Thursday, October 4

Richardson Says "Out Now"

Reuters reports:

Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson criticized his rivals on Thursday for failing to support an immediate and complete U.S. troop pullout from Iraq, saying it is time to "get all our troops out now."

In prepared remarks for a speech at Georgetown University, Richardson said Democratic rivals Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards all have taken a wait-and-see attitude about when to draw down U.S. troops.

"I say there has been enough waiting and seeing," he said. "If you haven't seen enough to know that we need to get all the troops out, then you aren't watching the same war that I and the rest of America are seeing."

The three leading Democratic presidential contenders -- Clinton, Obama and Edwards -- all call for withdrawing troops from Iraq.

He also proposed cuts of $57 billion in "unnecessary Pentagon spending" and said he would stop construction of new nuclear weapons.

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