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Dems Respond to Bush: Change Course on Iraq
Flanked by Generals, Reid Calls for 'Responsible' End to War
04/16/2007 6:34 PM ET
WASHINGTON - APRIL 16: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (C) speaks as Army Lt. General Robert G. Gard (Ret.) (L) and Brig. General John H. Johns (Ret.) (R) looks on during a news conference to call for a change of course in Iraq April 16, 2
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WASHINGTON - APRIL 16: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (C) speaks as Army Lt. General Robert G. Gard (Ret.) (L) and Brig. General John H. Johns (Ret.) (R) looks on during a news conference to call for "a change of course in Iraq" April 16, 2

"The American people, a bipartisan majority of Congress and senior military leaders, including these two distinguished officers standing next to me, have all called for a change of course in Iraq. But President Bush and Vice President Cheney refuse to listen. They are isolated in their thinking and are failing our troops and our country," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today said today at a press conference standing next to Lt. General Robert G. Gard, Jr. (USA, Ret.) and Brig. General John H. Johns (USA, Ret.).

"Congress is committed to fully funding our troops, changing the course in Iraq and responsibly ending the war," Reid continued. "When Democratic leaders sit down with the President this Wednesday we will be bringing with us the concerns of the American people and the advice of military experts."

Reid's press conference came on the same day that Bush staged his own media event, surrounded by military families, reiterating his intent to veto any legislation that includes a timetable for withdrawal of US troops.

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