Gen. David Petraeus.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, praised Gen. David Petraeus Tuesday, as she continues to face heat from several of her Republican White House rivals for not directly repudiating a MoveOn.org ad that questioned the top U.S. commander in Iraq’s honesty.
"I have said publicly on numerous occasions, including at the last hearing, how much I respect Gen. Petraeus and his service to our country," Clinton told CNN's John Roberts on “American Morning.”
"I speak for myself,” said the New York Democrat when asked if she thought the ad, which ran in The New York Times last week, was out of line. “I am a very strong admirer of Gen. Petraeus and his record of service for our country and the dedication that he has brought to a very difficult job that many of us think does not have a military solution,"
Last week, GOP White House hopefuls: former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and Arizona Sen. John McCain all condemned Clinton for not directly distancing herself from the ad.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney