Have You Been to Iraq, Senator?

The Hill newspaper has conducted an interesting survey, asking senators how many times they had visited Iraq. Patrick Fitzgerald, the author of the article accompanying the survey results, notes that

"visiting Iraq has become a rite of passage for many lawmakers lookingto bolster their credibility on national security. Many lawmakers feelthat making a trip is important for their credibility when they areasked to weigh in on the war"

As for the results, the survey reveals that

"At least 76 senators have visited Iraq in the four years of combat, including 38 who have made the trip in the last 12 months, according to a survey by The Hill. But at least 18 senators have not traveled there at all"

We took a moment to chart some of the most prominent names on the list, including a handful of presidential candidates, to see how they stack up in terms of assiduous travel to Iraq.

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