Wednesday, August 09, 2006
White House: Lieberman loss means Dems raising 'white flag'
CRAWFORD, Texas (CNN) -- The White House on Wednesday used Sen. Joseph Lieberman's loss in Connecticut's Democratic primary to blast opposition to the war in Iraq, saying national Democrats are "walking away" from the conflict.

Snow said President Bush was not commenting on the primary results and would not aid Lieberman's independent bid. But he said the race indicated Democrats are ready to raise a "white flag" in the war in Iraq.

The staunchly pro-war Lieberman lost the state's Senate primary Tuesday to anti-war challenger Ned Lamont in a race that turned largely on his support for the increasingly unpopular conflict. Lieberman, who has chastised fellow Democrats for criticizing Bush's handling of the three-year-old war, said he will run as an independent in November. (Full story)

Snow said a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, as Lamont has called for, "would
send not only a sign of weakness, but also of American unreliability, and it
would enable forces of oppression and totalitarianism to rise again within Iraq and elsewhere."
Posted By CNN's Washington Bureau: 8/09/2006 03:50:00 PM ET | Permalink
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