Gravel spoke at the Take Back America conference Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Entering the stage to a chorus of "power to the people," former Sen. Mike Gravel told a gathering of progressive activists he wanted to see stronger leadership on the war from Democrats in Congress.
"People are dying and we do nothing about it. We do nothing about it," he said to cheers at the "Take Back America" conference in Washington.
Gravel said the reason Democrats were so successful in 2006 had more to do with the fact that Republicans were so "lousy" and less to do with the vision his party offered.
He called on Democrats to "establish" a record of "leadership" on the war in the next 18 months. If they don't he said, the party "may not deserve" to take back the White House and hold onto Congress in 2008.
- CNN Senior Political Producer Sasha Johnson