ABC News' Brian Wheeler Reports: Senator Joe Biden, D-Del., released a statement Monday directly attacking both former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, R-N.Y., and Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., over their defense of the troop surge in Iraq.
"Yesterday's attempt by John McCain and Rudy Giuliani to defend the Bush-Cheney troop surge in Iraq totally misses the point - and is misleading to the American people. Security in Iraq is better, thanks in no small measure to our troops. But there is no evidence – none – that the surge is succeeding in achieving its stated objective: to allow Iraqis to come together politically," Biden said in the statement.
On 'This Week with George Stephanopoulos' McCain said, "Success is significant, and anybody who thinks that it isn't does not know the facts on the ground. The progress has been accelerated since we inaugurated the new strategy, which I fought for for four years. We have seen significant progress."
And Rudy Giuliani told a questioner in New Hampshire, "I think that it would be a very big mistake to pull them out while the general there still thinks they can be successful. But I hope they do. And I believe that we have lost lives there, but they kept us safer."
Biden has chosen a tack that will likely be typical of the other Democratic candidates as they seek to salute US troops for the improved security while maintaining the ire towards the war that has become a hallmark of the party base in this campaign season. The Senator labeled the troop surge a failure back in April due to the lack of political progress in Baghdad.
McCain counseled patience in his interview on This Week, saying, "All of us are frustrated by the lack of performance by the Maliki government. But the more secure environment you have, the more political progress you're going to see. That's the classic way to win counterinsurgencies."