December 27th, 2007
12:25 PM ET
3 years ago

Presidential candidates react to Bhutto

Getty Images photographer John Moore captured Benazir Bhutto waving, moments before he heard gunshots.
Getty Images photographer John Moore captured Benazir Bhutto waving, moments before he heard gunshots.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Many of the presidential candidates have reacted to the assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Click here to read all the candidate reactions. (Continually updated)

Related: Bush condemns 'cowardly' attack on Bhutto

soundoff (141 Responses)
  1. Eric, MD

    The religion of peace strikes again. I can't wait to see how quickly the rabid libs on this site shift blame to the US and President Bush.

    December 27, 2007 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. Ivelisse

    Her death is a real tragedy...but undescores the fact that Musharaf is doing things wrong.... he was not fighting terrorist when he declared the emergency rule last months, he was fighting his opponents....

    well, Mr. Musharaf....now is your turn to demonstrate the world that you are REALLY against terrorist and in favor of a free and democratic Pakistan...

    YOU OWE IT TO HER!!!!!

    December 27, 2007 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Independent in NH

    Senator Obama has already threatened to bomb Pakistan AND IRAN!! He's another War Monger ( :( hiding in sheeps clothing and using doublespeak to gain votes.)

    Vote NO to Obama

    December 27, 2007 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Mike, San Francisco, CA

    I'm a Democrat but Mcain's response is the most thoughtful. You get the sense that he is responding as a statesman, not a self serving presidential candidate.

    December 27, 2007 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. John, New York, NY

    I'm impressed with the words of McCain and Clinton. They both express their outrage and sympathy very well, while also sounding very presidential.

    Bravo John and Hillary.

    December 27, 2007 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. BobD, Tucker, GA

    America needs to make genuine peace with the Pakistan people, not their strongmen. At the moment Bush's knee-jerk policies (read billions of dollars) are not helping Pakistan, or world peace

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7158815.stm

    It is time to turn the page, in foreign policy with fundamental changes in our way of thinking- Obama has bold policies to reset standards on foreign policy

    December 27, 2007 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. Christian, Tampa FL

    This is so upsetting. Democracy must persevere in the Middle East, moderation must prevail. The ideological conflict that is fought in every nation took a dark turn today. We must support democracy and fight against those who think they can destroy popular sovereignty and freedom with bombs and bullets. Benazir's legacy will be in the seemingly eternal struggle for democracy around the world.

    December 27, 2007 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. S Williams, Tampa

    @ Independent in NH

    Why use an article about Bhutto's death to post vitriolic, negative slurs against ANY candidate?

    You either don't care or are missing the point entirerly.

    The article is about this brave woman's tragic and senseless death. Not to get your candidate elected.

    December 27, 2007 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. Joe, Florida

    This is definitely not good. Hopefully, Pakistan won't go into Civil War.

    Things are so screwed up in this world.

    December 27, 2007 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. A. Harrison, Atlanta GA

    Right on "Independent in NH" glad you saw that.

    December 27, 2007 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. Mark Billingsley, Sacramento, Calif.

    When did Obama threaten to bomb Iran? What nonsense! In regards to Pakistan, please do a little research. We already allow our troops into Pakistan if they are chasing terrorists. Obama has said that if we have actionable intelligence on a high-value target (Bin Laden) and Musharef does not act on it (because he's looking the other way) then we'd act. Hillary has basically said the same thing once the foreign policy experts came down on Obama's side. Another flip-flop for her. No doublespeak from Obama. he's been firm on his foreign policy from day one. A little research would have revealed that to you.

    December 27, 2007 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. Raymond, El Paso TX

    This blood and its consequences falls entirely on the idiot and those that support him!

    Had the idiot finished the job in Afghanistan, not only would he have avenged those that attacked us, he would have brought stability to the region.

    Instead the idiot heads off to Iraq! While the cat's away, the Taliban and al Qaeda simply start regrouping. Not only in Afghanistan but in Pakistan also. So how does the idiot address this? He sends more money to the Pakistani dictator with no pressure to do anything! Oh I forget, he did pull a Larry Craig and told him to take his uniform off.

    Stupid, stupid, stupid! Bush isn't interested in Democracy or America, he's only interested in how much defense contractors make.

    It'll be interesting to see how the pro-Bush sheep spin this one. I say impeach.

