Most 2008 Contenders Noncommittal on Iraq Pullout
Posted on Jun 26, 2006
Potential White House suitors Chris Dodd, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Evan Bayh all refused to join Sens. Kerry and Feingold in demanding a timetable for pullout of allied troops from Iraq.
Sens. McCain and Brownback, however, want the troops to stay as long as necessary.
Republican senators weighing a 2008 presidential bid united behind President Bush’s Iraq policy, while potential Democratic candidates favored troop withdrawals but split over a deadline for ending the U.S. military’s combat presence.
“We cannot pull out and hope for the best,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., calling redeployments now “a significant step on the road to disaster.”
Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., likewise dismissed a timetable: “We have to see this through to a successful conclusion.”
However, Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., said: “We must no longer remain in an open-ended commitment.”