From NBC's Huma Zaidi
Liberal MoveOn PAC is launching a new $250,000 TV ad campaign today that attacks Sen. John McCain's position on the war. The ad -- which will run in Iowa, New Hampshire, and nationally -- notes that the Administration's plan to send additional troops to Iraq was actually McCain's idea. "It's John McCain's idea to send tens of thousands more soldiers to Iraq. And to keep them there, with no timeline for bringing them home," the ad goes.
As public support for the war slips, analysts believe McCain's stance could hurt his chances if he decides to run for president. While other potential GOP candidates like Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani both say they support Bush's plan, McCain is the person (other than Bush) most closely identified with the troop increase -- and thus the subject of MoveOn's new ad.