WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, told CNN's Dana Bash Wednesday Congress needs to send President Bush a "clear message" that change is needed in Iraq. But the Illinois Democrat, who is seeking his party’s presidential nomination, appears wary of voting for any Senate bill that does not include a deadline for withdrawal.
"You know we are going to have to evaluate what's available - but it appears clear to me that the president is not willing to compromise short of Congress forcing him to accept a shorter time table, and absent that we are essentially engaging in a bunch of symbolic action there," he said.
Senate Democrats seemingly do not have the votes to pass a bill that includes a specific withdrawal timetable and are currently looking for a compromise with Republicans.
Obama is scheduled to lay out his plan for Iraq Wednesday afternoon during a speech in Iowa where he will say that U.S. troops should begin to withdraw immediately.