Edwards had strong words for Sen. Hillary Clinton's stand on Iraq.
(CNN)–Calling her plans "a continuation of the war," former North Carolina senator John Edwards sought to draw a sharp distinction between his plan for Iraq, and that of the Democratic front-runner, Sen. Hillary Clinton , D-New York.
"I am not for maintaining combat troops inside Iraq for a lot of reasons," the Democratic presidential hopeful told NBC's Tim Russert on Sunday. "I think number one, they'll have a target on their forehead while they're there. Number two, it continues the impression that America is occupying Iraq."
"What I would do instead is outside of Iraq, probably in Kuwait, maintain a quick reaction force," Edwards said. "And that quick reaction force would be focused on the possibility of Al Qaeda operations."
Edwards said he has a problem with what he has heard from Clinton, and some of his other rivals for the nomination, when they talk about maintaining combat troops in Iraq to focus on anti-terrorism operations. "That's very similar to what President Bush says. Its very hard to understand where that ends, where the limits are."
Edwards made the comments via satellite from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was scheduled to campaign in Iowa on Sunday.
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