John McCain says television ads accusing him of advocating a 100-year war in Iraq aren't accurate in portraying his position on the war.
McCain, speaking Friday in Colorado, says the ad being run by the Democratic National Committee and the liberal group MoveOn.org is "a direct falsification." McCain doesn't deny saying "100 years" in connection with U.S. military operations in Iraq, but says he was clearly referring to a possible peacekeeping force -- and not a century-long war, as critics imply.
McCain says there are "legitimate differences" between himself and the two Democratic candidates.
Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton want to set a date for withdrawal from Iraq, which McCain argues would lead to chaos and genocide in the Middle East.