September 12th, 2007
12:20 PM ET
11 years ago

Dodd blasts front-runners' Iraq stance

Sen. Chris Dodd questioned Gen. Petraeus and Amb. Crocker on Tuesday as Sen. John Kerry looked on.

(CNN) — Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd Wednesday blasted two of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, for not taking a tougher line on their Iraq positions.

"I was disappointed that Senator Obama's thoughts on Iraq today didn't include a firm, enforceable deadline for redeployment, and dismayed that neither he nor Senator Clinton will give an unequivocal answer on whether they would support a measure if it didn't have such an enforceable deadline," Dodd said in a statement released by his presidential campaign.

"It is clear to me – especially after yesterday's testimony – that half-measures aren't going to stop this President or end our involvement in this civil war," said Dodd, referring to testimony provided by Gen. David Petraeus and Amb. Ryan Crocker Tuesday before a Senate committee. "I thought it was clear to Senators Obama and Clinton as well after they finally came around to supporting the Feingold-Reid measure and voting against a blank-check supplemental spending bill this spring. If 'enough was enough' then, why isn't it after the bloodiest summer of the war?"

Both Clinton and Obama voted against a Defense bill measure that funded military operations in Iraq earlier this year.

Dodd's comments came on the same day Obama is giving a speech in Clinton, Iowa in which he will outline his vision for the future of U.S. involvement in Iraq. "Senator Obama has a gift for soaring rhetoric, but, on this critical issue, we need to know the substance of his position with specificity," Dodd said. "Without tying a date certain to funding how does he plan to enforce his call for an immediate redeployment?"

Dodd, along with Obama, are both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Clinton is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

–CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Chris Dodd • Hillary Clinton • Iraq
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Lavelle Rochester,ny

    So Mr.Dodd where is your proposal? or are you trying to pull some more attention your way? I tell you what once the candidates who have no chance of winning drop out I think we will know for sure who will lead the Democrats. Dodd disagrees with any and everything these front runners have to say!

    September 12, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. c curry , denver co.

    So sick of these guys fighting amongst themselves when problems of the country are mounting. Oh, I shouldn't say mounting around Washington politicianns.

    September 12, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. BeReasonable, TC, Mi.

    "Redeployment" doesn't mean home, remember that. They have another front in mind and that doesn't mean Afghanistan. They all need to be more exact in their statements but I doubt if they ever will. These statements are just campaign fodder and mean nothing if they get elected. The Democratic party has a history of failing to follow up on campaign promises, why should this be any different?

    September 12, 2007 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. Dan, TX

    I hate to sound like a broken record, but there isn't any meaningful difference between the democrat and republican plans. The course of the war is playing out. The Iraqis have a very short time to start making progress. Troop withdrawls will begin in April as the good General has indicated. The continuation of troop withdrawls is inevitable. Either the Iraqi government will get its act together or they will have proved it will never get its act together. Either way, same result, we have to get out. We can't afford to stay unless we want economic decline – just as Bin Laden is hoping for, recession caused by deficit spending on a police action to provide welfare for the Iraqis.

    September 12, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. Louise, Boston MA

    Dodd struggles to get any media he can (including an earlier ploy to burglarize his own office) in light of his increasingly irrelevant campaign. 3/4 of Americans don't even know he's running. drop out before regret it, Dodd. How much more money can you waste on something you know you will never succeed in?

    September 12, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Jeff, Ithaca

    Chris Dodd is so far down in the polls he has to say something to gain attention. He has no plan short of a surrender date. This guy is a loser.

    September 12, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. Jared Tualatin Oregon

    Another no shot candidate trying to bolster his support by bashing the leaders.

    Not what the country needs.

    Hey Dodd... what did you vote when the war INITIALLY began?

    September 12, 2007 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. Christian, Tampa FL

    A house divided cannot stand.

    Since both parties are divided, the country is divided, and Washington is divided, we're not going to get anything done.

    We have no serious external threats right now. The only threat that could tear our country apart is the division that is spreading within.

    September 12, 2007 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  9. BCNU purple state, usa

    Continually setting low goals and failing to meet them.

    September 13, 2007 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  10. Katie M. Columbia, MD

    living in the state of Maryland you get to see the evidence of that everyday. Too many people walking living out their pathetic lives by trying to eat at every single restaurant, complaining and gossiping. All-the-while believing we were actually attacked on 911. He's right dumber and fatter.

    September 14, 2007 01:55 am at 1:55 am |