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Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Vilsack criticizes McCain's call for more troops
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, who is actively seeking the Democratic nomination for president, criticized Monday potential presidential rival Sen. John McCain for advocating a troop increase in Iraq.

In a letter to the Arizona Republican, Vilsack says an increase in troop levels would "make a big mistake even bigger," and lead to increased Iraqi dependence on U.S. troops. Vilsack also urged McCain to focus on "including more countries in the reconstruction effort."

McCain, who has said he will announce his decision on a presidential bid in January, has long advocated increasing troop levels in Iraq. In a CNN poll released Monday, only 11% of those sampled favor sending more troops to Iraq.

-- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
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