Iraq's civilian death toll has dropped sharply in recent months, which the Pentagon credits to the decision to send more U.S. troops. "I knew what needed to be done, and now we're doing it," McCain said. Yet it is far from clear that GOP voters are ready to reward him. McCain might have been right about the need for a troop buildup, said Karin Hollack, a Republican college student from Iowa, but that does not make him any less "off-putting." "I don't really like him," she said.
Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times
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