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Candidate Positions on Iraq

Read the full responses from candidates below. “Answer option” is the choice given in the quiz, and “Candidate’s position” shows the candidate’s response to MPR News.

Question: What is your opinion on the war in Iraq?
Bob BarrBob Barr ANSWER OPTION: There should be a timetable for the removal of U.S. troops.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: "I do believe that it is extremely important, and in the best interests of America's defenses and our security, and our relationship with our allies, that we do begin immediately setting in place a plan to draw down, dramatically decrease the military, the economic and the political footprint that we maintain in Iraq." (More Info)

John McCainJohn McCain ANSWER OPTION: U.S. forces need to stay in Iraq for as long as it takes for Iraqi forces to take over.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: "Ultimately, Iraq's future lies in the hands of its people, government, and armed forces, and strengthening them is an essential requirement for bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq. Until Iraqi forces are ready, however, a precipitous U.S. withdrawal would condemn Iraq to civil war and intervention by its neighbors and energize al Qaeda and other jihadists across the globe. This would gravely jeopardize American security," McCain says on his Web site. (More Info)

Ralph NaderRalph Nader ANSWER OPTION: There should be a timetable for the removal of U.S. troops.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: According to a statement on his web site, Nader believes, "The current political strategy of pre-emptive war in the Middle East is a disaster for both the American people and the people of the Middle East. It has bloated the already wasteful military budget and has cost at present over 4,000 American lives, nearly 100,000 American injuries, and over a million Iraqi civilian lives, plus the destruction of their country." (More Info)

Barack ObamaBarack Obama ANSWER OPTION: There should be a timetable for the removal of U.S. troops.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: According to Barack's Web site, "At the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations in November 2005, Senator Obama called for: (1) a reduction in the number of U.S. troops; (2) a time frame for a phased withdrawal; (3) the Iraqi government to make progress on forming a political solution; (4) improved reconstruction efforts to restore basic services in Iraq; and (5) engaging the international community, particularly key neighboring states and Arab nations, to become more involved in Iraq. In January 2006 he traveled to Iraq and met with senior U.S. military commanders, Iraqi officials and U.S. troops in Baghdad and Fallujah.