May 16th, 2008
07:47 AM ET
7 years ago

Clinton seems to defend Obama after apparent Bush swipe

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 Hillary Clinton took aim at President Bush Thursday over his overseas comments.
Hillary Clinton took aim at President Bush Thursday over his overseas comments.

RAPID CITY, South Dakota (CNN) – Hours after President Bush made an apparent swipe at Barack Obama’s foreign policy in a speech to the Israeli Knesset, Hillary Clinton seemed to come to his defense.

“President Bush's comparison of any Democrat to Nazi appeasers is both offensive and outrageous on the face of it, especially in light of his failures in foreign policy,” she told reporters in Rapid City, South Dakota Thursday. “This is the kind of statement that has no place in any presidential address and certainly to use an important moment like the 60th anniversary celebration of Israel to make a political point seems terribly misplaced; unfortunately, this is what we've come to expect from President Bush.

"There is a very clear difference between Democrats and Republicans on foreign policy and that difference will be evident once we take back the White House.

Bush had made a historical parallel between those willing to engage in dialogue with countries like Iran and pre-World War II appeasers. He did not mention any names, but it was widely viewed as an attack on Obama, who has said that move could be part of his foreign policy as president.

Clinton also told reporters she had not spoken with former presidential candidate John Edwards since his Wednesday endorsement of Obama’s White House bid.

“I haven’t talked to him,” she said. “I’ve spoken with Elizabeth Edwards, and she’s a friend of mine and I have a high regard for her. And I think it’s important that she remain a strong advocate and real champion for universal healthcare.”

Both Clinton and Obama had actively sought the support of former North Carolina Senator John Edwards. Elizabeth Edwards, who has not publicly backed a candidate, has spoken positively of Hillary Clinton’s universal health care plan.

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  1. Jeff Radun

    I think she should become an independent and run as the demictatic party has betrayed her.
    She should do nothing to help Obama.
    I also noticed that CNN keeps asking polling questions. Saying please go to www whatever cnnn and vote.
    It is always a lobsidded vote as young people and the well educated are very internet savy.
    So when you ask a question
    Who Hillary of Obama is more trustworthy
    Obama will win every time hands down due to the people who are on these bloggs are more likely to be Obama supporters.

    I saw that CNN asked about the bush comment in Isreal and it was 80% said he was wrong to say whet he said about Obama to 20% who said it was true.
    The reason for such a one sided reply is 80% who are on this site support Obama

    May 16, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
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