(CNN) - John McCain responded to a question about groups that continue to use his "100 years" remark in negative ads by directing his fire at Barack Obama.
The presumptive Republican nominee said that every objective assessment of “the distortion of my statement about our involvement in Iraq is totally, totally false.
“And it’s a little distressing to me when Senator Obama says that he wants to run a very great campaign that is above politics, and above the mundane aspects of political campaigns, and then keeps turning around and saying and totally falsifying my statement,” which said it was acceptable to have troops in Iraq along the lines of the long-term U.S. presence in South Korea, said McCain.
"It’s disappointing that Senator Obama would continue to absolutely falsely characterize my remarks."
Both the Democratic National Committee and MoveOn.org have released attack ads this week that feature part of the Arizona senator’s remark. The McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee have blasted the ads as misleading because they say the comment is taken out of context, and the spots do not include his full statement.
During his primary campaign, McCain said a 100-year presence of U.S. troops in Iraq “would be fine with me, as long as Americans, as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed. It’s fine with me and I hope it would be fine with you if we maintain a presence in a very volatile part of the world.”