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We told you earlier how Michigan senator Carl Levin who -- also the chairman.
Of the Senate Armed Services Committee has said that we should not send more US troops in Afghanistan he says instead we should train.
Afghan troops and use them to quote surge in that country well.
Just crossing now Arizona Senator John McCain has weighed in saying that he could not disagree more.
With senator -- with us now is Republican Arizona senator minority whip Jon Kyle.
-- senator we -- -- you wanna talk about health -- but just crossing the wires right now this this back and forth between senators McCain.
And Levin concerning.
Troops in Afghanistan your thoughts there.
I didn't hear what Carl Levin had to say but it would be the height of your responsibility to say that we're not gonna send any more troops there.
General -- crystal was it was sent -- by the president to evaluate and make recommendations on what we should do.
It is believed that he's going to recommend this some more American troops and that General Petraeus would support that recommendation that's the case.
I would think that those of us congress would need to support the president.
-- General Petraeus -- general crystal and support our effort there by sending the additional troops that may be needed of course.
In the long run it's going to be important to train the Afghan police and army just as we've trained the Iraqi police and army and it takes time and it takes more troops to.
Do I think for the edification of our audience just so you know -- as well we're talking about when you say more troops that the estimate from general -- crystal could be anywhere between thirty and 50000.
More troops going to Afghanistan and just -- you know what senator Levin said he said no more troops.
He said that we should specifically and only train Afghan troops.
Bob and let them when they're ready use them for the surge in that would take quite some time your thoughts on that.
Now I -- I don't doubt your reporting on what senator Levin said I just fighting hard to believe because.
He had a lot of his democratic colleagues have been saying for a long time that we need.
Because Afghanistan as the good war that may not be there phrase but the idea is that's where the Taliban and al-Qaeda are.
That's we've really got to defeat here so that they can't -- another attack on us.
And we need to do what's necessary to win -- so.
I I'm really surprised that senator Levin -- that if in fact he has tonight I do think that Senator McCain.
As he was correct when he called for the surge in Iraq in order to win that.
Is absolutely correct in understanding the need for more troops right now in Afghanistan I was there in April he was there more recently the -- And I know his perspective on this.
Is is a very good.
I had my account your senator how big did you talk to once again an and they -- that's -- Afghanistan because.
There's no doubt that that's gonna become a very front burner story in the coming months.
But the one that we've -- been focused on him very much tonight that you have is health care.
Is -- your feeling that Democrats are coming together and that they're going to create majority that will be able to to push through our health care reform bill in the coming week.
It's probably too soon to tell for sure but you've you've seen some support for what the president said on Wednesday night.
Among Democrats they've always had enough votes in and of themselves to pass whatever they want to pass but -- been divisions within the Democratic Party more moderate.
Folks I think tending to reflect more the view of the American people expressed during.
The town hall meetings and other places where people got together in August.
The latest poll I saw -- the people disapprove of the president's plan about 52 to 42.
And a lot of moderate Democrats have seen those numbers.
And responded to their constituents.
Who have concerns about what the president's proposed.
-- you've been a very passionate about proponent of that tort reform and also cross border insurance purchasing.
-- top two mile that's what the Republicans gonna do now it looks like there's a galvanizing behind this -- -- idea that may come out of that the Senate.
At what are Republicans gonna do are they gonna try to meet somewhere in the middle and push for some of those issues that even passionate about -- just back off and say this is your baby that's -- -- and dad.
See the consequences are.
A lot of it.
The first hole all Republicans are dictated to by me you're the -- the leader we know from the world -- conclusions on this but.
-- been pretty consistent where I think the American people are missed a lot of that depends Martha on what the democratic leadership decides to do.
They decide to do a more left wing bill how -- they marry -- -- finance committee bill with a health education labor and pensions committee bill which is further to the left.
Today compromise those and then bring it to the forward that we have separate votes a lot of that depends more on what the strategy of the democratic leadership -- and then the final big question of course.
If they try to ram this through on the so called reconciliation.
Procedure of the so called nuclear option.
Then how -- we respond of that and I so I think our strategy will depend a lot of what the democratic leadership how they decide to approach this.
-- -- thank you very much so as soon see sir thank you.
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