Richardson Lays Out Iraq 'Choice'
Bill Richardson wants to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq -- all of them.
Should you have any doubt, watch his latest video. The 4 minute, 30 second effort quotes extensively from the policy platforms of his Democratic contenders, Army field manuals, and his own proposal, which calls for a complete pullout of all American service members -- including residual forces.
The slick production includes black and white and color photos (some seen in previous Richardson ads), video clips, and newspaper clippings. It also features something the Richardson camp is proud of -- vocal blogger support.
Claiming the mainstream press has downplayed Democratic differences on an Iraq exit strategy, the campaign turns to Chris Bowers and Matt Stoller of Openleft.com, and Christina Siun O'Connell of Firedoglake.com to provide context.
"I was disappointed that so many Democrats supported residual forces," says Bowers. "Bill Richardson supports taking all the troops out of Iraq -- which is different from every other major Democratic candidate," he adds.
"No one" has stepped up and promoted a complete withdrawal, O'Connel says, while Stoller plays up Richardson's professional experiences. "He doesn't have to listen to the grand old wisemen of Washington," Stoller says.
Striking at the heart of an ongoing dispute between Clinton and Obama, Richardson's video ends by reminding viewers that his Iraq proposals provide "experience, and change."
The video is a preview of a 30-second TV ad set to hit New Hampshire airwaves on Wednesday.
-- Ed O'Keefe
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