Kerry And McCain Huddle With Iraq Study Group

By David Chalian

Nov 27, 2006 5:34pm

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf Reports: Late this afternoon, television cameras staking out the Iraq Study Group (which is meeting in Washington, DC) spied former presidential candidate John Kerry waiting for the elevator to go up and meet with the bipartisan, congressionally commissioned group of elder statesmen (and women).

Kerry co-sponsored a failed measure this past summer that would have amended the DOD Authorization for 2007 to begin pulling US troops out of Iraq and set July 2007 as a target date to have most of the troops out of the country. The amendment went down 86-13.

More Democrats supported an alternative to Kerry’s plan, which also failed, sponsored by Sens. Levin and Reed, the "phased redeployment" plan. Both the Kerry and Levin/Reed proposals could potentially fare better when Democrats take over the Congress next year, though it remains unclear if even "phased redeployment" has the votes to pass the Democratic controlled Senate — it did not have the support of all Democrats last summer.

UPDATE: In addition to meeting with John Kerry, the Iraq Study Group met today with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who has proposed sending additional American troops to Iraq to help quell the violence there.

Caught by reporters leaving work, former Secretary of State James Baker said work was going "fine," but that he couldn’t characterize the presentations by either Kerry or McCain because "we promised confidentiality."

Baker did say there will be more presentations tomorrow.

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