Here is their website: http://responsibleplan.com/
(when they say 4 senate candidates, they don't mention
that 2 of them are from the state)
42 Democrats Vow a Drawdown in Iraq If They Win Seats
By Paul Kane
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 28, 2008; Page A03
More than three dozen Democratic congressional
candidates banded together yesterday to promise that,
if elected, they will push for legislation calling for
an immediate drawdown of troops in Iraq that would
leave only a security force in place to guard the U.S.
Embassy in Baghdad.
Rejecting their party leaders' assertions that
economic troubles have become the top issue on voters'
minds, leaders of the coalition of 38 House and four
Senate candidates pledged to make immediate withdrawal
from Iraq the centerpiece of their campaigns.
"The people inside the Beltway don't seem to get how
big an issue this is," said Darcy Burner, a repeat
candidate who narrowly lost to Rep. Dave Reichert
(R-Wash.) in 2006.
The group's 36-page plan does not set a specific
deadline for when all combat troops must be out of
Iraq. "Begin it now, do it as safely as you can and
get everyone out," Burner said.
The starkest difference between the group's proposal,
dubbed a "Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq,"
and those embraced by many senior Democrats and the
party's presidential candidates is that it rejects the
idea of leaving U.S. troops on the ground to train
Iraqi security forces or engage in anti-terrorism
operations. The group instead calls for a dramatic
increase in regional diplomacy and the deployment of
international peacekeeping forces, if necessary.
One of the signatories, Donna F. Edwards, who bested
Rep. Albert R. Wynn in his Prince George's
County-centered district in the Democratic primary on
Feb. 12, said the candidates are offering "real
leadership." She also gave credit to "some in the
Congress who are prepared to demonstrate the political
will" to end the war, signaling that she disagrees
with Democratic leaders who have been thwarted in
their legislative efforts to reshape President Bush's
The antiwar candidates include several challengers who
are highly touted by Democratic leaders, including
Burner and Eric Massa, who is running a second race
against Rep. John R. "Randy" Kuhl Jr. (R-N.Y.). A few
are running in Democratic-leaning districts and,
should they win their primaries, are likely to win in
November. Many more are, for now, longer-shot
candidates running against veteran Republican
Democratic leaders said the new candidate coalition
does not signal a divide in the party's war policy.
"Democrats are united in our need to bring change in
Iraq," said Doug Thornell, spokesman for the
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "It's up
to the individual candidates to determine how to best
do that for their district."