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McCain Quick to Apologize for "Wasted" Remark
Retracts Comment That U.S. Lives Lost in Iraq Were "Wasted"
03/01/2007 3:53 PM ET
From CBS
Republican John McCain apologized today for saying last night that American lives have been "wasted" in Iraq.

McCain made the comment on CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" -- an appearance during which he also announced his 2008 presidential bid.

On the program, McCain said, "Americans are very frustrated, and they have every right to be. We've wasted a lot of our most precious treasure, which is American lives."

McCain released a statement today saying, "I should have used the word sacrificed, as I have in the past. No one appreciates and honors more than I do the selfless patriotism of American servicemen and women in the Iraq War."

Democratic presidential Barack Obama contender recently apologized for making a similar "wasted" comment.

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