MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa – Democratic White House hopeful Hillary Clinton launched a petition on her presidential campaign Web site on Tuesday urging President Bush not to veto "the will of the American people" to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq.
"The president has said he will veto that and I challenge him to reconsider that. You know this is vetoing the will of American people," Clinton said at a campaign event in Iowa.
Clinton's online petition calls on supporters to "join Hillary in telling him (Bush) to listen to the will of the people and to Congress, withdraw his veto threat, and begin phased deployment of the troops out of Iraq."
Bush called on Congress Tuesday to stop stalling and approve funding for the war in Iraq instead of debating differences "at the expense of our troops."
"Instead of passing clean bills that fund our troops on the front lines, the House and Senate have spent this time debating bills that undercut the troops," Bush said from the White House Rose Garden.
Clinton urged Bush to work with Democrats.
"Mr. President, please work with us. Don't veto the will of the American people. Let's get together and see if we can work out an approach that will make it safe and expeditious for us to begin to bring our troops home," Clinton said.
Clinton said she supports a phased withdrawal of U.S. troops and it's time to bring them home.
"It is time for us to get them out of the middle of this sectarian civil war and it's time for the president and the vice president to quit impugning the patriotism of people who don't agree with them," Clinton said.
Clinton had breakfast with former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack and his wife, Christie, at their Mount Pleasant, Iowa, home. Vilsack dropped out of the White House race in February and endorsed Clinton last week.
Vilsack dropped out of the presidential race in February.
FOX News' Molly Hooper and Corbett Riner contributed to this report.