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Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR) Calls Kennedy’s Iraq Escalation Bill ‘A Good Idea’

By Payson Schwin on January 9, 2007 at 5:12 pm

"Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR) Calls Kennedy’s Iraq Escalation Bill ‘A Good Idea’"

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Today, Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR) said Sen. Ted Kennedy’s (D-MA) new legislation requiring the president to gain congressional authority before escalating the Iraq war is “a good idea.” “The more the Congress can be involved in the decision making, the better,” Smith told CNN. (Read more about the Kennedy bill here.)

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Smith has called Bush’s Iraq policy “criminal,” a “dereliction,” and “deeply immoral.”

Transcript:

BASH: But the President can no longer rely on a GOP firewall of support. Republican Senator Gordon Smith, recently soured on the war, tells CNN he thinks Kennedy’s idea for a new congressional authorization is a good one.

SMITH: But he more the Congress can be involved in the decision making, the better — and that is what the American people are asking for; they are going to hold us accountable then let’s have the tools of accountability so we can be held responsible.

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