Write down the date, says Rep. Donald Payne: June 25, 2007.
That’s when U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar made remarks on the floor of the Senate urging President George W. Bush to change course in Iraq.
"In my judgment, the costs and risks of continuing down the current path outweigh the potential benefits that might be achieved," Lugar said on the Senate floor. "Persisting indefinitely with the surge strategy will delay policy adjustments that have a better chance of protecting our vital interests over the long term."
Payne said the statement made by the high-ranking Republican and foreign policy expert would likely pressure other GOP Congress people to cross party lines to join Democrats who want to end the war.
"It’s going to make a big difference," Payne said of Lugar’s remarks. "To me his statement was quite significant."
Payne said he voted against giving the President the authority to go to war in Iraq in 2002 because he was never convinced Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.