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Amid debate, Clinton seeks close-up view

Published January 13, 2007


WASHINGTON - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and two other lawmakers are headed to Iraq this weekend as Congress debates President Bush's plan to send 21,500 more troops to the country.

Clinton, a Democrat from New York who is considering running for president, is traveling with Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., who had also considered the 2008 race but opted out, and Rep. John McHugh, a Republican from upstate New York.

The three, all members of armed services committees, are to meet with top Iraqi officials and U.S. military commanders. The trip also takes them to Afghanistan.

"It turns out that the timing is propitious because of the president's plans," said Clinton, who opposes Bush's plan.

It's Clinton's third visit to Iraq. She went last in February 2005 with Sen. John McCain, a Republican presidential contender.



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