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Edwards implies Cheney flip-flopped

Speaking to retirees in a depressed steel town, Sen. John Edwards zeroed in on comments Vice President Dick Cheney made when explaining the quick pullout from Iraq during the 1991 Persian Gulf War. A transcript of Cheney's remarks, published Wednesday by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, quotes the then-secretary of defense saying, "We were not going to go get bogged down in the problems of trying to take over and govern Iraq."

"Twelve years ago, Dick Cheney was saying there was a great danger, a great risk of getting bogged down there," Edwards said. Parroting the GOP attacks on presidential candidate John F. Kerry, Edwards said, "He was against getting bogged down in Iraq before he was for it."

But a Cheney spokeswoman said there was a reason he changed his mind: Sept. 11, 2001. "Sen. Edwards is acting as if Sept. 11th never happened," said Ann Womack.

Group hopes CBS will air Iraq piece, the Web-based group in support of John Kerry's presidential bid, Wednesday petitioned its members to contact CBS in an effort to get the network to air an investigative 60 Minutes II piece on Iraq that has been shelved.

Representatives of the group said 5,000 members had called or e-mailed CBS, although that number could not be verified. A network spokeswoman said Wednesday that she was unaware of the campaign.