Republican presidential hopeful John McCain says his remark that American troops could stay in Iraq for 100 years has been distorted. At the same time, he still suggests a lengthy U.S. presence.
McCain was responding to a student who had criticized his 100-year remark during a town hall meeting at Rice University in Houston.
The student referred to McCain's response at a town hall meeting in January when he was asked about a comment President Bush had made about U.S. troops remaining in Iraq for 50 years.
McCain's reply at the time was: "Maybe 100."
Speaking today, McCain pointed to places where the U.S. military is maintaining a peaceful presence, such as Korea, Japan, Germany and Kuwait.