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Congressional Candidates, Generals Unite to Present Iraq Exit Plans

Retired military officers and at least 25 Democratic House and Senate candidates are joining forces to present what it calls "A Responsible Plan" to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq. The group will present the details of its plan on Thursday.

It calls for the removal of all U.S. military forces in Iraq, and a focus instead on diplomatic, political and economic efforts. It also calls on officials to address the needs of displaced Iraqis, for more "checks to executive authority," more accountability for military contractors, and a new national energy policy.

The group is promoting its efforts in a series of online videos. The most recent production features Congressional candidates Darcy Burner (D-Wash.), Donna Edwards D-Md.), George Fearing (D-Wash.), Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Larry Byrnes (D-Fla.), Eric Massa (D-N.Y.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.), and Tom Perriello (D-Va.):

A few of the plan's endorsees has a good chance of winning in November. Virginia Democrat Leslie Byrne, for example, is the only candidate mentioned on The Fix's most recent Friday Line of competitive House races, and Donna Edwards is all but certain to win her heavily Democratic district following her primary victory in February against incumbent Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D-Md.). Eric Massa and Steve Harrison are also running in New York congressional districts that could eventually favor the Democrats.

Click here to view a full list of candidates and retired military officers endorsing the plan. And click here to watch the group's other videos.

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  March 25, 2008; 2:39 PM ET Congress
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