Edwards campaigned in Iowa Monday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards strongly criticized rival Hillary Clinton Monday over her foreign policy approach, and accused the New York senator of not being up front with primary voters about her plans for Iraq and Iran.
"Sen. Clinton is voting like a hawk in Washington, while talking like a dove in Iowa and New Hampshire," the former North Carolina senator said during a speech at the University of Iowa, according to prepared remarks. "One of her advisors told the New York Times that was because she was shifting from primary mode to general election mode. Well, we only need one mode from our president – tell the truth mode all the time."
Edwards went on to say Clinton has not been clear about how she plans to end the war in Iraq, and took issue with her pledge to leave some troops in the region the carry out combat missions.
"Only in Washington would anybody believe that you can end the war and continue combat," Edwards said. "On a matter as serious as Iraq, we need honesty and real answers-not more double-talk."
Edwards also assailed the Democratic frontrunner for supporting the Kyl-Lieberman amendment that calls for labeling Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization, claiming such a move allows the Bush administration to go to war with Iran.
"The war in Iraq isn't even history yet, but the Bush Administration is repeating the march to war with Iran, and they're getting help from people who should know a lot better," he said. "George Bush, Dick Cheney, and the neocon warmongers used 9/11 to start a war with Iraq and now they're trying to use Iraq to start a war with Iran. And we have to stop them."
Responding to the criticisms, Clinton spokesman Phil Singer said, "The contrast is clear: While Sen. Clinton has been a leader in the effort to stop the rush to war with Iran and has consistently called for engagement with Iran aimed at ensuring that Iran does not acquire nuclear weapons, Sen. Edwards is spending his days attacking other Democrats."
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney