Candidate Dodd blasts Bush's policies on Iraq
Barack Obama
Presidential candidate, Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., speaks to a crowd of about 60 people at The Governor's Inn in Rochester on Sunday morning. Dodd is accompanied by U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H.
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ROCHESTER Democratic presidential hopeful Chris Dodd didn't have to travel far from his bed to his microphone Sunday and once there, he eschewed the coffee talk for more serious issues, Iraq and the environment.

Rising from his room at the Governor's Inn, the five-term Connecticut senator made his way downstairs for a Sunday morning meet-and-greet with Democratic U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter.

Shea-Porter stepped back and let Dodd do most of the talking during the hour-long event. He said the Iraq situation is a crisis with only one solution.

"In Iraq, the answer to me is very simple: It's time, long overdue, that we get out of Iraq militarily," said Dodd.

The senator blasted the Bush administration, calling Bush's claims of support for the troops hypocritical and criticizing the way the president has managed the war.

"If you cared that much about them, you wouldn't have us stay in Iraq and you would be doing a lot better job at Walter Reed, and you would be seeing to it that veterans would be getting the kind of help and support they ought to be getting," he said.

If elected, Dodd said, he would set a timetable for troop withdrawal from Iraq and increase diplomatic efforts to strengthen America's alliances.

Dodd also outlined his energy plan and how it would help clean up the environment. Dodd said he plans to tax corporations based on their carbon-based emissions to fund research on renewable-energy technologies.

He admitted it's not the best solution, but said it's the only plan with a chance of success.

"What would you rather do, tax and get 50 billion or continue year in and year out to be subsidizing countries that do not have our best interest at heart?" asked Dodd.

Dodd also touched upon a plan for mandatory community service, and one to improve the country's health-care system.

Dodd will spend the next week campaigning in Iowa.