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The spin room

From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
DURHAM, N.H. -- Yes, it's late. But some interesting notes, especially on Romney's to-be-defined Iraq position. Romney adviser Vin Weber said "apparently" and "looks like" the surge is working means "the surge is working." But Weber added, "The surge is not an end unto itself."

Weber added that Romney does not support benchmarks or timetables. U.S. Rep. Chris Shays, a McCain supporter, though said of Romney, "I think he's leaving all options open." Shays conceded that the political end is not working in Iraq and that by most military assesments, there will be a drawdown of troops by March or April simply because the military cannot maintain the current level.