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Republicans against Bush's Iraq plan prefer 'surge' term over 'partisan escalation' language

Published: Thursday January 18, 2007
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Republican senators against President Bush's Iraq plan, still prefer the "surge" term over the more "partisan escalation" language.

"Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine told CNN Thursday that she is working with colleagues on 'both sides of the aisle' to come up with a resolution opposing President Bush's plan to increase troops numbers in Iraq -- after she and other Republicans objected to certain language in a resolution proposed by three other senators," CNN reports.

The resolution, sponsored by Sens. Joe Biden (D-DE), Carl Levin (D-MI), and Chuck Hagel (R-NE), employs the term "escalating" to describe President Bush's "new" plan to beef up US forces in Iraq by 21,000.

"Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Oregon, said the term 'escalating' has become a partisan term used by Democrats," CNN reports.

Smith told the Cable News Network that the term "unnecessarily inflames the resolution."