McCain Says Americans Aren’t Getting The Full Picture

(April 1, 2007)--Senator John McCain has some complaints about the news coverage coming out of Iraq.

At a news conference in Baghdad's heavily guarded Green Zone, the Arizona Republican and presidential candidate said Americans are not getting a "full picture" of the progress being made by the security crackdown.

He says one sign of progress is that the Republican congressional delegation he's leading was able to drive from Baghdad's airport to the city center, rather than taking a helicopter as prominent visitors normally do.

McCain told reporters there are many other signs of progress, including a drop in murders and the establishment of security outposts throughout the city, as well as the deployment and good performance of Iraqi brigades.

He also pointed to the improved situation in Anbar province as evidence US and Iraqi forces are gaining an upper hand on insurgents.

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