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McCain says Gates' timing on book poor

| Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, 6:54 p.m.

President Obama — criticized in a new book by former Defense secretary Robert Gates — found an unusual source of sympathy on Sunday: John McCain.

The Republican senator from Arizona, who lost the 2008 presidential election to Obama, told CNN that Gates should have delayed publication of his book, perhaps until the end of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan.

“If I (had been) giving him advice, I would have waited,” McCain said on CNN's State of the Union.

McCain called Gates “one of the finest public servants that I've known,” and he has the right “to voice his views any time he wants to.”

Gates said he doesn't regret anything he wrote in his controversial book and calls the memoir “an honest account.”

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