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Pelosi: Democrats want Iraq transition

May 8, 2006 at 3:49 AM

WASHINGTON, May 8 (UPI) -- Interviewed on NBC's "Meet the Press," Rep. Nancy Pelosi has said the Democrats were united around the principle of significant transition in Iraq in 2006.

Host Tim Russert quoted a story in USA Today from December 2005: "House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi switched gears and embraced a call to bring an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq."

Russert called the story striking because when Pelosi, a California Democrat, was interviewed on his program in May 2004, she stated that the United States should "stay to stabilize Iraq."

Pelosi said her opinion had changed, based on "some very expert advice" from Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Pa., who has 35 years of experience in national security.

"I believe that we need a better plan," Pelosi told Russert.

"What our Democratic position is, and our real security agenda, is that 2006 must be a year of significant transition in Iraq," she said. "And, again, that we must have a plan that is worthy of these troops and their sacrifice -- and the sacrifice of the American people."

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