Sen Dodd Campaign Highlights Iraq Distinctions in New Web Video

WASHINGTON - The Dodd Campaign today released a web video highlighting a fundamental difference between the candidates on Iraq. The video, which includes footage of the last Democratic Presidential Debate, compares the refusal of Sens. Clinton, Edwards and Obama's unwillingness to commit to remove all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of their first term as President to Senator Dodd's unequivocal position that he would remove U.S. troops by 2013. Last month, Dodd was the only candidate in the Senate to vote against a proposal that didn't cut off funding, because he refuses to accept anything less that a firm deadline tied to funding so that we can begin the redeployment of our troops out of Iraq. Earlier in the day, Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio endorsed Dodd's candidacy citing his leadership and clarity on the Iraq issue.

The video can be viewed here and the full script is below.

Text: Some would have you believe that there is no difference between the candidates in the Democratic primary on Iraq.

Text: But there is one real and fundamental difference

Text: Des Moines Register "â?¦the leading candidatesâ?¦appear to be in no big hurry to get out. [They] all declined in last week's debate to say they'd have U.S. troops out of Iraq by the end of their first term - in 2013."

Tim Russert: Will you pledge that by January 2013, the end of your first term, more than five years from now, there will be no U.S. troops in Iraq?

Barack Obama: I don't want to make promises not knowing what the situation is gonna be three or four years out.

Hillary Clinton: I agree with Barack. It is very difficult to know what we're going to be inheriting.

John Edwards: I cannot make that commitment.

Text: Des Moines Register: "â?¦it's clear the three front-runners are hedging their betsâ?¦refusing to get pinned down on a key question..."

Text: One candidate is clear on this issue

Tim Russert: Will you pledge that by January 2013, the end of your first term, more than five years from now, there will be no U.S. troops in Iraq?

Chris Dodd: I will get that done.

Tim Russert; You will get that done?

Chris Dodd: Yes I will sir.

Text: Only Chris Dodd is offering the clarity, conviction and leadership needed to get the job done and end this war.

Text: Chris Dodd: Results, for a change.