December 27th, 2007
12:25 PM ET
7 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. Brad, Stockton, CA

    How nice to hear all the candidates making statements. The simple fact remains – whether Musharraf is an "ally in the war on terror" or not is unimportant; Musharraf is a dictator and the US should NEVER have dealt with him. Dealing with Musharraf is, in my view, the same international foolishness as was used when the Allied Powers attempted to appease Adolf Hitler.

    December 27, 2007 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. Lev Klinemann, Redondo Beach CA

    Yes, yes, Giuliani, yes.

    People who did this need to be brought to justice, maybe we'll elect you and you will keep looking for for them in IRAQ, right.

    ...and yes yes yes, Pakistan is a democracy...

    What a joke Giuliani is, just go away please.

    December 27, 2007 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. Mark Billingsley, Sacramento, Calif.

    Oh yeah, this 2004 story...yeah, that's right. Geez, what was Obama supposed to say, "I'll just let terrorists have their way." I think in 2007 Obama has pretty much made the case that he's ready to lead. As he said in that story from 2004 that he'd talk with them first, then apply diplomatic and economic sanctions and then strike if need be – as a last resort. Is this position vastly different than anyone else's? No. It's exactly the policy I want my next president to adhere to.

    December 27, 2007 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. J, Ca

    BHUTTO: Well, I wouldn't like the United States to violate Pakistan's sovereignty with unauthorized military operations.
    Posted By CelinaB, Norcross, GA : December 27, 2007 11:05 am

    You think you are helping Obama by posting above? Read the first sentence in your posting. It says it all. It ridicules Obama's Childish comments of US invasion.

    December 27, 2007 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. Jacque Bauer, Los Angeles, CA

    This tragic event is enormously sad, but also completely predictable. I had discussed this likelihood with my colleagues in Islamabad over the past several weeks, and everyone (with the posible exception of Bhutto herself and her entourage) predicted that this would happen with a 90+% probability level. While she may have spoken of the risks involved, people like Bhutto (supported by their huge egos) actually believe in their invincibility, and do not really think that this could actually happen to them.

    I feel certain that the Karachi prelude only reinforced this false confidence in Bhutto. Sadly for her (and even sadder for the innocents around her that were hurt/killed) this was not the reality.

    December 27, 2007 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. Concerned

    I am a Pakistani who has moved to the US. And I am in a state of shock at what has occurred. But I support Barrack Obama's stance on the north west frontier province. His approach is sensible. Anyone who criticizes it is fairly uninformed. I have lived in that country and realize Obama is the best democratic candidate to deal with the areas.
    Of the statements issued I think McCain's and Obama's are the ones that resonate most with me.
    They seem to be the most heartfelt and deal with a sense of togetherness... as opposed to Guliani's and Hillary's who seem to be self serving and trying to connonize their stump messages in a statement.
    It makes me sick.
    I want to be part of America's democracy. And as an educated person who has lived all over the world and chosen the US as a home, it seems amazing to me that people are willing to support Hillary Clinton.
    I hope I get a chance to vote for Edwards, Richardson, Obama or McCain.

    December 27, 2007 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. David,Selma,Al

    Why are people so against Obama.He stands for a lot of good things.Are you afraid this country will be ran better than it has been recently?TRhis article was not even about him,it was about Bhutto.Why do you people always want this country to constantly not run smoothly for everyone, not just a set group of people.Bush,is a war mogul,why did you not try not to votw no then and get everyone else to vote no?

    December 27, 2007 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. John New York, NY

    Hillary Clinton is using this tragic moment to brag about her so-called foreign-policy experience.

    Mrs. Clinton says "I knew Mrs. Bhutto." They may have just shook hands and sipped tea at a ceremonial function when Mrs. Clinton was first lady.

    It has now been reported that Mrs. Clinton had no security clearance to be involved with sensitive foreign policy matters.

    She needs to stop exaggerating. It will drag her down in the general election- just like it did for Al Gore.

    December 27, 2007 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. Ken, Atlanta, GA

    CNN isn't repeating words that they published on their own website. Search CNN news for "bhutto Commentary No time for dictatorship" without the quotes. There, Bhutto herself stated, "I have long claimed that the rise of extremism and militancy in Pakistan could not happen without support from elements within the current administration...They want to stop the restoration of democracy at any price...The ruling party is an artificial, political party created in the headquarters of the Inter-Services Intelligence (Pakistan's equivalent of the CIA) during the General Elections of 2002. Its core support comes from the political partners of the military dictator of the '80s, General Zia al-Haq, who empowered the most radical elements within the Afghan Mujahedeen who went on to morph into al-Qaeda, Taliban and the Pakistani militants of today."

