Bonus double-talk: Compare this statement at TPM:
Slowly but surely, Republican presidential candidate John McCain is putting some distance between himself and unpopular President Bush.
This week it was the ill-timed “Mission Accomplished” banner that the White House hung behind Bush five years ago when Bush declared major combat operations over in Iraq.
“I thought it was wrong at the time,” McCain said in Cleveland Thursday
With this video of what McCain actually said at “the time”:
CAVUTO: … Senator — after a conflict means after the conflict, and many argue the conflict isn't over.
MCCAIN: Well, then why was there a banner that said 'mission accomplished' on the aircraft carrier? … the conflict — the major conflict is over, the regime change has been accomplished.