Brownback, Biden Discus Iraq Plan at Unprecedented Joint Campaign Event

The two candidates, despite running in different parties, unite on common ground

DES MOINES – Republican Senator Sam Brownback and Democratic Senator Joe Biden today outlined their vision for Iraq with a bipartisan plan that can unite all Americans.

After the event, Senators Biden and Brownback recorded a short video explaining why they came together at the historic joint appearance in Des Moines:

"Americans want to see their leaders solve problems, and Joe and I have come together with a bipartisan plan for perhaps the greatest challenge facing our nation today, the crisis in Iraq," said Senator Brownback. "We should implement a political surge that promotes a federal Iraq, where Sunnis, Shia and Kurds manage their own affairs within a unified state. A political solution is the key to reducing threats to our forces and bringing about stability that will allow us to bring our forces home."

Although Senator Brownback has mentioned his plan to President Bush on several occasions, on October 1st both senators sent a formal letter to the president asking for a meeting to discuss their plan.

On October 3rd, Senator Brownback met with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, who endorsed the plan. Senator Brownback has received letters of support from Masoud Barzani and Nechirvan Barzani, the president and prime minister, respectively, of the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq.

On September 26th, a bipartisan majority of the Senate voted 75 to 23 to support the Biden-Brownback Amendment, the only Iraq-related policy plan the Senate has adopted this year.

Today the Wichita Eagle praised Senators Biden and Brownback for their bipartisan leadership:

"In a presidential campaign largely devoid of new ideas on Iraq, candidates Biden and Brownback have offered a bold, serious proposal for achieving political reconciliation--not just in Iraq but at home, too. ... Biden and Brownback deserve credit for rejecting the failed status quo in Iraq and highlighting the need for a political solution. In an Iraq debate bogged down along partisan lines, they are showing that Democrats and Republicans can work together to find common ground."

(Editorial, Randy Scholfield, Wichita Eagle, 10/12/07)