In February, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama described the lives of troops in Iraq as having been "wasted" but then apologized a day later for making what he called "a slip of the tongue" that he said was not meant to diminish their sacrifice.
Asked Thursday whether McCain should apologize, Obama responded, "We have a duty, a sacred duty, to make sure we are honoring their sacrifice by giving them missions in which they can succeed. I'm positive that was the intent in which he meant it."
Obama added, "It was the same intent that I had when I made my statement, John McCain and I may have disagreements. The one area that I don't think he can be questioned is his dedication to American troops. He's been there. He's done that."