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McCain and Lieberman Express Support For Sending More Troops to Iraq

By Judd Legum  

"McCain and Lieberman Express Support For Sending More Troops to Iraq"

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Opposition to the Iraq war was the dominant factor in this week’s election. NBC’s Meet the Press invited Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) to discuss the issue. Both McCain and Lieberman expressed support for sending more troops to Iraq. Watch it:

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Only 8 percent of Americans support sending more troops to Iraq. The other 92 percent were not represented this week on Meet the Press.

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Full transcript:

McCAIN: The question is, is what’s the solution? And I believe that a withdrawal or a date for withdrawal will lead to chaos in the region, and most military expercent think the same thing. I believe that there are a lot of things that we can do to salvage this, but they all require the presence of additional troops.

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RUSSERT: Should we send more troops?

LIEBERMAN: I think we have to be open to that as a way to succeed, to achieve a free and independent Iraq, which would be an extraordinary accomplishment.

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