Iowa State Senate Sends Message to Presidential Candidates on Iraq

A resolution condemning the President's proposed escalation in Iraq sailed through the Iowa State Senate, sending a powerful message to Presidential candidates preparing for the critical early caucus. The resolution praises the troops courage, while criticizing President's handling of the war. The resolution goes on to urge Congressional leaders, many who have already declared their candidacy for President, to intervene in the proposed escalation.

Iowa Senate President Jack Kibbie, a Korean War veteran, floor managed the resolution. Senator Kibbie's powerful remarks can be found here.

Similar resolutions have passed in the Vermont State House and California State Senate and more than 80 legislators in Maryland have signed a letter to the same effect, bringing the tally of states addressing the proposed "surge" to 23.

Anyone planning on running for President can be considered put on notice that prolonging, let alone escalating, this war does not hold water with Iowans.

The Iowa resolution is part of a larger nationwide campaign against the escalation organized by the Progressive States Network and coordinated with Women Legislators' Lobby, True Majority and Americans against Escalation in Iraq, a group comprised of US Action, Service Employers International Union (SEIU), Win Without War, Vote Vets, Center for American Progress, Campaign for America's Future, MoveOn, and United States Student Association.

Who will be the first presidential candidate to endorse the Iowa resolution?

States with Resolutions

1.Arizona
2.California (passed Senate)
3.Colorado
4.Connecticut
5.Georgia
6.Iowa
7.Kansas
8.Maine
9.Maryland (letter sent)
10.Massachusetts
11.Minnesota
12.Missouri
13.Montana
14.New Jersey
15.New York
16.North Dakota
17.Oklahoma
18.Oregon
19.Rhode Island
20.Texas
21.Vermont (passed House)
22.Washington
23.West Virginia