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Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Hunter calls for Reid to step down over 'war is lost' remarks

Hunter said Wednesday he thinks Sen. Reid should step down as the Senate majority leader.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Rep. Duncan Hunter called Wednesday for Sen. Harry Reid to resign his post as Senate majority leader over remarks that the senator made last week that the war in Iraq "is lost" if the United States continues on its current policy.

Hunter, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, is the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee.

"In my opinion Sen. Reid, having made that statement, which can only have a demoralizing effect on our troops and an effect of encouragement of the adversary, I think it would be appropriate for Sen. Reid to resign his position as the leader of the United States Senate," he said.

Reid made his remarks Thursday, prompting an angry backlash from Republicans.
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