Edward challenges Clinton to provide answers
NEW MARKET, New Hampshire (CNN) – Democratic presidential rival John Edwards Tuesday challenged Sen. Hillary Clinton to provide specifics on how she would end the Iraq war.
"Senator Clinton has repeatedly said she will 'end the war.' Yet she has provided no plan for how she’ll do it," Edwards said in a statement posted on his campaign blog.
"She has only said that she will hold a meeting with her advisers within 60 days of taking office. That’s not a plan. It’s a promise of a planning meeting. On such an important question we need honesty and answers, not double talk and evasions."
At his campaign stop, Edwards outlined to voters his list of questions, also enumerated in his release, that he believed all presidential candidates should answer on the Iraq war. They included:
–As president, will you withdraw all combat troops?
–Will you withdraw all combat troops within the first nine to ten months of your presidency?
–Will you conduct combat missions with troops stationed inside Iraq?
–Will you leave permanent military bases in Iraq?
Edwards proceeded to contrast his position with Clinton's. He said Clinton would keep combat troops in Iraq, continue combat missions and maintain military bases.
"To me that's not ending the war," said Edwards
–CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla