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Obama Considering Iraq Visit

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Barack Obama is considering his first visit to
Iraq since becoming a presidential candidate.
Revealing his plans to The New York Times, he declined John
McCain's offer of a joint trip saying he doesn't "want to be
involved in a political stunt."
Obama says the trip would be to talk with troops and commanders
and not "to try to score political points."
Obama's campaign has been considering an overseas trip since
last year to beef up his foreign policy credentials. But the
extended fight for the Democratic nomination with Hillary Rodham
Clinton has delayed those plans.
Meanwhile, the GOP has launched an online clock to count the
days since the Democratic candidate last visited Iraq in 2006.
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