The chairman of the Democratic Party, Howard Dean, told Fox News Sunday Americans have made it clear they do not want the United States to, in his words, "stay in Iraq forever."
"We can't have a stay-the-course mentality. We need to get out of Iraq."
He said U.S. lawmakers in the new Democratic-controlled Congress will be discussing many different kinds of Iraq War scenarios. But he acknowledged that they will still need to work with the White House.
"The truth is the President is still in charge of military and foreign policy. We need to work with the President to get ourselves out of Iraq."
One day after Tuesday's election, President Bush announced that U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld would be stepping down. White House chief of staff Josh Bolten pointed to that decision as evidence that the Bush administration is willing to make what he called " tactical adjustments." He spoke on CNN's "Late Edition" program.
"Nobody can be happy with the situation in Iraq right now. Everybody's been working hard, but what we have been doing has not worked well enough or fast enough, so it is clearly time to put fresh eyes on the problem."
Meanwhile, Republican Senator John McCain, who has indicated his interest in running for president in 2008, said he believes that pulling out of Iraq is not the answer.
"The question is, 'Is what is the solution?' And I believe that a withdrawal or a date for withdrawal will lead to chaos in the region. And most military experts think the same thing. I believe there are a lot of things we can do to salvage this, but they all require the presence of additional troops." He spoke on the NBC television program "Meet the Press."
On the same show, Senator Joseph Lieberman, who says he still supports the Democratic Party even though he recently left it to become a political Independent, also emphasized that he does not want to see a withdrawal.
"If we pick up and leave, Iran and the terrorists, the extreme Islamist terrorists, will surge in and dominate that country. Then, we will have a real hell in Iraq that will affect the security of the entire Middle East and the United States of America, in our war against the Islamist terrorists."
Lieberman added that success in building a free and independent Iraq would be a significant victory in the larger U.S. war for hearts and minds in the Muslim world.