    If Bhutto had taken power, it's likely that she would have found information leading back to 9/11

    December 27, 2007 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Bhutto is a HERO and a reminder to us all that democracy is not free. We should all be in mourning for Bhutto and condemn this act of violence.

    December 27, 2007 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. Conservative Kearney Ne.

    What you see is what America is faced with ;utter fanatical barbarians! The same ilk came to our shores and killed 3000 of us on 911 and they want more of the same! There is no such thing as bring the troops home and ignore ,hide from or negotiate with these less than humans. Wake up America ,the liberal democrat way will not get us anywhere but more terror and death here and is a threat to our very existence!

    December 27, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. Glenn,Charlotte, NC

    Maybe Mitt Romney and his merry band of Mormons can posthumously baptize Mrs. Bhutto. She was a wonderful woman and a hero of peace and democracy. Scurge like Romney shouldn't even speak her name.

    December 27, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. Marge Hibbing Mn

    Darn we need Obama like we need a hole in the head. The poster was correct in saying the goofball diss everyone else for voting for the Iraq resolution to find WMD, but he neglects to tell the country he wants to bomb Iran....

    December 27, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. Mike O

    A true martyr of the cause of democracy. It is unlikely Musharraf was directly connected to this; surely, even he realizes this will NOT be good for him. However, the ISI goons that helps keep him in power that routinely aid the terrorists sure ARE involved. Both the terrorist AND the ISI need to be reined in harshly. Sharif needs to go underground, or he's next.

    This is phenomenally dangerous to the world, given the nuclear weapons that Pakistan has.

    December 27, 2007 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. Pete, New York City

    Well, I hope John Edwards reminds everyone that the war on terror (here and abroad) is all fake...Smoke and mirrors stuff to scare everyone into thinking that the world is a dangerous place when in fact we all love one another. It's like someone building a giant mansion but starting their campaign in front of the ruined N.O. home of someone he has done nothing to help.

    God bless the lady. She was braver than anyone I know and better than most we have to count on.

    December 27, 2007 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    The world is saddened by her death-truly. She was determined in her struggle to bring equality and humanity back into the political conversation of her country. This is one more example of God's lack of intervention in our lives on earth–evil is many times victorious!! People need to realize..politics will not solve the worlds problems. The answer is not in politics–but in individual thought and action...and in the realization that belief in God and tje exercise of good works on earth in God's name is the only cause worth fighting and dying for.

    December 27, 2007 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. Chua, Philippines

    be mindful of the candidates who would use this tragedy to further their campaigns.

    December 27, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Chua, Philippines

    i'm with you on this one david from arizona

    December 27, 2007 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. Ron Sansone, Hazlet NJ

    After Reading the comments by some of the candidates it appears that Joe Biden and John McCain understand the situation better then the others.
    I would feel safe voting for either.
    The rest have to step aside when it comes to international affairs.

    December 27, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  20. Brad Thompson, San Jose, CA

    Why is it so hard for news media to understand that many, many people want to know: WHAT DOES RON PAUL SAY ??

    December 27, 2007 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. Cat, Costa Mesa, CA

    You're right David. At a time like this it is best to blame our presidential candidates, and the martyred herself!! She was well respected, loved and reverred in her country. Her opposition was that of vengeful extremists whose sole purpose is to bring tyranny and fear to the hearts of the people.

    Bhutto was more than a person, she reflected an ideal. You can kill the person, but never her ideas.

    December 27, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. Md. Sogir Hossain Khandoker, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    We saw the assassination of Benizir Bhutto but not see the assassination of democracy in Pakistan as well as the other countries. A leader of a third world country has died, but democracy must live in the whole world. Free and fair elections must also be held as soon as possible in the Pakistan. If it will happen then we can say that the death of Benizir Bhutto will not be the death of democracy in the world.

    December 27, 2007 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. Bill, Raleigh, NC

    More proof that Biden is far superior to the others in not only his depth of foreign policy and government knowledge, but also the depth of his rolodex and experience. This guy has already been Secy of State for years. Edwards' response sounds like an 8th grade book report. I'm a Hillary supporter, but Biden makes me feel the most comfortable because of his mastery of world affairs.

    December 27, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. another anon viewpoint in america

    from an earlier post by a fervent Obama supporter!!

    "I believe he was sent to us by God and we need to push for him Now!"

    –Just look at what happened the LAST time we elected a President who believed that God spoke to him and admitted that "I'm driven with a mission from God"!!

    Maybe Huckabee and Obama out to get together and run as a team = I believe they're both accidents waiting to happen 😦


    December 27, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. Frank, Los Angeles

    Talk about "Girl Power"

    December 27, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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