(John Edwards suspended his race for the Democratic nomination on Jan. 30, following coming in third place in three contests, including his home state of South Carolina.)
This war needs to be brought to an end. Combat troops should be removed from inside Iraq because they have a target on their forehead and because it continues the perception that America is occupying Iraq. Instead, quick reactive troops should be stationed outside of Iraq, probably in Kuwait, that would be focused to move in on Al Qaida forces, not general terrorist activity. We should remove 40,000 to 50,000 combat troops from Iraq immediately and make a complete withdrawal in nine to 10 months. We should leave behind a brigade of 3,500 to 5,000 troops to protect the U.S. embassy and possibly a few hundred troops to protect humanitarian workers.
Edwards' campaign Web site: Plan To End The War In Iraq
Read more of Edwards' plan to end the war in Iraq.
YouTube video: Meet the Press, October, 2007
John Edwards discusses how he will end the war in Iraq on Meet the Press. Oct 2007
— Las Vegas Sun new media managing editor Dave Toplikar contributed to this report.