EDWARDS STEPS UP….John Edwards says he plans to vote against President Bush’s $87 billion budget request for postwar Iraq:

In a conference call with reporters, Edwards said that Bush’s policy there had failed and that he would oppose the aid request to pressure Bush to change course.

….Edwards said he did not want the United States to withdraw from Iraq, but believed that a congressional vote denying Bush the funds would compel the administration to develop a new reconstruction plan that provided a larger role to the United Nations and ensured that the rebuilding “will not be exploited as a means to give sweetheart deals to [the president’s] friends.”


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