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 McCainDefense contingency misuse threatens national security Former Bush national security official backing Clinton over Trump Juan Williams: GOP sounds the sirens over Trump MORE and Barack ObamaBarack ObamaObama lauds abortion decision from Supreme Court Dems celebrate anniversary of gay marriage ruling Cannabis conversation urged at North American Leaders Summit 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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