Voinovich called for a change in Iraq policy Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Less than 24 hours after Indiana Republican Sen. Dick Lugar broke ranks with the president and urged a change of course in Iraq, fellow GOP Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio has followed suit.
In a letter to President Bush Tuesday, Voinovich writes, "We must begin to develop a comprehensive plan for our country’s gradual military disengagement from Iraq and a corresponding increase in responsibility to the Iraqi government and its regional neighbors."
"Though it may seem contradictory, I believe we can accomplish more in Iraq by gradually and responsibly reducing our forces and focusing on a robust strategy of international cooperation and coordinated foreign aid," he added.
Both Voinovich and Lugar are members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and have, until now, supported the president's policy in Iraq.
In a speech on the Senate floor Monday night, Lugar said, "The costs and risks of continuing down the current path outweigh the potential benefits that might be achieved. Persisting indefinitely with the 'surge' strategy will delay policy adjustments that have a better chance of protecting our vital interests in the long term."
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney