John McCain: in his own words

We've posted audio clips from John McCain's interview with Monitor editors and reporters here. Coverage of the interview is here, and coverage of his appearance at Concord High School earlier in the day is here. Video of the Q&A concerning McCain's age is here.

A debate preview? In the first audio clip, McCain discusses the surge, reminding us that some months ago, John Edwards looked to score points by disparaging the "McCain surge." (Here is a Dec. 29, 2006, video clip of Edwards criticizing the upcoming surge, which he dubbed part of the "McCain doctrine.") Given the many recent positive reviews the surge has received, don't be surprised if McCain uses the Edwards line to remind tonight's GOP debate audience how hard he advocated for the surge.