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. Michael McDonald Butte, MT

    And a huge sigh of relief is heard from the Bush Whitehouse and CIA headquarters as Bhutto's death virtually guarantees continued rule of Pakistan by a military dictatorship whose intelligence infrastructure will continue to wage war on Islamic fundamentalists (while at the same time being continuously infiltrated by them).
    Bhutto's death insures status quo in Pakistan-all war, all the time.
    Just the way Dick likes it.

    December 27, 2007 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. INFORMED

    PLEASE STOP CALLING HER A HERO
    I LIVED IN PAKISTAN WHILE SHE WAS IN POWER
    SHE SANCTIONED ETHNIC CLEANSENING!
    HER HUSBAND RANSACKED THE COUNTRY!
    I AM SAD SHE IS DEAD.
    BUT PLEASE HAVE SOME PERSPECTIVE

    December 27, 2007 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. JB T F ID

    Democracy is not free. Are you aware that since this happened oil prices are almost to a new record. This is simply an assassination and as long as we force democracy on every living person this will continue to happen. I don't think it's an act of terror, it's someones way of expressing their beliefs.

    December 27, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Ron, TX

    She may be outraged, but she never listened to Bhutto anyway... she called Obama naive, Bhutto did not. Bhutto stressed the important of fighting terrorism in Pakistan. Then again, it was Hillary who voted in favor of the Authorization for the Use of Military Force in Iraq legislation back in 2002. And it was Barack who said we should be fighting in Afghanistan and Pakistan alongside their governments to combat terrorism. Hillary has a history of being full of it.

    Bhutto's Reaction To Obama's Comment on Military Force

    QUESTIONER: You may have covered that, what I was going to ask you next, but let me try it anyhow.

    We had quite an interesting, and indeed still are, mini-debate here politically between two — initially two of the Democratic aspirants for presidents, and it spread now across party lines. And Barack Obama kicked it off by saying, "If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won't act, we will." That's a direct quote from a recent speech of his. What is your reaction to that?

    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 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. J, Ca

    To CelinaB, Norcross,Ga

    Pakistan is a friend Of US in the fight against terrorists.You don't invate such countries or verbally threat their leaders. That is very un-diplomatic. There may be problems, but you have to solve them through discussion and persuation through other means. You don't go and attack friends just because you are mad. That's the kind of inexperience Obama showed. Check also the troubles he caused by attacking Austarlia and China.Obama seems to think that If yell at everyone around the world, that would make him look tough. Instead, He's making an exhibhition of himself by angering US allies, and showing how undiplomatic he is.

    December 27, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Joe ,Los Angeles, Ca

    We all have different opinions about how to solve these important and troubling problems that we face today. I do believe that everyone that has posted here wants the same thing. A true sense of peace around the world, and an end to the humanitarian, political, and economical power that some groups of the Islamic world seems to have today. As we face these trials, the only constant is our humanity and humility. We can find a way to share this precious place with groups from different ideals and religious backgrounds. I can fell the anger rise from this tragic event, and I try and temper it, I try and find a way to see a solution that doesn't end in more blood spilled. I don't have the answers, but I truly believe that if we can find any common ground that over time this divide that we see in our own country and around the world will slowly disappear.

    December 27, 2007 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. Diego, Bronx, NY

    What a sad day for the people of Pakistan. Benazir Bhutto's death is a sad reminder that those who wish peace in the world are murdered by the worst of humanity. Whether it is Jesus, Dr. King or Sadat, it is shameful nonetheless. She paid the ultimate sacrifice so that her people could have a free and democratic Pakistan. I hope that Musharaff had nothing to do with this atrocity. God help us all.

    December 27, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Huckabee and Romney both oppose "secularist" political leaders like Bhutto and neither of them can now oppose her assasination. Unless of course they're flip-floppers. Pro-secular abroad,but anti-secular at home? Support Al-Qaeda or oppose it?

    December 27, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. Paki

    It is a failure for Musharraf. He should set a deadline for bringing murderers to justice, or resign. The USA has more to gain by the absence of Bhutto. Bhutto's murder will be forgotten soon.

    December 27, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. Nick, Clayton NC

    I see nothing wrong with Hillary's comments, I don't think you need security clearance to meet heads of state your husband, as president is negotiating with.

    Yes I do know about the curruption, despite this

    Benazir was a great leader

    December 27, 2007 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    Can't some of you leave politics out for just one day???????

    Hillary Clinton is probably the one most touched at a personal level by Mrs. Bhutto's death of all the presidential candidates. They both bonded while Hillary was First Lady and kept in touch over the years. They each gave each other political advice and supported each other's aspirations to lead their respective countries.

    My condolences to Mrs. Bhutto's family and the nation of Pakistan.

    December 27, 2007 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. Independent in NH - You have the power to GOOGLE2 peeps

    Posted By Ben, Nashville, TN : December 27, 2007 12:26 pm - I'm curious to see where Barack Obama said "I want to bomb Pakistan and Iran".

    Sorry I had posted the link but for some reason it is now erased?? :( Try googling – bomb Pakistan Iran Obama – and click on the Chicago Tribune article.

