Richardson's New Iraq Ad
As we reported yesterday, Bill Richardson is spending time and money this week to distinguish his Iraq strategy from Democratic frontrunners. Suggesting the media is dropping the ball on the differences between Democratic candidates, Richardson uses Democratic bloggers and activists to make his point in a new 30-second ad.
"Clinton, Obama, and Edwards all say they want to end the war in Iraq, but they support leaving thousands, even tens of thousands of troops behind. That doesn't make sense," Stoller says.
"If you leave troops behind, you're not ending the war," says O'Connell.
Chris Dodd reacted quickly Monday to the release of Richardson's video, saying Richardson does not want to withdraw "all" U.S. troops from Iraq, because he would keep Marines in Baghdad to protect the U.S. embassy.
The Dodd campaign cites a July interview with Salon.com during which Richardson said Marines should stay in Baghdad, "Because that's where our personnel is." The governor later stated during the interview "It's a Marine detachment. It's part of our diplomatic corps. I wouldn't even consider that a residual force. Of course I would permit that," suggesting that any force greater than a Marine detachment "means that the embassy is not safe. I would pull the embassy if it is not safe."
-- Ed O'Keefe
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