April 27, 2007
Congress has passed the controversial war funding bill, and as it heads to the White House, Democrats urge the President not to veto it.
Eight Democrats in the race for the White House didn't waste any time taking aim at President Bush and the war in Iraq.
"The problem is that the President seems determined not to change course despite the fact that we are not gaining ground. We are in the middle of a multi-sided sectarian civil war," said Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York.
In the first major debate of campaign 2008 Thursday night on MSNBC, the candidates avoided attacking each other, choosing to keep the
focus on Iraq. Every one of the Democrats said it's time to start ending U.S. military operations in the war-torn country.
"There's no military solution to this. We've got to have a political solution, begin a phased withdrawal and make certain we've got benchmarks in place so the Iraqi people can make a determination about how they want to move forward," said Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois.
Amid the debate, Congress got a stern message from the White House. The Bush administration considers the final war spending bill dead before arrival because it contains a timeline for troop withdrawal.
The White House wants lawmakers to speed up the process of sending the final bill to President Bush's desk so he can veto it. That's expected to happen next week. Then the debate begins again.
Top Democrats predict that it will take weeks to put together another
spending bill. And they're aware that time is running out. The Pentagon
needs the funding, or it could end up cutting back on some military
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