Some Leading GOPs Embrace Obama Pullout Plan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Some Republicans are sounding more enthusiastic than some Democrats about President Barack Obama's troop withdrawal plan for Iraq.

House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio says Obama is offering a "responsible approach" that allows him to "reconsider troop levels and to respond to changes in the security environment" in Iraq.

John McCain is also endorsing the plan, saying it's "significantly different" than the one Obama offered during the campaign.

But Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid says he's looking forward to talking to Obama about the plan. Reid says he didn't expect Obama to leave so many troops -- 50,000 -- in Iraq after the combat forces leave.

And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the troops that are left behind will need to have "clearly defined" missions, so that the number of those troops can be "as small as possible."

Still, she says the announcement is good news because it means an end to the war.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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