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Trevor FitzGibbon, Alex Howe

New Poll Shows Mainers Want Timetable for Withdrawal of Troops from Iraq

Former Congressman Tom Andrews Urges Sens. Collins & Snowe to Vote for Rapid and Orderly Re-Deployment


Former Maine Congressman Tom Andrews, National Director of the antiwar coalition Win Without War,
unveiled a new poll today that shows Mainers support a date certain for withdrawing troops from Iraq by
a margin of 53% to 36%.

The poll was conducted by Lake Research Partners from April 9th-11th by 401 "likely" Maine voters. The
poll asked, "Do you think the United States should or should not set a timetable for the orderly
withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq that would have MOST troops out within a year?" Fifty-thee percent
answered "should" and thirty-six percent answered "should not."

On Saturday, April 28th, rallies in Portland and Bangor will launch a statewide open letter campaign from
the people of Maine to Senators Collins and Snowe urging them to represent the wishes of Mainers on the
war in Iraq.

The following weekend Mainers will gather at their local post offices to mail the open letters to Senators
Snowe and Collins.

"Senators Collins and Snowe speak critically about President Bush's failed policy in Iraq while they are
home in Maine, but in Washington they consistently support binding legislation to keep our troops in the
middle of a civil war," said Andrews. "They talk the talk but won't walk the walk. Their votes are a
direct contradiction of the wishes of the people in Maine. This campaign gives Mainers a chance to have
their say."

"The Senate will play a decisive role in determining the fate of our young men and women in harms way.
Make no mistake, the responsibility lands directly on the shoulders of Senators Collins and Snowe."

Win Without War is a diverse network of activists and organizations working for a more peaceful, progressive U.S. foreign policy. We believe that by democratizing U.S. foreign policy and providing progressive alternatives, we can achieve more peaceful, just, and common sense policies that ensure that all people--regardless of race, nationality, gender, religion, or economic status--can find and take advantage of opportunity equally and feel secure.