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Senate leader: Bush in 'state of denial' over Iraq

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Bush is "in denial" about Iraq.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush is in a "state of denial" over the war in Iraq and must listen to the majority of Americans who want U.S. combat troops to leave, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday.

Reid, D-Nevada, laid out a Democratic plan for what he called a "responsible, strategically driven redeployment" of most American troops as part of a long-term strategy he said would have a better chance of leaving behind a stable, democratic Iraq than Bush's ongoing deployment of more soldiers and Marines.

He said Congress should give Iraqis "tangible, measurable and achievable benchmarks" to meet, and demand a regional conference with Iraq's neighbors to help settle the conflict.

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