CNN's John Roberts talked with John Edwards about Barack Obama opposition to the surge of troops in Iraq.


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ROBERTS: Let me ask you about Iraq. You said and you made a very, very strong point about this during the primary campaign and during all of the debates leading up to it, you said your vote for the iraq war was a mistake. You thought it was very important to own the responsibility for that. On his current tour of Afghanistan, Iraq and the Middle East and Europe, Senator Obama says that if he had it to do all over again, he would still vote against the surge. Many of his critics including Senator John McCain are saying he was wrong about the surge and refuses to admit it. Based on this idea you had about taking responsibility, do you think he was wrong about the surge and should he own up to it if, indeed, you do think he was wrong?

EDWARDS: No, I don't think he was wrong. It was my position also. We had exactly the same position about that. I think what we have seen in Iraq with the surge is certainly some effect on violence on the ground, no question about that. Everyone is happy about that. It is obvious it occurred. But what we have all said, those of us who believe the war needs to be brought to an end, is there cannot be a solution in Iraq without serious movement to a political compromise. Without that happening, there can't be stability and can't be a solution in Iraq and while we continue to press for that, it is just not happening. So I think Senator Obama is -- first of all, I'm glad he went to Iraq, I think it is a good thing. I think he was well received by both Americans and Iraqis there and I think what both his vote and what he's saying now about Iraq makes a great deal of sense.

This video is from CNN's American Morning, broadcast July 24, 2008.


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