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Virtual Town Hall
Meeting on Iraq

MoveOn.org will host a series of "virtual town hall meetings" this year with the candidates for president. The first one, on April 10, focused on the war in Iraq. Progressives gathered in over 1,000 living rooms, bars, libraries and back yards to hear from 7 Democratic contenders (map of events). This summer, we'll hold two more Town Halls, on health care and global warming.


See What the Candidates Said

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Sen. John Edwards

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MoveOn Member Question:
"What are you going to do about prosecuting war profiteering in Iraq?"
C. Davey Utter, Retired NBC Broadcaster, Venice, CA

Sen. Joe Biden

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MoveOn Member Question:
"What is your position on the permanent army bases and the huge embassy building being built in Iraq in view of the administration's constant assertion that the U.S. is not planning to stay in Iraq permanently?"
—Jerome Zornesky, Professor, Ridgewood, NJ

Rep. Dennis Kucinich

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MoveOn Member Question:
"In tandem with bringing American men and women home, out of the combat in Iraq, what diplomatic and humanitarian steps would you take to help the Iraqi people with the tremendous day-to-day difficulties they face?"
—Jana Argersinger, Editor of Scholarly Journals, Moscow, ID

Gov. Bill Richardson

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MoveOn Member Question:
It appears that stopping the funding for the war is the only way to stop the war. Are you for or against stopping the funding and why?
—Dave Conlon, Landlord, Carrollton, VA

Sen. Hillary Clinton

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MoveOn Member Question:
You have recently said that you envision a continuing presence in Iraq to protect vital American interests. I would like to know specifically what that means: Will there be troops on the ground? Will they be in the cities or in bases? How many troops do you think it will take? What do you expect them to be doing? Exactly what vital interests are they going be there to protect, and how will they protect them? Finally, How long do you think it will be necessary for them to be there doing that?
—Bob Hackney, Father, Queen Creek, AZ

Sen. Chris Dodd

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MoveOn Member Question:
The Bush administration is quietly pushing the Iraqi government to install a legally binding proposition that the major oil companies, for example ExxonMobil, British Petroleum and others, be granted the rights to approximately 70% of all oil and natural gas existing underground in Iraq. Where do you stand on who should own Iraqi oil, its production and refinement, and how do you think this administration's position is affecting its stay-the-course stance on the Iraq war?
—Oscar R Michael, Retired Salesperson, Prichard, WV

Sen. Barack Obama

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MoveOn Member Question:
The Bush administration's obstinate refusal to diplomatically engage parties such as Syria and Iran has clearly done nothing but harm the United States' interests in the Middle East. How would you include these countries in the effort toward establishing a stable, responsible, and non-hostile government in Iraq?
—Alex Landry, Reference Librarian, Alexandria, VA

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