Vilsack: What Have You Done to End War Today?

By Matthew Zavala

Feb 21, 2007 4:15pm

ABC News’ Tahman Bradley Reports: In a blatant jab at his rivals for the 2008 Democratic nomination serving in U.S. Senate, former Gov. Tom Vilsack, D-Iowa, said he wanted to ask everyone at the first forum gathering White House candidates, "What have you done today to end the war in Iraq?"

Vilsack continued to aggressively engage Sens. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Barack Obama, D-Ill., on the plans to end the war in Iraq.

Clinton has called for troops to be capped at the levels that they were in in January to begin a phased withdraw while Obama has called for U.S. combat troops to be removed by the end of March 2008.

Vilsack said it is a "moral responsibility" for members of Congress who are opposed to President Bush’s troop increase use their constitutional authority to end the war.

The former governor said that the U.S. needs to put troops back in Afghanistan and continue to hunt for Osama Bin Laden. 

On the domestic front, Vilsack presented himself someone who understand the nuances of policy while citing his accomplishments as governor of Iowa, calling for universal healthcare and saying, "Maybe we could make healthcare the priority not the war in Iraq." 

Vilsack also said Social Security has been mismanaged and that more needs to be done to address long term care. 

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