Clinton took issue with comments by Vice President Cheney.
(CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton Wednesday struck back at Vice President Dick Cheney, after he said that he supported Defense Department officials who chided the New York Democrat for requesting a withdrawal plan from Iraq.
In May, Clinton sent a letter to the Pentagon asking Defense Secretary Robert Gates to brief Congress on contingency plans for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. Defense Undersecretary Eric Edelman responded in a letter to Clinton that public discussion of troop withdrawals "reinforces enemy propoganda." Defense Secretary Robert Gates sent a follow up letter to Clinton expressing
resentment regret that "this important discussion went astray." Gates reaffirmed his belief in congressional oversight of government.
In an interview with CNN's Larry King Tuesday, Cheney said "I agreed with the letter Eric Edelman wrote. I thought it was a good letter."
Clinton fired back with a letter to Cheney, saying "Your comments agreeing with Under Secretary Edelman, not Secretary Gates, have left me wondering about the true position of the Administration," the Democratic presidential candidate said. "Therefore I am writing to President Bush asking that he set the record straight about the Administration's position regarding the role of Congress in oversight of the war."
Also on Wednesday, Clinton urged supporters to sign a letter from her calling for clarification on Bush administration Iraq policy. "Its time to find out exactly where the Bush administration stands on this issue," Clinton said. "I'm going to send a letter to President Bush, and I want your name to be on it," she said in an e-mail to supporters.
"I couldn't care less what Dick Cheney says about me," she said in her e-mail to supporters. "But when he plays politics with the lives of our troops, you had better be sure I'm going to respond."
Megan McGinn, Vice President Cheney's spokeswoman, said Cheney had nothing to add beyond his comments with King Tuesday night.
–CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford