More bad news for McCain on Iraq

A new poll shows Americans favor a timeline for withdrawal, which McCain's campaign has argued against.

Published July 23, 2008 7:31PM (EDT)

Ever have one of those weeks where you just want to go home, have something strong to drink and then maybe crawl into bed until the weekend comes and brings sweet relief? I'm getting the feeling this may be one of those weeks for John McCain -- his political strength, Iraq, seems to be slipping away from him.

First, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said he supported Barack Obama's plan for Iraq. Now, a new poll from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal shows that, despite the McCain campaign's push against discussing or setting a timeline for U.S. withdrawal from that country, by a wide majority Americans are in favor of a timetable. Sixty percent of respondents think a timetable is a good idea, NBC's First Read blog reports; only 30 percent disagree.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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