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42 Democrats Vow a Drawdown in Iraq If They Win Seats

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  • Greg Cannon
    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)
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 28, 2008
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      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
      Iraq policies.

      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."
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