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House Republican Leader Calls Republican Senators "Wimps"

July 17, 2007

Despite the fact the 70 percent of Americans support withdrawing almost all U.S. troops from Iraq by April, and despite a growing number of retired Generals and senior Republican Senators joining Democrats in calling for a new strategy in Iraq, many House Republicans remain staunchly in favor of the President's failed Iraq policy. 

 In fact, just last week the Leader of the House Republicans referred to the Senate Republicans who have spoken out against President Bush's failed policy as "wimps."  It begs the question, does the Minority Leader believe 70 percent of Americans and numerous retired Generals are "wimps" as well?

 It is much easier to tow the line and keep rubber-stamping the President's failed Iraq policy, as many Republicans in this body continue to do, than it is to break from your party and the will of your President to take a principled stand for what you believe.  We'll see this week if these Republicans will actually stand by their statements. 

 Despite the name calling, Democrats will continue to push for a responsible redeployment of U.S. troops from Iraq, and we hope that some of our Republican colleagues will join us.