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A top US senator applauds uprisings in Arab world
McCain welcomes change in Arab world, says Europeans should aid in shaping post-Gadhafi Libya
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee says popular uprisings across the Arab world signal "a much brighter day" for people who have never known democracy and freedom.

Sen. John McCain, who unsucessfully ran for president in 2008, says Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi's days are numbered. But he also says, "How long it takes and how long he holds out, I can't tell you exactly."

McCain told CBS televison's "The Early Show" on Tuesday that while the U.S. should play a role in helping Libya in a post-Gadhafi transition, European nations should take the lead. He says, "I think we ought to really be turning our attention to national reconciliation, to not having revenge killings going on."

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