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Senate Democrat Criticizes Bush, Republicans on Iraq Policy

The Democratic Party used its weekly radio address to criticize President Bush's Iraq war strategy and to blame Senate Republicans for stifling debate on Iraq.

Senator John Kerry from the state of Massachusetts Saturday said the president's proposal to send 21,000 additional troops to Iraq is, in his words, "nothing more than the escalation of a misguided war."

Kerry, who is a Vietnam War veteran, also criticized Republicans for blocking a Senate resolution backed by Democrats last week that opposes president Bush's plan to send additional troops.

Kerry also urged Congress to take stronger action to end the war and said the United States must pressure Iraqi politicians to meet benchmarks.

In a separate radio address earlier Saturday, President Bush urged Congress to approve his energy proposals.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.