Iraq Withdrawal Timetable: Democratic Candidates v. Democratic Voters

Source Organization: Pew Research Center

Author: Richard Auxier

09/27/2007 - Iraq emerged as a central issue in Wednesday's Democratic debate in New Hampshire. Tim Russert, who moderated, brought a new angle to the discussion by asking the candidates if they could pledge that by 2013 -- the end of their first term as president -- there would be no U.S. troops left in Iraq.

Russert's question first went to Illinois Senator Barack Obama, who would not make the pledge to have all troops removed by 2013. "I believe that we should have all our troops out by 2013," said Obama, "but I don't want to make promises not knowing what the situation's going to be three or four years out."

Senator Hillary Clinton of New York also would not pledge to have all troops removed. "Well, Tim, it is my goal to have all troops out by the end of my first term," said Clinton, who agreed with Obama that it would be difficult to make such a pledge without knowing what she would inherit as president in 2009.

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