Clinton was heckled at the Take Back America conference
WASHINGTON (CNN) – When it was Sen. Hillary Clinton's turn before the "Take Back America" conference Wednesday morning, her remarks ranged from health care and the federal debt to education. But the New York Democrat’s biggest cheers and jeers came on the subject of Iraq.
Clinton praised the American military, while taking issue with President Bush and the Iraqi government which, "has failed to make the tough decisions."
The dozen hecklers from the anti-war group "Code Pink," stood holding signs reading, "Lead us out of Iraq now." In response, Clinton acknowledged the signs saying that's "what we are trying to do." The Democratic presidential candidate said she has co-sponsored a bill to 'de-authorizing' the war to force the President's hand.
"We need to end the authority that he is currently operating under to strip him of the legitimacy of going forward with his policy," she said.
Clinton said the war in Iraq has been catastrophic for the United States and reminded the audience that she recently voted against a war funding bill, saying, "The best way to support the troops is finally to start bringing them home."
Jodie Evans, a co-founder of "Code Pink" was not satisfied, saying it was "shameful" that Clinton "would blame the Iraqis for what is happening.
"She is one of those Senators who voted to go into Iraq, she is not taking responsibility for it,” Evans said.
- CNN Political Producer Mike Roselli