October 23rd, 2007
10:20 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama aims fire at Clinton over Iran vote

The Obama campaign sent out a postcard, above, criticizing a recent Senate amendment Clinton supported.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is stepping up his effort to differentiate himself with rival Hillary Clinton on the issue of Iran Tuesday, sending a postcard to Iowa voters criticizing those who supported a recent Senate amendment that he claims "raises the risk of war with Iran."

The September 27 amendment in question, sponsored by Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Connecticut, and Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, calls for labeling the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. Clinton voted for the amendment while Obama missed the vote. But the Illinois Democrat has repeatedly said he is against the idea.

"Barack Obama is the ONLY major candidate for president to oppose both the Iraq War from the very start and the Senate amendment that raises the risk of war with Iran," the postcard states. "While other Democrats voted for the Kyl-Lieberman Amendment, Barack Obama opposed another Bush foreign policy fiasco."

Obama is also quoted in the postcard saying, "Why is this amendment so dangerous? Because George Bush and Dick Cheney could use this language to justify keeping our troops in Iraq as long as they can point to a threat from Iran. And because they could use this language to justify an attack on Iran as a part of the ongoing war in Iraq."

The campaign would not reveal the number of postcards it is sending.

The other two Senate Democrats running for president, Chris Dodd and Joe Biden, voted against the measure.

Clinton has denied the terrorist labeling could increase the risk of war with Iran, arguing it instead allows for tougher sanctions.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Chris Dodd • Hillary Clinton • Iowa • Joe Biden
soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Republican lover, Washington DC

    What is wrong with invading Iran? THEY ARE EVIL!!! Look at the news, its all over the news and the news NEVER LIES!! Let's invade every arab world and kill everyone and spread our "FREE CAPITALISM" everywhere!!! GOD BLESS MONEY!!!

    October 23, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  2. a voter

    To Jim Bremer:
    Stop posting "Barack Hussein Osama." It's offensive, racist and it has nothing to do with the article.

    CNN, why don't you censor these jerks?

    October 23, 2007 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  3. mountain man Longmont, CO

    Nice typo too. "While other democrats voted for for" I hope your campaign leads better then it proofreads!

    October 23, 2007 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  4. Ronnie.Irving,Texas

    Obama can not stomach war so he would be a bad president.A president must make tough choices and he can not make them.He is a failure.

    October 23, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  5. Dan, Cambridge, MA

    Hussein Obama is simply an opportunitist and always does lip sevices. Sadly many people just fall for that. What a strange country.

    Where was Hussein Obama when the senate voted on the Iran thing?

    I doubt how long he can afford such shameless attacks. People have already started to realize that his so called politics of hope is merely smoke. Behind the smoke, we see a true Hussein Obama – greedy and hungry for power, much like every other politician.

    October 23, 2007 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  6. Corey T. New York, NY

    If Barack Obama wanted any legitimate say in this debate, he should have actually showed up to the vote. His excuse was that it is difficult to know when votes are scheduled. This is ridiculous for two reasons. First, how does Obama, as a US Senator, not know when he has to show up for work in Washington? And second, Hillary is a presidential candidate, just like Obama, but she found her way to get her vote in.

    Obama wanted to differentiate himself from Hillary. But instead of forcing himself to make a difficult vote on an issue, he chose the easy road, and decided to do nothing. That isn't going to get him elected to the presidency. At least Hillary DOES take a stance, whether it be controversial or not. Go Hillary, all the way!

    October 24, 2007 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  7. John S. Chicago, Illinois

    This sounds like Laos and China during the Vietnam war. I wouldn't be suprised if I heard we were already running special ops inside the Iranian boarders. Could one imagine the international backlash if we were to get caught doing such stupid things?

    October 24, 2007 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  8. Dennis, Anchorage, Alaska

    If he cared so much, why didn't he vote? This guy is such a inexperienced phony!

    October 24, 2007 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  9. May Andrews NB

    We are not interested in Obamas continued sour grapes against Hillary Clinton since he's slipping in the polls... Voters are not interested in smear remarks anymore, that went out with the bush election.


    October 24, 2007 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  10. Honestly, Tx

    Obama was ready to vote, the vote was postponed indefinitely, he went to campaign. Reid suddenly called up the vote with less than one hour to respond. There was no way Obama could have gotten back in time to vote. He stated he would vote against it.

    Obama, Dodd, and Biden were right. Clinton is dangerous, she has horrible judgment and can't learn from her past mistakes. I do not trust her to lead my country. Obama or Biden would be the two strongest democrats for winning the general election.

    Clinton is about the only democrat who could loose to the republican nominee (looks like Huckabee has the momentum).

    October 24, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. dawn -- Gaithersburg, MD.

    Reid made his postponement statement before the Senate. All the candidates heard it. They also heard him say that he was hoping that the issues that were holding up the vote would be cleared up that night. Sen. Obama was the only Democratic candidate to think that Sen. Reid's words gave him a free pass to leave Washington. Is he less intelligent than the other candidates? Absolutely not: apparently, he is more cowardly. Or he has seriously skewed priorities. Also, did you hear that he co-sponsored a resolution with Sen. Smith in March branding Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization? And made speeches discussing forces in Iraq in terms of affecting Iran?

    October 24, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. TLB Tampa, FL

    Not a lot of Barack fans I see...well lets all be ignorant enough to think that that if Hillary wins it will put Bill back in office...not so much people! Wake up already! Is the world really that small and scarce on intellect that we have to two Bush's in office and two Clinton's??? Are those the only two families we can choose from?? Change might not be so bad, think about it! Hillary is no more going to listen to Bill on how the country should be run than I am going to stab myself in the eye with a fork. She's to eager to get from under his umbrella, but for now it works for her campaigning purposes. I'd almost rather vote republican than to vote for Hillary Clinton

    October 24, 2007 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  13. roger, conway sc

    HOW DID Obama vote or did he vote...he is trying to be sly...HE DID NOT BOTHER TO VOTE...how can someone who did not bother to vote critize someone who voted and had the courage to stand by their vote...you Obama supporters had better watch out....

    October 24, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. dawn -- Gaithersburg, MD.

    We have been very close a few times, but we have just been informed that Senator Biden will not have a vote anytime in the near future. There will not be a vote on the other one anytime in the near future. We hope TONIGHT (my caps) will bring more clearness on the issue."

    Every time you quote this to clear Sen. Obama for missing the vote, it implicates him. Per Sen. Reid's own words, he hoped that very night would clear up the issues holding up the vote. AND IT DID.

    The story seems to be that this was a giant trick to get Sen. Obama out of town so he'd miss the vote. The only problem with that scenario is that Sen. Reid made his announcement to the entire Senate and none of the other Democratic (non-Clinton) Senators running for President seem to have fallen for this elaborate ruse. How to explain?

    Plus, there were TWO versions of Kyl-Lieberman. The first had language that might have been interpreted as a "use of force" clause. The second did not. Can someone link me to Senator Obama denouncing the SECOND version of Kyl-Lieberman BEFORE it passed?

    October 24, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. Biggdawg, Chicago, Illinois

    I love it. His campaign has his bloggers out there spreading some bs conspiracy theory: Reid set him up! Reid set him up!

    Let him and his campaign step forward and make that accusation outright. They won't because it's not true.

    Sorry, Obama bloggers, but we ain't buying it. He chickened out on the vote. And now he has the audacity to insult the collective intelligence of us all by claiming he opposes something he had every opportunity(indeed every bligation) to go on record stating just that.

    Let it go Obamites. Let it go. In your heart of hearts you know, as we all do, that you simply bet on the wrong horse...

    October 24, 2007 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  16. hillaryo8

    you missed the vote your not in it..so leave her alone.in fact you missed lotts of votes ,Chicago is talking ,is thats all you can say,Oh she voted for the war oh she voted for the k/l act...you have nothing concrete to support your run,your ideas are misleading to the American People
    Gopsel tours for the presidential Campaign,and the Obama gay bashing tour.calling all jidhast however ya spell it,sounds to me your trying to be god.you cant Challange Senator Clinton you are weak,very weak.

    October 24, 2007 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  17. noObamas

    over 100 votes,the last time i looked last month.hes not responsible and poorly at fiscal responsibility

    October 24, 2007 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  18. George

    Hillary wins and Bill is back in yeah !!!!!!!!!!!
    Same ole polictics Obamba messing with the American people.not good at all.He cant come up with anything viable to bash her,there isnt anything else we dont know,she has let it all out there
    and her being Polarizeing its getting old she's ahead,just face it,Obama.its facts,Bill is to powerfull ,and he wants her in not because she is the wife but he said she is the most desireable to Change this country with his help,we need it,Bad. Id give it 2 years and were back to America.you just cannot elect someone who we really dont know,I dont think hes telling the truth.,he thinks he's inspiring yeah maybe 2016.but after all I been watching about him.he flip flops more than any,on any given day.

    October 24, 2007 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  19. felix

    Obama’s Sad Day
    Obama had another long, ugly and sad day today. It was not a gay day.

    The day started with denials and ended with confession.

    Obama’s days will be sadder this coming weekend.

    Late today Obama decided to concede that this weekend’s gospel tour in South Carolina is indeed a gay bashing tour. As we noted yesterday it is not one but all the top acts that have a homophobic history. Comparing gay people to murderers and prostitutes is not an act of love. Obama is trying to cover up this gay bashing tour for what it is because he knows it threatens the pro-gay rights youth vote which Obama has spent the entire year courting. Obama as usual is blaming the staff for not “vetting” Donnie McClurkin but ignores the statements by the other performers in his gay bashing tour.

    An openly gay minister will open Barack Obama’s gospel concerts this weekend in South Carolina, two of his advisers told gay supporters on a conference call this afternoon.

    Obama aide Steve Hildebrand, and a prominent gay adviser, Tobias Wolff, conceded that the campaign had failed to “vet” gospel singer Donnie McClurkin for his view that homosexuality is a “curse”, one person on the call said. But they said he would still perform at Obama’s concerts, which are aimed at tightening his bond to that state’s African-American community.

    “They recognized that there was a mistake here,” the source said.

    They also stressed Obama’s “unequivocal” commitment to gay rights, and defended McClurkin’s presence at the performance, he said.

    “The perspective is that he can bring in different elements of the Democratic Party and American society,” the Obama supporter said.

    Wolff and Hildebrand also asked supporters to contact the Human Rights Campaign, a leading gay group, and press them not to publicly criticize Obama.

    Young voters will not be deceived by Obama’s low down gay bashing tour. The gay community is not impressed with Obama’s excuses and inclusion of gay bashers in a tour promoting Obama’s candidacy:

    October 24, 2007 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  20. Doug, Dallas Texas

    So I guess Obama and all the other Democrat supporters are also upset and Nancy Pelosi and the Majority of Democrats in the House of Representitives, that passed and supported the same legislation that Hillary did.

    For years people have been claiming Bush wants to go to war with Iran and the funny part is they have less evidence he does, than Bush had for going into Iraq.

    So I guess that means your no better than Bush when it comes to presenting false claims as actual evidence.

    November 16, 2007 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  21. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Obama has no place to critize. He wasn't even a U.S. Senator at the time of the Iraq vote.

    The Iran vote was even worse, he didn't even show up to vote. He knew it was happening, and he chose to duck out of that vote. Why? I'd rather have someone who makes a bad decision, rather than not even bother to make a decision.

    November 20, 2007 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  22. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Obama has his head in a cloud. The leaders of Iran would love the oppurtunity to mess with his mind.

    I liked Obama in the beginning, and maybe he's a nice person, but I have lost some respect for him. To critize a vote, for which he didn't even show up for, is very lame. What was his reason for missing?

    I've yet to hear much of anything at his own track record. I'm still waiting to hear a good reason for why he should be President, rather than he's fresh. There are 300 million other Americans that are "fresh" also.

    November 23, 2007 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
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