Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said on Sunday that he supports talks between the U.S. and the Taliban, a position that may be out of step with Mitt Romney, whom he endorsed in the presidential contest, according to ABC.
“I think it’s important to have talks wherever you can,” said McCain, who was speaking from Afghanistan, in an interview with ABC’s This Week. “We have to have an outcome on the battlefield…that would motivate a successful conclusion.”
Romney said in a recent presidential debate that the “right course” was not to negotiate with the Taliban, ABC reported. McCain said he has not discussed the issue with Romney.
He went on to say that tenor if this year’s presidential race may be hurting Republicans and helping President Obama, ABC reported.
“I am concerned about that,” McCain said “And I think there is reason to be concerned about it…I don’t think I have seen one that was as personal and as characterized by so many attacks as these are.”
He blamed the blizzard of negative television ads on super PACs, which can receive unlimited contributions.
“I think it’s a very tough campaign and I understand that, but the fact is that these debates and these kinds of negative campaigns have driven the disapproval ratings of all of the members up.”
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