Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the following statement today in response to the President’s remarks this afternoon:
“Like the American people, Democrats know that we urgently need a change of course in Iraq as political progress – the primary goal of the surge – remains out of reach. It is a failure of leadership when our President calls 2007 ‘incredibly successful beyond anybody’s expectations’ when the Iraqi government has done so little to achieve stability and it has been the most lethal year yet for American troops.
“Our nation faces great challenges at home and abroad. We need more clear-eyed and realistic assessments – and more willingness to work toward solutions.
“The Administration must work with Congress to strengthen the middle class and address the economic problems facing American families. We urge the President to join us as we address rising prices for everything from health care to gas to college tuition.”