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Potential presidential candidate and Sen. Barack Obama (D) tells The Hill that there will be "'a push from both sides to craft a meaningful strategy in Iraq...  The question is whether the administration will be amenable.'"  Obama called the report "'a realistic portrayal of what's taking place'...  Several other Democrats who have begun vying for their party's presidential nomination placed similar weight on the White House's next move."  Republican Sens. Sam Brownback and Chuck Hagel also found something to support in the recommendations. 

Presidential candidate and incoming Senate Foreign Relations chair Joe Biden says the recommendations aren't enough and pushes his own plan for Iraq in a USA Today op-ed.  He promises "intensive and extensive hearings, over many weeks.  We won't be wedded to any one plan or proposal.  Our mission will be to shine a light on what options remain for America in Iraq and to help complete the work that this report has so valiantly begun." 

Sen. John Kerry (D) "said in an interview that the report 'validated much of what we have been saying for more than two years,' particularly the need to rely on forceful diplomacy to achieve a political solution.  'A major diplomatic effort and getting the Mideast peace process back on the block is how you get from here to there.'"

Bloomberg notices that both Sen. John McCain (R) and Rep. John Murtha (D) "ripped the panel's proposals from different ends of the spectrum...  Aside from McCain, the other Republican presidential frontrunners, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who was traveling in Asia, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, had no immediate response to the report." 

GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter, who's also running in 2008, "suggested that everyone should back the president, as the government's chief executive and the military's commander in chief: 'American policy should flow from our shores with one voice.'"