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Sen. McCain Wraps Up Campaign Stop in Utah

Sen. McCain Wraps Up Campaign Stop in Utah

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John Daley Reporting Arizona Senator John McCain is wrapping up a campaign swing through Utah.

Just about an hour ago he finished a press conference at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

Senator McCain discussed everything from the war in Iraq, to the deficit, to global warming this morning with reporters.

Senator McCain is here on a two-day visit. Yesterday he held a couple of fundraisers, including one at Deer Valley.

This morning, Senator McCain reiterated his position that we need to increase the number of troops in Iraq and that pulling out would be a disaster. He says he stands by the position even if it may hurt him with a public increasingly frustrated by the war.

"I believe that any political ambition I might have is negligent compared to what has already been sacrificed and is being risked by young Americans today," McCain said. "Any impact it might have on my political ambitions, I'm not only not concerned about, I don't even think about."

The senator says he would close Guantanamo and stop the U.S. policy called "extraordinary rendition" -- holding terror suspects in secret locations overseas. But he supports the Patriot Act.

McCain says we need to control spending and that he would rein that in if elected president. He says in particular he favors reform of the earmarking process, as well as defense acquisition.

Asked about what Republicans chances are in 2008 after losing Congress in 2006, McCain says the U.S. is fundamentally a "right-of-center" nation and will naturally gravitate toward conservatives.

McCain also said he can hit the ground running and doesn't need "any on-the job training" on major issues facing the country.

"I have a proven record of reaching across the aisle," he said of working with Democrats.

McCain will now travel to Arizona with Governor Huntsman for another fundraising event.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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