What Matters to You? The War in Iraq

The Viewers and candidates weigh in on the war in Iraq
January 17, 2008 9:24:41 AM PST
Eyewitness News is asking viewers to weigh in on what matters in this pivotal election year, and viewers are responding. They're e-mailing their thoughts on the key issues of the 2008 presidential race, and telling us what will drive their decisions on how to vote this fall.Here, we share what people have to tell us about the war in Iraq: Their thoughts on how the war and the candidate's stances will affect their vote. And we link you to exactly what the candidates have to say about the conflict and how they would deal with it if they are elected president.

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Viewer E-mails

Angel Revell:The war in Iraq is most important. It's time to bring our troops home. It's also time for change. America is tired of politicans like Giuliani, who relates every answer to 9/11. What a fraud? or Clinton who flip flops on every issue. The time for change has come. No longer will the American people be taken for fools.

Liz: It is hard to decide which candidate to choose as I don't trust they will do what they saw however the first and foremost thing I would like to see done is to pull our troops out of Iraq. My son is a United States Marine and is in Iraq doing his second tour. On his first tour he was shot, thankfully he is Ok however my feeling is the people of Iraq seem to have been fighting amongst themselves for centuries and when and if we finally do leave they will return to doing the same thing. We are spending billions of dollars for a country that doesn't seem to want to help itself. I think to money could be better spent on American people who are hungry and need heat in the winter. Bring our Military home.

Pat Kollar:I think it is about time this mess finally ends. Too many young soldiers are losing their lives and the ones that come back are not the same. I think that politicians need to speak with people that have been there and know the situation first hand.

Iraq: Where the Candidates Stand:
What the candidates say they would do about the war in Iraq varies widely. Several say it's time for U.S. troops to come home, but at least one candidate says withdrawing now would cause serious harm to both Iraq and the United States. Some have set out a timetable for U.S. withdrawl, others call that inappropriate. Here are links to exactly what the candidates have to say about the war on their web sites.
  • Hillary Clinton
  • John Edwards
  • Rudy Giuliani
  • Mike Gravel
  • Mike Huckabee
  • Duncan Hunter
  • Alan Keyes
  • Dennis Kucinich
  • John McCain
  • Barack Obama
  • Ron Paul
  • Mitt Romney
  • Fred Thompson