McConnell tries to wipe away McCain’s ‘100 years’ comment.

On the Senate floor today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said that “one of the things that we will be debating this fall, Mr. President, is whether our troops need to be in Iraq for another 50 or 100 years.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) immediately took issue with Reid’s comment, saying “of course no one has said that.” “That’s a swipe at Senator McCain” and “a deliberate misrepresentation of what he has said,” which was “about troop deployments overseas, not the continued engagement in warfare.” Watch it:

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But, as ABC News’s Jake Tapper points out on his blog, “Reid’s description was completely accurate: McCain said it would be fine with him if US troops were in Iraq indefinitely.” As Tapper puts it, “Republicans are trying to use the media condemnation” of some of the ways McCain’s remarks have been framed as “a blanket condemnation of any time anyone quotes McCain on the matter.”