Colorado GOP Congressman Endorses Obama Iraq Plan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Colorado Republican congressman Mike Coffman says he supports President Barack Obama's plan to end combat operations in Iraq next year and to withdraw all troops by the end of 2011.

Coffman said Friday the plan is flexible and represents a "sound reversal" of the president's campaign promises.

Coffman says former President George W. Bush's decision to send an additional 17,000 troops to Iraq in 2007 paid off and makes it possible for the U.S. to withdraw.

Coffman is an Iraq war veteran. He spent six months there in 2005-06 as a civil affairs officer with the Marines.

He is a first-term congressman representing the south Denver suburbs.

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

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