Clinton said Tuesday she is against Mukasey's confirmation.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, said Tuesday she will not support Judge Michael Mukasey's confirmation to be then next attorney general, citing the judge's "continued unwillingness to clearly state his views on torture and unchecked Executive power."
"When we leave any doubt about our nation’s policy on torture, we send a terrible message to the rest of the world," Clinton said in a statement issued by her Senate office. "Judge Mukasey has been given ample opportunity – both at his confirmation hearings and in his subsequent submission to the Judiciary Committee – to clarify his answers and categorically oppose the unacceptable interrogation techniques employed by this Administration."
Earlier Tuesday, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, Clinton's chief rival for the Democratic nomination, also said he was against Mukasey's confirmation.
As for the other Democratic Senate presidential candidates, Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd has said he is against the confirmation and Delaware Sen. Joe Biden said in a statement he will not vote for Mukasey unless he states "clearly that waterboarding constitutes torture and that the president is bound by the law."
Meanwhile, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards released a statement Tuesday calling on the Senate to deny Mukasey's confirmation.
"The credibility of Justice Department has been badly tarnished, and it is now clear that Mukasey is not the man to restore it," Edwards said.
Responding to the candidates' opposition of Mukasey, Maria Comella, a spokeswoman for Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign, said, "You know the Democratic presidential nominees have hit a new low when Chuck Schumer isn't even on their side.
"Judge Mukasey is an honorable, well-qualified nominee for attorney general who doesn't deserve to have his nomination politicized and used for personal gain by the likes of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama," she added.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, was an early supporter of Mukasey's nomination though he has said he is waiting for Mukasey's written answers on waterboarding before he decides whether to vote for the judge's confirmation.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney