April 27th, 2008
04:15 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton, Obama foreign policy advisers get heated

CNN

Watch Rice and Rubin debate foreign policy issues on Late Edition.

(CNN) - While the overall tone between campaign surrogates was tranquil on the Sunday morning talk shows, the argument between foreign policy advisers was anything but calm.

Sparked by Hillary Clinton's quote from earlier this week in which she said that "we will attack Iran" and that the U.S. would be able to "totally obliterate" Iraq's controversial neighbor, two Democratic foreign policy experts passionately defended their candidate's positions on CNN's "Late Edition."

Barack Obama adviser Susan Rice and Clinton adviser Jamie Rubin, both former members of the Clinton administration, came into the interview well-researched and armed with criticism of the opposing candidate. Rubin repeatedly cited a New Yorker article from 2006 in which Obama said he did not know how he would have voted on the war had he been in the senate, while Rice maintained that Obama had always felt that the war was a mistake.

Neither surrogate would accept the other's claims. It got pretty heated.

soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Chris

    It seem that she got the better of that debate.

    April 27, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  2. Sean P. Bremerton, WA

    correction: Failed REPUBLICAN policies that should read. sorry about the mistake.

    April 27, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  3. tom, Boston

    Neo-cons, corpo-cons, and theo-cons of the Billary camp are getting a little bit more desperate everyday?

    April 27, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  4. ron

    What is Sen. Clinton going to do? Pull troops out of Iraq and start a new conflict in Iran. Talk about ready on day one not with these off the cuff remarks.

    April 27, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  5. meg morgan

    good for Jamie–he is smart, well spoken and right,

    April 27, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  6. meg morgan

    what does awaiting moderation mean?

    April 27, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  7. John Smith,TX

    OBAMA ADVISER SUSIE RICE SHOWED UNEXPEIENCED IN THE DEBATE AGAIN. OBAMA IS A FLOWED CANDIDATE. DEMOCRATES WILL LOOSE IN NOVEMBER IF OBAMA IS THE NOMINEE.

    April 27, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
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