Clinton said Wednesday she is against a program that gives driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – After New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer ended his bid to provide driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, Sen. Hillary Clinton's rivals came out swinging against the Democratic presidential hopeful for her reaction.
A spokeswoman for Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, called her action "flip-flopping cubed."
Bill Burton, a spokesman for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, also sharply criticized Clinton for switching her views on the issue.
"When it takes two weeks and six different positions to answer one question on immigration, it's easier to understand why the Clinton campaign would rather plant their questions than answer them,” Burton said.
Clinton received flak for saying that his plan made "a lot of sense" during a debate in late September. But on Wednesday, she said she is supporting Spitzer's decision to withdraw the proposal and blamed Congress and the White house for failing to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
"As president, I will not support drivers' licenses for undocumented people and will press for comprehensive immigration reform that deals with all of the issues around illegal immigration including border security and fixing our broken system," Clinton said in a statement.
– CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich
Meanwhile, new early state polls have Hillary Clinton up with massive leads in the key primaries of South Carolina and New Hampshire....
Give her a little slack, boys! the debate question obviously caught her off guard (if she knows the answer to everything, she's too rehearsed; if she doesn't have a substantive answer, she's unfit; if , heaven forbid, she changes her stance, my GOD, it's another flip-flopper!) Personally, I find it refreshing to find someone who is honest enough and flexible enough to change their mind. Do we really want another DECIDER in the Oval Office,m who makes up his own mind without regard to advisors or public opinion, and then is too stubborn to ever consider the people who supposedly put him there?
GO HILLARY-all the way
WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! Hillary at it again. At the Philly Democratic Debate (Oct 30) she mumbled and fumbled over the response to NY illegal immigrants getting driver's licenses. Then 4 days later claims she supports the NY Governor's proposal. And now today she claims she supports Spitzer's decision not to pursue the NY driver licenses for illegal immigrants. She has just given the Republican Party machine more ammunition to use against her if she becomes the nominee. She is quickly becoming known as a "flip-flopper" and looking ever some much weaker as a candidate.
Obama in '08!
"As President, I will not support drivers' licenses for undocumented people and will press for comprehensive immigration reform that deals with all of the issues around illegal immigration including border security and fixing our broken system"
Gee – Hillary, will you articulate a different position for each state you campaign??
If you can't get "drivers license for illegals" right the first time .... what makes us think you can handle a TOUGH issue??
Flip-flop, dodge and waffle – Does anyone REALLY want to return to the era of wind-driven ethics of the Clintons?
How about States having the right to choose for themselves who to grant driver's licenses to. Keep the Federal government out of my life.
I know a lot of folks would rather just round up illegals and toss them out of the country. FINE, do it, THAT is the federal governments JOB. If the feds won't do their job, that's not the States' problem. The States have the right to decide who to give licenses to or who to refuse to give them to. NOT the federal government. So Spitzer can propose what he wants and if the State wants to do it, they should. But it is also fine for Spitzer to decide not to do it. But Clinton's position of the moment to not support drivers' licences for undocumented workers is unconstitutional. Didn't she criticize Edwards for proposing to get rid of Congressional Health insurance because it wasn't constitutional.
The Feds have no right to prevent States from giving undocumented workers drivers licenses. The Feds DO have the right to deport every illegal alien. Let's get this straight. Something Clinton just can't seem to do.
So... what is her stance on this issue? Is she seriously now speaking universally against licenses for illegals when last week she said it was "too complicated" for a simple answer?
She's in way over her head, Bill better defend her some more.
Well. That's. Finally. Settled.
Hillary – The Saran-Wrap candidate.
Tough but transparent.
"Flip-flopping cubed" is right!
Even you Hillary lovers have got to admit this is ridiculous. So much for taking a stand even though the voters don't agree. Opinions that come and go with the wind.
This has got to be a joke. How to ruin your campaign 101.
We're all allowed one flip-flop a decade...
...GO HILLARY, GIVE'EM HELL...
Our immigration system is not broken, Clinton's brain is. A vote for Hillary is a vote for amnesty.
Good God Flip Flop Hill make up your mind. You were for it before you where against it. You can't trust her to answer a simple question what makes any of us think you can trust her to make hard decisions.
Sen Clinton's position has always been that the Federal government needs to address the issues surrounding illegals working in our country.
But I always wonder why we don't also call those who hire illegals also law breakers?
Illegals are here to do our dirty work and yet we have done nothing to legalize the situation.
We need to work together as a country to find a solution to this issue!
Lack of understanding an answer is not flip-flopping,Romney's pro-choice then pro-life certainly is. Mitt's support of gay rights is also something of concern.
Can you imagine a president who makes a policy decision and then takes it back a couple of weeks later when faced with criticism? What a chaotic way to lead our country.
Keep watching the polls Hillary people, the ones that are either woned by Vindo Gupta (Hillary and Bill's best friend) or the ones that call 450 likely voters and extrapolate that the whole state is leaning one way or the other. I'll watch the exit polls and an Obama victory
Flip flops? Changing you mind? It's still better than "There really isn't any WMD's," but Whoops, we're in a war!
doesn't matter what she says...both Obama and edward attack her bulldogs.
Great punch...That's what we've been waiting for!
All I gotta say is GO CLINTON. 08 is our year. A remarkable woman an exceptional leader.
The Obama reaction is pitiful. This is a man who can locate no records from his days on the Illinois senate. Thats because he did nothing. He has no experience–just empty words.
Since when is it wrong to think about something and come to a different conclusion?
Is leadership based on believing everything out of your own mouth is music?
Maybe people should refuse to answer questions until they have had time to think about the issue at hand. But, I guess that wouldn't work in "sound bite" world.
Meanwhile, new early state polls have Hillary Clinton up with massive leads in the key primaries of South Carolina and New Hampshire….
Posted By Daniel, NY : November 14, 2007 6:20 pm
Did you even read the polling yourself, Daniel?