FACT CHECK: Ned Lamont Does Not Support ‘Immediate Withdrawal’ From Iraq

People have the right to disagree about what should be done in Iraq. This is part of a healthy political debate. What isn’t healthy is distorting someone’s position to score political points.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT), and others are appearing on national TV and claiming — explcitly and implicitly — that Ned Lamont supports “immediate withdrawal” from Iraq. Watch some examples:


These claims are false. Ned Lamont does not support immediate withdrawal. He has explicitly said that he would have supported the amendment proposed by Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Russ Feingold (D-WI), which called for a phased withdrawal over the course of the next year.


A majority of Americans do not support immediate withdrawal of all troops. But Lamont’s actual position — setting a timetable for withdrawal — is supported by nearly 60 percent of the American public.

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