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Peace advocate Sheehan considers Senate run

January 29, 2006

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— Cindy Sheehan, the peace advocate who set up camp near President Bush's Texas ranch last summer, said Saturday she was considering running against Sen. Dianne Feinstein to protest what she called the California lawmaker's support for the war in Iraq.

"She voted for the war. She continues to vote for the funding. She won't call for an immediate withdrawal of the troops," Sheehan said in an interview while attending the World Social Forum in Venezuela along with thousands of other anti-war and anti-globalization activists.

"I think our senator needs to be held accountable for her support of George Bush and his war policies," said Sheehan, whose 24-year-old soldier son, Casey, was killed in 2004 in Iraq.

Feinstein's campaign manager, Kam Kuwata, said the senator "doesn't support George Bush and his war policies."

But with troops committed, Feinstein believes immediate withdrawal is not a responsible option, Kuwata said.

She said she would decide whether to run after talking with her three other adult children. The Democratic primary will be held in June, and candidates must submit their statements for the voter guide by Feb. 14.

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