John Edwards Urges Congress to Stand Firm on Iraq Troop Withdrawal Timetable

Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards said former CIA Director George Tenet's memoir regarding the buildup to the Iraq war shows that Congress must press its demand for a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops.

"It's just further evidence of how strong the Congress needs to be in standing up to President Bush," Edwards told The Associated Press on Monday.

Tenet writes in his new book, "At the Center of the Storm," that Vice President Dick Cheney and other administration officials pushed for the U.S. to invade Iraq without a "serious debate" about whether Saddam Hussein was an imminent threat. The book was officially released Monday.

President Bush said Monday that he wants to work with Democrats on compromise legislation to fund the Iraq war even though he promised to veto a funding bill that also sets an October timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops.

Edwards, who was the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2004, urged Democrats not to give in.

"If he vetoes it and if we don't have enough votes to override the veto, then we need to submit another bill to him with a timetable for withdrawal and continue to do that until he's forced to start withdrawing troops from Iraq," the former North Carolina senator said.

Edwards, who voted for the initial invasion of Iraq, has since called his vote a mistake and apologized for it.

Edwards was to participate in a town hall meeting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Monday, after attending a fundraiser Sunday in Reno.