CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton said Monday that the next attorney general should "care about the rule of law more than he cares about protecting the president."
"The next attorney general," she continued, "when he takes an oath to uphold the Constitution, actually means it."
Clinton made the comments regarding the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales during an appearance at Lance Armstrong's Livestrong Presidential Cancer Forum in Cedar Rapids.
Her remarks came when asked by moderator Chris Matthews whether, as a senator, she would use this as an opportunity to help set standards for selecting the next attorney general.
Clinton continued, "When it comes to issues like torture, surveillance, military commissions, [and] the firing of U.S. Attorneys because they wouldn't pursue a political agenda, we need to be especially vigilant and strong in making sure that whoever the president appoints will work with the Congress to bring us back from this precipice that this administration has put us on."
- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch