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Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Hagel says America needs Iraq exit strategy
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel announced Monday he will not support a GOP amendment to the Iraq war supplemental bill that strips the measure of a withdrawal deadline of U.S. forces from Iraq, saying America needs an "honorable and responsible exit strategy."

"The cost of combat in Iraq in terms of American lives, dollars, and world standing has been devastating for our country," Hagel said on the Senate floor Tuesday. "The American people are demanding that we develop a bipartisan consensus for an honorable and responsible exit strategy from Iraq." (Watch video: Hagel says U.S. needs an exit strategy)

If we fail to build a bipartisan foundation for an exit strategy, America will pay a high price for this blunder, one that we will have difficulty recovering from in the years ahead," he added.

The final Senate vote was 50-48.

-- CNN's Alexander Mooney and KD Fabian
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