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2008 Elections

Barack Obama on Iraq


As an Illinois state senator in 2002, he opposed the war in Iraq in its inception. He called it an "undetermined" war that would keep America in Iraq for an unknown period of time and cost an unknown amount of money. He introduced legislation in January 2007 to bring combat troops home by March 2008. His plan to end the war calls for the immediate withdrawal of troops over a gradual period of time; removing one or two units per month. He supports leaving an unspecified number of troops in the region to protect America's national security interests and train the Iraqis.


YouTube video: Obama in Clinton, Iowa
Obama discusses his stance against the war in Iraq since 2002 and his policy to get out of it in 2007.


YouTube video: Democratic Debate: Terrorist threats
Obama discusses the terrorist threat currently working all over the world.


Obama's campaign Web site: Turning the page in Iraq
Obama details his plan to end the war in Iraq.


Obama's Illinois Senator Web site: Remarks on the Iraq War
Transcript of remarks made on the Senate floor in March 2007.


Las Vegas Sun (10-19-07): Obama swerves, aiming for Clinton (Senator Obama discusses his consistent stand against the war in Iraq)


Las Vegas Sun (10-03-07): Jon Ralston talks with Obama about his war foresight
Ralston speaks to Obama about what factors formed his stance on the war in Iraq.


— Las Vegas Sun interns Jenna Kohler and April Corbin contributed to this report.

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