[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/08/13/art.mccain.georgia.gi.jpg caption="McCain said Lieberman and Graham will be leaving ‘as soon as possible.’"]
(CNN) - John McCain said Wednesday that two of his strongest Senate supporters, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman, would be heading to the nation of Georgia in their role as lawmakers, to report back on the conflict in that country.
“The situation in Georgia remains fluid and dangerous, and as soon as possible my colleagues Senator Lieberman and Senator Graham will be traveling… to Georgia. They’re both members of the Senate Armed Services committee,” McCain said at a news conference Wednesday. “I hope that other members of the Armed Services Committee in the Senate and they will go together and receive an assessment of the situation and what we need to do in the future, to avoid further escalation, and also to protect the independence and freedom of the people of this brave democratic ally, the country of Georgia.”
The two men are both major campaign surrogates for McCain, who has staked out a hard-line position on Russian military action in Georgia.
On Wednesday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she had spoken with both McCain and rival Barack Obama about developments in the ongoing crisis.