By Patrick Appel
McCain changes his tune, and then semi-corrects himself:
BLITZER: So why do you think he said that 16 months is basically a pretty good timetable?
McCAIN: He said it’s a pretty good timetable based on conditions on the ground. I think it’s a pretty good timetable, as we should or horizons for withdrawal. But they have to be based on conditions on the ground.
In terms of his comment about that maybe 16 months sounds good we are pleased to see that there has been some convergence around proposals that we've been making for a year and a half. The fact that John McCain now thinks that we should put more troops into Afghanistan I think is a good thing and that the Bush administration acknowledges that as well...The fact that John McCain now thinks that it's possible for us to execute a phased withdrawal I think that's a positive thing and if the administration believes that as well, then I will, I will be fully supportive.