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Saturday, May 26, 2007
McCain warns of hard summer ahead in Iraq
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN)-- Sen. John McCain of Arizona warned it could be a tough summer in Iraq. The comments came on Saturday upon his arrival in Charlotte, North Carolina.

"I think a lot of us who followed closely know it's going to be a very tough summer," he said in an interview with CNN affiliate WCCB. "The Al Qaeda folks and the bad guys realize that if we start succeeding, then we're entering a critical time politically in America, they pay attention to what goes on politically here in the United States; and, I wouldn't be surprised at all if in August since everybody seems to be talking about September, I don't but everybody seems to be talking about September - I think August could be a very tough month over there."

McCain was in town to be the honorary starter for NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday.

--CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford
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