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Three states, one country
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. Senators and opposing party presidential candidates Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, and Joe Biden, D-Delaware, don't see eye to eye much, but they do agree on at least one thing: the need for a decentralized government in Iraq.

"I've been pushing a three-state, one-country solution, where you have a Sunni region, a Shia region, and a Kurdish state that already exists, within a weak federation," Brownback said in tonight's debate.

In the April 26 Democratic debate, Biden said, "You've got to decentralize Iraq. You've got to give the regions control over their own destiny, get them control over their police forces, their own identity, and have a limited central government and share their oil wealth."

Last Thursday's Kansas City Star called Biden and Brownback "unlikely allies on Iraq."

-- CNN Associate Producer Stephen Bach
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