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Published September 04, 2010, 12:20 AM

Democratic Senate hopeful: Cut defense, withdraw troops

BISMARCK – North Dakota Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tracy Potter says large cutbacks in the size of America’s military forces is necessary to reduce federal spending.

By: Associated Press, INFORUM

BISMARCK – North Dakota Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tracy Potter says large cutbacks in the size of America’s military forces is necessary to reduce federal spending.

Potter said the reductions should not mean closing one or both of the state’s two U.S. Air Force bases.

Potter is opposing Republican John Hoeven for the North Dakota Senate seat being left by Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan at year’s end.

At a news conference on Friday, Potter said America should close down its large military bases overseas and bring the troops home. He says American soldiers should leave Iraq and Afghanistan as soon as it’s practical to do so.

Hoeven said U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan should return when those countries’ soldiers can maintain stability on their own.


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