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Flashback: Last year, McCain politicized 9/11 by launching pro-Iraq war tour.

Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Barack Obama (D-IL) have both suspended their campaigns today in honor of 9/11. Today “is not a day for politics,” a McCain spokesman said. Last year, however, McCain was unapologetic about using 9/11 to boost his presidential bid, using the day to launch his pro-Iraq war “No Surrender” tour. From his remarks at last year’s rally on 9/11:

I can’t think of a better way to remember and revere their memories and prevent further tragedies and attacks on the United States than to rally support for what Gen. Petraeus in his testimony today (said) was now the central battlefield in the war against terror, Iraq.

McCain still frequently makes references to the stunt during campaign events. Watch clips from McCain’s politicized 9/11 rally here.

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