June 28th, 2007
11:15 PM ET
9 years ago

Gravel slams opponents in spin room

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel made the trip to the Spin room following tonight's presidential forum and defended his earlier comment that several of the Democratic presidential candidates lack all "moral judgment."

Asked to clarify what he meant by the statement, Gravel said the Senate Democratic candidates who supported the war's authorization "squandered the money that could have gone to Katrina, healthcare and other projects."

"That is a lack of moral judgment," he said.

"This is a competition for president of the United States, not president of Harvard," he added.

Sens. Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, Joe Biden and former Sen. John Edwards all voted to authorize the Iraq war.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Chris Dodd • Hillary Clinton • Iraq • Joe Biden • John Edwards • Mike Gravel • Race to '08 • Senate
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Mike, Omaha Nebraska

    Well, I do not think we should vote for a candidate who voted for the war. There were those who voted against. Paul Wellstone being one of them.

    I respect and pledge my vote to Sen. Obama since he has been the vocal voice against the war for so long. He put his political future on the line by taking an unpopular vote and standing up for what he believed.

    Clinton, Edwards, and the rest allowed themselves to be used and are unfit to be President for that reason.

    June 28, 2007 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  2. Anoymous

    He was great...as way his talk of abolishing the personal income tax and dramatically slashing our defense budget.

    We're spending more on defense now than we did in the Cold War to fight an enemy that runs around in sandals and hides in caves.

    June 29, 2007 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  3. MDavi; Harlem, NY

    i graduated from howard u many years ago, though i now live in nyc, so i watched the dem debate on pbs with great anticipation. my wife and i found ourselves agreeing with mike gravel on many issues and we want to take a closer look at this guy. the other dems were pretty predictable (staus quo); though i have to say we thought biden and dodd were solid as well. but gravel resonated with us on the positions. what dems don't understand is that the american people understand this election is a chance to do something radically different in our direction and just because one has the most money or gets the most press, doesn't mean they're going to last. the debate itself was a yawner, but we learned a couple of things about the candidates, including that we want to take a closer look at gravel. we're still scratching our heads as to why immigration never came up.

    June 29, 2007 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  4. Frederic C. Schultz, San Diego, CA

    See what happened to Sen. Paul Wellstone and his family and supporters because he opposed the war!!?? These Bushies don't play games!! We must all fear for our lives now that their support in the polls is around 30%!!
    Gravel forgot to mention that those in Congress who were elected to end the war but have not cut off funding for it are equally culpable today as they were when they initially voted to authorize use of force in Iraq.

    June 29, 2007 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  5. Mary, Beaver, PA

    I agree with gravel. Clinton, Dodd and Edwards were all on the bandwagon for this war because they knew it was a bill of goods that was already sold to the public. Not one of them had the brains or the guts to question Bush's motives and information.

    June 29, 2007 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. Joe, Champaign IL

    Mike Gravel is correct, we need to stay on target and not just ask the questions to our politicians, but hold them up to standards. Shouldn't we always be looking to make changes to problems in our country? If we aren't, then we're just intellectually lazy and lack the willpower to move out of a 20th century society.

    I'm personally not expecting a cultural shift to come from the average nominee, who's independently wealthy and isn't in the same boat as the rest of us.

    June 29, 2007 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  7. Mike, HI

    "I respect and pledge my vote to Sen. Obama since he has been the vocal voice against the war for so long. He put his political future on the line by taking an unpopular vote and standing up for what he believed."

    ...Perhaps you're talking of Kucinich? Obama wasn't even elected to the Senate until the war was declining in popularity.

    I like Gravel, and respect what he's doing. I think it's pretty clear he's not so much trying to become the next President, but working to call politicians on their BS and make the political dialogue in this country a bit more legitimate. We definitely need a lot of that, as the media has proven itself incapable of doing it.

    June 29, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |