June 20th, 2007
02:02 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton addresses Iraq critics

Clinton was heckled at the Take Back America conference

WASHINGTON (CNN) – When it was Sen. Hillary Clinton's turn before the "Take Back America" conference Wednesday morning, her remarks ranged from health care and the federal debt to education. But the New York Democrat’s biggest cheers and jeers came on the subject of Iraq.

Clinton praised the American military, while taking issue with President Bush and the Iraqi government which, "has failed to make the tough decisions."

The dozen hecklers from the anti-war group "Code Pink," stood holding signs reading, "Lead us out of Iraq now." In response, Clinton acknowledged the signs saying that's "what we are trying to do." The Democratic presidential candidate said she has co-sponsored a bill to 'de-authorizing' the war to force the President's hand.

"We need to end the authority that he is currently operating under to strip him of the legitimacy of going forward with his policy," she said.

Clinton said the war in Iraq has been catastrophic for the United States and reminded the audience that she recently voted against a war funding bill, saying, "The best way to support the troops is finally to start bringing them home."

Jodie Evans, a co-founder of "Code Pink" was not satisfied, saying it was "shameful" that Clinton "would blame the Iraqis for what is happening.

"She is one of those Senators who voted to go into Iraq, she is not taking responsibility for it,” Evans said.

- CNN Political Producer Mike Roselli

soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. B. Chen

    Again, she was not misled. The White House "intelligence" was refuted in the days after they were released. Hillary voted to give up the Constitutional duty of the Congress out of political expediency, nothing else. She is as guilty as the Bush/Cheney junta.

    June 21, 2007 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  2. Mary, Beaver, PA

    Hillary Clinton is despicable. The only thing she supports is anything that will get her elected. She is one of these elitists who think that your "average American" is too stupid to govern himself, so she wants to lead us "for our own good." I liked her book "It Takes a Village to Raise a Village Idiot." She is insincerity to the core!

    June 21, 2007 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  3. Matt Houston, Texas

    Hillary now has her husband campaigning for her...Anybody else think she realizes that she cant win against Obama on her own and is hoping her husband will bail her out again?

    June 21, 2007 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Romney, Clinton, Guiliani are all rotten and can not be trusted.

    Slick Mitt Romney and Clinton notoriously flip flop and will say anything including lie to get elected.

    Rudy is a con-man and seems to surround himself with thugs.

    Please do not vote for Romney, Clinton, or Rudy...all 3 are full of lies.

    June 21, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    Isn't this what they killed Kerry with, the jokes that Cheney still makes today – "He was for the war before he was against it?" "Flip-flop artist"? Sounds like Hillary is doing the same thing. She voted for the war before she was against it.

    June 21, 2007 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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