Reaction to Bush’s veto

Reaction to President Bush’s veto of a bill to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq by Oct. 1:

“A bipartisan majority of Congress sent the president a bill to fully fund our troops and change the mission in Iraq. The president refused to sign this bill. That’s his right, but now he has an obligation to explain his plan to responsibly end this war. … But if the president thinks that by vetoing this bill he’ll stop us from working to change the direction of the war in Iraq, he is mistaken.” - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

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“This veto is the first step toward quickly passing the legislation our troops asked for. The president’s call for a quick turnaround on the funding bill after the veto is consistent with what we’ve heard from commanders in the field. No matter how you may feel about the effort to secure Iraq, providing the funds to our troops should be everyone’s top priority.” - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

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“If the president thinks that what is happening on the ground in Iraq now is progress, as he said in his comments tonight, then it is clear to see why we have a disagreement on policy with him. … We look forward to working with the president to find common ground. But there is great distance between us right now.” — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

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“The president is wrong to veto the Iraq spending bill and reject its needed timeline for the orderly, responsible, and safe withdrawal of our forces from Iraq. He was wrong to lead us into the war, wrong to conduct it so poorly, wrong to refuse to change course. We cannot continue business as usual in Iraq. It is time for America to end its participation in the brutal civil war.” — Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass.

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“President Bush is right to veto this legislation. It would have ensured our nation’s defeat in a war we cannot afford to lose.” — Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

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“Today, with his veto, President Bush sent a clear message to our enemies — America will not surrender to al-Qaida in Iraq. My congressional colleagues should set aside partisan politics and give Gen. Petraeus and our men and women in battle the resources they need to win.” - Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

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“President Bush asks too little of Iraqi politicians while asking for the greatest sacrifice from American troops. The irony of President Bush declaring ‘mission accomplished’ in Iraq four years ago today was not lost on anyone in Congress. What the president doesn’t understand is that the only way to actually accomplish the mission is to change the strategy. More of the same won’t cut it.” - Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.

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