Oct. 6, Senator John McCain of Arizona urged President Barack Obama to make a decision about additional troops in Afghanistan quickly and not make it a "leisurely process." Senator Carl Levin of Michigan noted that it had taken Obama's predecessor George W. Bush three months to order a surge in Iraq. Then Obama spoke. "John, I can assure you this won't be leisurely, as nobody feels more urgency to get this right than I do."

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