Gates: Both Obama & McCain Would Take 'Sensible Approach' on Iraq

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday that from what he has seen, both John McCainJohn McCainFox News bests major networks in convention ratings Meghan McCain: ‘I no longer recognize my party’ Why a bill about catfish will show whether Ryan's serious about regulatory reform MORE and Barack ObamaBarack ObamaSenate should fix NATO's Montenegro problem Clinton to call on Black Lives Matter at Dem convention The youth vote—a unicorn worth hunting in 2016 MORE would take a "sensible approach" to Iraq once in office.

"Based on what I read in the newspapers, I think either person who is elected president is going to come in and take a close look at it," Gates said during an interview with CNN.

Despite the wide distance between Obama and McCain on Iraq, Gates said both will heavily weigh the options when approaching the "endgame" in Iraq.

"I've said repeatedly we can't get the endgame wrong. The next president would suffer the greatest consequences if we do get the endgame wrong, so I think whoever's elected is likely to take a fairly sensible approach to it," Gates said.

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