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Dean: Democrats will honor need for change in Iraq

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The overwhelming election victories for Democrats shows the strong desire of citizens for a different course in Iraq and the war on terror, the Democratic National Committee chairman said Saturday, as Americans celebrated Veterans Day.

"Today our nation honors the sacrifices of our veterans who have honorably served and protected our nation," said Howard Dean in the Democrats' weekly radio address.

"We also honor the sacrifices of their families and our brave troops who are serving around the world, including those in Iraq and Afghanistan."

"Voters also made it clear that they want defense policies that are tough and smart. ... We will listen to the military, take their advice, and ensure that our troops and agencies have the tools and equipment they need to defend our freedom," he said. (Watch Dean talk about 'tough and smart' Democratic goals -- 3:30)

Several Democratic military veterans were among those elected, Dean said. Among them were Jim Webb of Virginia; Tim Walz of Minnesota; Phil Hare of Illinois; and retired Adm. Joe Sestak, Patrick Murphy and Chris Carney of Pennsylvania.

Veterans Day celebrates the armistice that ended World War I in 1918.

"Over the next two years, Democrats will lead with unified agenda that restores hope and opportunity, competence and responsibility," Dean said.

To better protect the nation, Democrats are committed, he said, to implementing the recommendations of the independent, bipartisan 9/11 commission.

He also repeated other goals of Democrats, including raising the minimum wage, cutting interest rates on student loans, and working for energy independence.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean gives a radio interview in Washington last month.



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