    December 27, 2007 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. CelinaB, Norcross, GA

    This is what Benazil Bhutto said about Obama's willingness to take out terrorists in Pakistan

    BHUTTO: Well, I wouldn't like the United States to violate Pakistan's sovereignty with unauthorized military operations. But the issue that I would like to stress is that Barack Obama also said, if Pakistan won't act. And that's the critical issue, that the government has to act. And the government has to act to protect Pakistan's own serenity and integrity, its own respect, and to understand that if it creates a vacuum, then others aren't going to just twiddle their thumbs while militants freely move across the border.

    December 27, 2007 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  14. Pepe Le Pue

    Clinton and her operatives want to have it both ways(both ways, uh). One day they falsely labelled the man as a muslim, and now they are again falsely claiming he wants to bomb a muslim country.

    Hillary is a suspect, wanting things both ways.

    Obama is an idea whose time has come.

    Obama 08

    December 27, 2007 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. Matthew Sutton, Central Point, Oregon

    This is extremely sad news and our hearts go out to the Pakastani people.

    It is unfortunate that "Independent in NH" is using this tragic death to twist Senator Obama's positions. It is true that he is on record of not ruling out the use of force to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. It is also true that he would go after Bin Laden in Pakistan IF there was actionable intelligence AND the Pakastanis couldn't get it done themselves.

    These positions are a far cry from your misleading and exaggerated distortions.

    December 27, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. Keye, Sugar Land Texas

    This is such an unfortunate incident that might take Pakistan back a couple of years.

    December 27, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. BH, Chicago IL

    I think they are overusing the word terrorism. This is an assassination, right?

    December 27, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. tr

    Senator Obama is the only candidate who called Iraq a dumb war and was against it from the beginning. Yet the other candiates including Hillary Clinton and John Edwards both voted yes on Iraq leaving Pakistan as a haven for these terrorist. We need to turn the page of the Bush, Edwards and Clinton mistakes.

    Vote Yes OBAMA 08!!!

    December 27, 2007 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  19. Kimerly Newton, IA

    We need Barack Obama. He is the only candidate who can speak to these foreign nations w/o arogance. We need someone wg the world together and that person is him.
    I believe he was sent to us by God and we need to push for him Now!

    We must realize we are fighting the middle east and they don't respect women and now is not Hillary's time no matter who her husband is. Barack is the only one who can put an end to this mess

    December 27, 2007 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  20. Justin, Havelock North Carolina

    She embraced the Taliban & was removed from office twice on corruption charges....it's saddening that she died, but she is no hero.

    December 27, 2007 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. Robert M. Reidy N.Y.

    It is at times like this when I am ashamed to be a member of the human race.
    There is only one thing wrong with this planet and unfortunately it is us!

    Once again thank you RELIGIOUS fanatics
    for bringing us to our basest instincts.

    We must realize that we are one people
    existing here and now and that we are all connected by our humanity or our horror.

    It is as simple as this – if we do not learn the beauty of living in the way of love, this planet will cleanse itself of us and reshuffle the DNA and
    try again.

    We are at the point of choice, the last option, the singularity approaches.

    Will we choose wisely...?...

    December 27, 2007 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Jen, Gainesville, FL

    To "Independent in NH":
    Your comment showed your ignorance. Please read Obama's orignal statement before commenting. We need leaders who have are wise and courageous. We also need citizens who spend the time to read and think.

    December 27, 2007 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  23. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    The "General" our government has been supporting appears to be eliminating the competition. Heck, sounds kind of like when we supported: Saddam Hussien. Why does our government pick the most corrupt and criminal power figures to support. Why is that?

    December 27, 2007 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. David, Gilbert Arizona

    I don't know why I'm surprised that some of the candidates would politicize the death of this beautiful person. It's shameful.

    Bhutto was not assassinated by Islamic jihadists, as Flip Flop Romney wants everyone to believe. Bhutto's death has absolutely nothing to do with the U.S. war on terror. It was under the Bhutto administration that the Taliban in Afghanistan gained most of their power. She viewed the Taliban as a stabilizing element in the neighboring country.

    Benazir Bhutto was assassinated by Pakistani political elements who did not approve of her out spoken views regarding the Pakistan People's Party. Her family has faced these type of tragedies from political opponents and people with ties to the Pakistan military for most of Bhutto's life.

    Benazir Bhutto knew full well that she was taking a very huge risk when she returned to Pakistan from exile.

    December 27, 2007 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. AD, WI

    This is a sad situation, and should not be used as a political advantage to anyone. Having said that I can't help but thinking that next US president should be a strong experience leader to deal with these serious situations.

    December 27, 2007 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
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