"I am sure he (Bush) is going to have a plan to get us out of Iraq," Tad Devine, a senior adviser to Kerry, said.
However, Steve Schmidt, a spokesman for the Bush-Cheney campaign, said, "The president has made clear that politics does not inform his decision-making as regards the war on terror."
On several occasions, Bush has vowed the country would not "cut and run," once referring to his father's leadership record in the 1991 Gulf War.
Raising the exit strategy issue reinforces the national sense of anxiety about Bush's venture in Iraq, the newspaper said. Mark Mellman, Kerry's chief pollster, said people would not vote on "policies or plans" for Iraq but more generally on the sense of "success or failure."