Clinton Defends Iraq War Funding Vote

Las Vegas (AP) -- Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is defending her vote against an Iraq war funding bill, saying she believes President Bush will begin withdrawing troops from Iraq soon.

The presidential hopeful says she came to that conclusion while watching Bush's news conference last week. In it, he referred to the bipartisan Iraq Study Group Report and its recommendations for the administration.

Campaigning in Nevada, she tells the Associated Press, "he talked about it favorably for the first time I’ve ever heard him talk about it." as she puts it "that was to me a big signal that starting in the fall and toward the end of the year we're going to start seeing troops withdrawn from Iraq."

She says her argument is "why wait?"

The Iraq Study Group warned against sending more troops for long stints in the war zone and initially called for withdrawal by early 2008.

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