HANOVER, New Hampshire (AP) -- The leading Democratic White House hopefuls conceded Wednesday night they cannot guarantee to pull all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by the end of the next presidential term in 2013.
The candidates have vied with increasing intensity for the support of anti-war voters.
"I think it's hard to project four years from now," said Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois in the opening moments of a campaign debate in the nation's first primary state.
"It is very difficult to know what we're going to be inheriting," added Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.
"I cannot make that commitment," said former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina.
Sensing an opening, Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson provided the assurances the others would not.
"I'll get the job done," said Dodd, while Richardson said he would make sure the troops were home by the end of his first year in office.
Finally the Dems are waking up. The responsible Politicians (doesnt matter which party) know that we cant just pack up and leave. The power vacum that would be left behind would be devastating to us in years to come (ie more terrorists). The little thing I like to throw out there that no Dem (and suprisingly no Republican either) has mentioned Bosnia, Bill Clinton said in Oct 95 that we are going in for one year and one year only now 12 years later were still there. I am waiting to see that brought up