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Media Shocker: GOP Candidates Support Iraq War

From those famously pro-American reporters at Reuters:

2008 Republicans back war

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent Fri May 4

Republican White House contenders offered strong support for the military effort in Iraq but voiced qualms about the Bush administration’s management of the war during a quiet first debate on Thursday.

The Republican debate at the California presidential library of conservative Republican hero Ronald Reagan produced few confrontations or memorable moments but exposed some differences among the 10 candidates on social issues like abortion.

Most of the candidates called for victory in Iraq, one week after Democratic presidential candidates in their first debate endorsed the war’s quick end.

“We must win in Iraq. If we withdraw, there will be chaos, there will be genocide, and they will follow us home,” said Arizona Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record), who has led the charge in support of the war and backs President George W. Bush’s plan to increase troop levels in Iraq.

Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, the leader of the Republican pack in national polls, said: “We should never retreat in the face of terrorism. Terrible mistake.”

But some candidates raised doubts about the management of the war by Bush and his administration. McCain said the war was “badly managed for four years.”

“Clearly there was a real error in judgment, and that primarily had to do with listening to a lot of folks who were civilians in suits and silk ties and not listening enough to the generals,” said former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee…

Polls show broad public dissatisfaction with Bush, the Iraq war and Republicans in general 18 months before the November 2008 election for the presidency, forcing the candidates to walk a fine line in deciding whether to embrace Bush or his policies…

Polls also show practically every major GOP candidate beating every major Democrat candidate. But let’s not mention that.

Most of the candidates called for victory in Iraq…

“Most of the candidates”? Which serious GOP candidates aren’t for victory in Iraq? (Sit down Mr. Paul.)

Once again, this is a concept that is impossible for our one party media to even comprehend.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 4th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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