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Dean says Democrats united behind Warner/Levin resolution
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean brushed aside a suggestion that Democrats were split on the bipartisan Senate resolution condemning the Iraq troop increase in Iraq, and told CNN Thursday the measure will send a strong message to the White House.

"You're going to see a unified vote, I think you're going to see unified Democrats," Dean told CNN's Wolf Blitzer about the party's support of the compromise resolution sponsored by Sens. John Warner, R-Virginia, and Carl Levin, D-Michigan.

Dean also said the new bipartisan resolution is not a weaker version of the one originally supported by Levin, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, and Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Nebraska.

"The resolution is not watered down," Dean said. "They changed a few words; I think this is a very smart move on the part of Harry Reid. If we can get significant numbers of Republicans to repudiate the Republican president's policy, which is about to -- about what's about to happen, then I think that's very, very positive."

Two Democrats -- Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut and Sen. Russ Feingold if Wisconsin have come out against the resolution, saying it does not go far enough in affecting a change in policy.

-- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
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