October 12th, 2007
08:45 AM ET
15 years ago

Biden, Brownback team up on Iraq

Sen. Sam Brownback will join Sen. Joe Biden in Iowa on Friday to discuss their Iraq plan.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Oscar and Felix of politics? Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, and Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, would be strong contenders for “The Political Odd Couple of the Year Award” – if one existed.

Biden is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, while Brownback is running for the GOP presidential nod. On matters of policy, they don’t share that much in common – except what to do about Iraq.

So, the two presidential hopefuls will meet up in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday to talk about their plan to bring stability to the war torn nation. Specifically, the two senators will discuss their legislation that calls for decentralizing Iraq's federal government and giving more control to local and regional groups. Their amendment passed easily in the Senate last week.

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“Partisan politics must not come in the way of finding a solution to the war in Iraq,” Biden said in a statement. "The overwhelming majority of Americans want us to get our troops out of Iraq as quickly as possible without leaving chaos behind.”

Brownback added, "Joe and I might be running for the nomination of two different parties, but we agree on one thing: the American people want progress in Iraq and this represents a viable way forward to stability and success. Decentralizing power in Iraq offers the best chance for Iraqis to live in a peaceful, united country where they can resolve their differences. It is time to begin the political surge we desperately need to help stabilize Iraq so we can get our troops out of harm's way.”

- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Iowa • Iraq • Joe Biden • Sam Brownback
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. DJ, Los Angeles, CA

    This is much to do with nothing. All that would happen is Iraq would turn into a completely segregrated and isolated peoples with no incentive to maintain any degree of centralized government.

    Let Iraqi's determine their own fate and quit spending my hard-earned tax money paying on corporate welfare for Blackwater security, Halliburton and Oil Monopoly subsidies.

    October 12, 2007 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. William Courtland, Waterford, Ontario

    Cy, Flemington NJ


    Now that was established before the action of arrest against Saddam. So, I hope that permits my life as suicide is against my moral conscience.

    I have never owned an I-pod and would expect a musician to gain only .05 dollars per song when sold to the public or per radio play in a world with that medium, no more than a street performer; just with greater volume, and one is hired for a concert venue.

    Movies in America, I know the back ground of science fiction better than many of the concept writers.

    A computer? I have never purchased one, and do not own the one I type at now, but it is impractical to watch the destruction of the earth, comfortable as an Amish Mennonite.

    Automobiles, I Don't have a license even in a town.

    As for savings accounts, the Idea of that verses the 401k is the stock market removed from the distribution cycle creates inflation and those with a 401k ride inflation to make currency, so rob the government treasury.

    Television is the easiest method of learning, it holding audio, text, and visual elements.
    Coca-cola is meant to have cocaine in it for preventing special dysphasia of the inner ear on long duration space missions-over five years. Otherwise carbonated phosphoric acid works well on whole oats cereal.

    Alcohol is used in the cooking process and helps clean and destroy the cell wall of meats to dissolve the ribonucleic acids and other enzymes in attempts to better chemically break down what is to be digested before it is ingested, so making it safer to ingest.

    I really only eat Cheese and drink Apple juice as a regular staple, and have not visited a fast food restaurant since requiring withdrawals from that protein bank in High-school.

    I would prefer either a high rise with all the amenities in the basement, or a greater down town of select product groups with informed merchants.

    I would live in a hut, but trespassing laws and the right to take from the earth what I require is also hindered by general society.


    I Really just got frustrated with the fact that the entire political system seems to have disintegrated and in Iraq the only thing anyone can be guaranteed is the freedom to seek one's leave of a method of society in both religion and government. The corporation is not a bad idea, but I do believe in the populist-union method in corporate regards.

    Hello and Have a good day.

    October 14, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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