    I further appologize if I have offended any posters – it was not my intention to dishonor Ms. Bhutto's memory. I was merely trying to get all the little lambs to open their eyes and see their chosen candidates warts and all... (at the time of the original posting the only ones whose message was printed were Giulianis and Obamas... the others were added later)

    BTW I'm leaning Ron Paul - so PLZ everyone stop turning this into a Hillaryhate frenzy or Obamalove fest

    December 27, 2007 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. Maryann - Orlando, FL

    I totally support Ron Paul, and was glad to see that either he didn't make any comments about Bhutto, or CNN didn't report on them. I hope it is the former.

    Ron Paul is the only anti-war Republican, and I'm happy he didn't use this tragedy to make a campaign speech.

    Ron Paul 2008 – Hope for America!

    December 27, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. KMS

    Hind sight is 20/20. Foresight is as good as a weather prediction. Candidates and commenters alike need to read and heed.

    God bless Pakistan and help them through their time of need. God bless the world and help them through this as well.

    December 27, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. Nick, Rochester, NY

    Barack's response to the death of a leader has a human touch to it, Hillary's response is all about political and policy consequences. I must admit, I am a Republican who will not vote for either one of them in the general election, but I think Barack comes across as much more of a "mensh" (actually should be spelled Mensch).

    December 27, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Sharon, Tallahassee, FL

    David, Gilbert Arizona – who else today blows themselves up and countless innocent victims if it's not terrorists? Isn't this going through everyone else's mind? Yes, no one has come out and claimed responsibility for this attack yet, but please – save your hate for another day. This is a time to join in mourning the loss of a woman who tried to do the best she knew how to help her country and certainly a time to condemn and reject this type of hatred of others. If we can't do it as Americans we are no better than the extremists.

    December 27, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Bill, Spring Valley NY

    Another one Obama got rite, wake up people! Terrorist in Pakistan are a very serious treat! The close mindedness of pass presidency as well as Hillary Clinton gets it wrong every time. New Ideas, New Leadership and Real change!

    Obama 08

    December 27, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. Joseph

    This assasination is a real tragedy for the people of Pakistan. The democratic movement is in its infancy, and this will surely have a negative effect. If only to dissuade other candidates with "radical" ideas of how to improve their countries government.

    I wish people didn't take advantage of this moment in time to push their own candidates in forums like this. My feeling is that like those pushing his agenda here, Obama is a victim of this countries need for change. While he may look and sound the part, he's just as good an actor as Fred Thompson. When it counts most, I doubt he will be able to stand up and make a difference, dissapointing all of his acolytes.

    Yes, he voted against the war, but how many Americans were in agreement with the President at that point of time? If we knew who Obama was back then, Americans would have said he was spineless. Like most things in life... It's all about the timing.

    Colin Powell in 2008!

    December 27, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. JJ, Cleveland, OH

    God rest her soul, and God help us as the fight for peace and freedom continue.

    December 27, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. Kevin,FL

    This is a very sad story.. may she rest in peace.. politics aside!!

    December 27, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. Jarod, Raleigh, NC

    David, Gilbert Arizona – who else today blows themselves up and countless innocent victims if it's not terrorists? Isn't this going through everyone else's mind? Yes, no one has come out and claimed responsibility for this attack yet, but please – save your hate for another day. This is a time to join in mourning the loss of a woman who tried to do the best she knew how to help her country and certainly a time to condemn and reject this type of hatred of others. If we can't do it as Americans we are no better than the extremists.

    December 27, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. mike

    This is an absolute tragedy to the country of Pakistan and it's people. Hopefully as Edwards, Dodd, Biden, and (I hate to agree with him) Rudy said a complete and transparent investigation is necessary to bring these people who caused this to justice. To provide stability to the country and proceed with the elections as soon as possible.

    December 27, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. William Zales

    Bhutto was a courageoius woman simply trying to improve the conditions of her country. Sensless murders by islamic radicals is likely to continue for a long time or until they make all of the middle-east into islamic states,thus their goal

    December 27, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. Jim Gillard, Walla Walla, WA

    Bhutto's death. Just another sign of reality to all the liberals and bleeding hearts in this country who continue to outcry war. As long as the world is cosummed with religious fanatics/barbarians, there will never be peace. These individuals couldn't give a rip about your life or anyone else's unless you're willing to surrender to their beliefs and form of government. This human trash needs to be annihilated before there will ever be a chance of peace. Sweet talk and wishing are only going to produce more world "body bags" and filter your fantasy.

    December 27, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. David G.

    It seems as though alot of people have opinions about all of this and what it could mean. But the truth of the matter is that this women took a huge risk to reestablish herself and the radicals got her. Yes it is sicking to think that the more things change the more they stay the same throughout the world. And lets not forget also, that in this country we experienced that same kind of radical thinking and behavior when John F. & Bobby Kennedy were assassinated. But I also think just like another that PM Musharif or what ever his name has elliminated the compitition. So much for investing in Democracy in the middle east! It's just not going to happen. Mushrif is a dictator just like Sadam Hussin and one day we may have to go after HIM!!!

    December 27, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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