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Candidates Tout Views on Iraq, Afghan Troop Levels

Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama campaigned Tuesday in the critical swing state of Ohio and addressed plans for troop levels in Iraq. Judy Woodruff reports on the latest developments from the campaign trail.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Barack Obama was in Riverside, Ohio, today to give what his campaign said was a major address on education reform. But his focus quickly shifted to today's news that President Bush would reduce only slightly the number of U.S. troops in Iraq. Obama said, that plan doesn't go far enough.

    SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL), Presidential Nominee: the fact that you've seen some progress in Iraqi security forces taking on more responsibility, coupled with reductions in violence, and the fact that you've seen Prime Minister Maliki suggest that a time frame is appropriate, means that we should have a comprehensive strategy for bringing this war to a close, and not what we've heard from the president today, which is essentially some tinkering around the edges and kicking the can down the road to the next president.

    You know, at this point what it appears is, is that the next president will inherit a status quo that is still unstable. And what's going to be required is a comprehensive strategy. That's what I have been offering for the last two years.

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