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Question: Asked about ending the war immediately by cutting off funding–simply not appropriating any more money for the war.

Answer: He responded “you’ve got to have the votes, and we don’t.” He twice referred to the 67 Senate votes which would be needed to override a presidential veto. “We have to keep the pressure on the president by sending him this bill [the one with timetable attached] again and again and again. And the American people have to keep the pressure on the senators who voted against this bill, until there’s nothing they can do except say: “the jig is up with this war.” He dodged the question of not authorizing further funds, which would only take a simple majority.
In discussing his priorities, including health care and education, he reiterated his position on nuclear weapons:”Why do we need upgraded nuclear weapons, new nuclear weapons. We should be reducing our nuclear arms, not building new ones.”

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Statement: “Everyone agrees…that there’s no military solution to Iraq, including the President. Everyone acknowledges the need for a political solution. And many of my colleagues have offered ideas… just capping troops or cutting troops, or removing troops, but none of them offered a political alternative. To be responsible, one has to be able to answer a two-word question in my view after you’ve put forward what you think should be done, and that is: Then what? After we pull our troops out, then what? After we cap troops, then what? After we cut partial funding, then what? Well, I put forward a political solution that’s been referred to as the Biden-Gelb plan. And it’s totally consistent with the Iraqi constitution.”

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Question: Biden was asked if he would reduce our nuclear weapons stockpile from ten thousand to one thousand.

Answer: Biden replied that he would.

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Question: Biden was asked if he would continue to develop and build nuclear weapons, especially the Reliable Replacement Warhead.

Answer: Biden replied that he is opposed to any new nuclear weapons systems including the missile defense system and stated that reducing the arsenal would save billions.

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Statement: Biden said he favors ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and that he is “unalterably opposed” to production of new nuclear weapons. He implied he supports lab-based testing and also made a vague reference to supporting an amendment to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Biden went over key points of his plan: a decentralized, federal Iraqi state, consistent with the Iraqi constitution. “The war in Iraq has been a failure,” he said, with U.S. troops now acting as “apartheid cops.” There is no military solution to the “sectarian cycle of vengeance and revenge,” he said. Biden favors a “phased redeployment” in 2008, with a residual force left in Iraq to provide training and to prevent Al Qaeda from establishing a base there.

Vigorous diplomacy, including an international conference with participation of neighboring countries and all major Iraqi factions. Biden said it would be a mistake for Congress to cut off funds. Believes responsibility lies with the President. Said there would be no “peace dividend” from an Iraq pull-out because U.S. military forces need to be strengthened.

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Biden in Antrim, NH

Statement: Speaking at a house party, Biden cited his 5-point plan for a loose confederation of the geographic sections and ethnic factions. Did not explain the role the U.S. military would have in implementing such a plan. He did say the U.S. people were ready for change.

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Statement: Biden said he favors ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and that he is “unalterably opposed” to production of new nuclear weapons. He implied he supports lab-based testing and also made a vague reference to supporting an amendment to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Biden went over key points of his plan: a decentralized, federal Iraqi state, consistent with the Iraqi constitution. “The war in Iraq has been a failure,” he said, with U.S. troops now acting as “apartheid cops.” There is no military solution to the “sectarian cycle of vengeance and revenge,” he said. Biden favors a “phased redeployment” in 2008, with a residual force left in Iraq to provide training and to prevent Al Qaeda from establishing a base there.

Vigorous diplomacy, including an international conference with participation of neighboring countries and all major Iraqi factions. Biden said it would be a mistake for Congress to cut off funds. Believes responsibility lies with the President. Said there would be no “peace dividend” from an Iraq pull-out because U.S. military forces need to be strengthened.

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