Obama Focuses On War In Iowa Visit

Council Bluffs, Iowa (AP) -- Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama says it'll be difficult to make progress on important domestic issues until the Iraq war has ended.

The Illinois Senator says most Democratic candidates have similar goals on health care, education and other concerns, with differences only in the details.

Obama spoke to about 2,000 people Saturday at a town hall-style meeting in Council Bluffs, Iowa. It's the start of a two-day trip to heavily Republican western Iowa.

Obama drew the loudest applause when he emphasized his opposition to the war. He said the war "should never have been authorized and should never have been waged." As he put it, "it's a war that's left us less safe and damaged our standing in the world and it's a war we need to end."

Obama said he is pushing legislation for a gradual troop withdrawal.

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