Candidate Positions on Iraq War
The following positions reflect those used for each candidate in the Select A Candidate survey. They come from the candidates; public statements, Web sites, and responses to Minnesota Public Radio questionnaires. In some cases, candidiates have failed to respond to inquiries, and their position is noted as "No known opinion."
Question: Do you favor or oppose a set date (timeline) for the removal of U.S. troops from Iraq?
ANSWER OPTION: We must proceed with the prompt and orderly redeployment of U.S. troops from Iraq. We must continue the successful diplomatic work that led to the Sunni "awakening" movement against Al Qaeda and the temporary cessation of hostile action by the Shiite militias. We must continue to insist that the Iraqi government work to promote political stability and reconciliation during this critical period. For the past two years, there has been bipartisan majority support to change our flawed Iraq policy; the problem has not been congressional consensus, but rather an administration that continues to believe that this war can be won militarily.