Times Rejects McCain Op-Ed 'as Currently Written'

Editor wants piece to 'mirror' Obama's, contain new info; GOP sees politics
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2008 9:36 PM CDT
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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(Newser) – The New York Times has turned down John McCain's rebuttal to a recent Barack Obama op-ed on Iraq, telling the Republican’s campaign it isn’t “able to accept this piece as currently written.” A campaign insider tells Drudge that the Grey Lady simply doesn’t agree with his candidate’s policies; the op-ed editor maintains Mac didn’t “offer new information” in his piece.

David Shipley, who once served as a speechwriter to President Clinton, said McCain—like Obama—“would have to articulate, in concrete terms, how [he] defines victory in Iraq.” Drudge also runs the submission in its entirety; in it, Mac says of his rival, “I am dismayed that he never talks about winning the war—only of ending it.”