December 21st, 2007
08:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Clinton warns voters not to go light on foreign policy experience

Clinton is campaigning in Iowa.

(CNN) - Democrat Hillary Clinton seemed to launch a new line attack against her leading Democratic rival Thursday, warning voters not to chose a candidate who lacks foreign policy experience because "that kind of logic got us George Bush."

"It is tempting any time things seem quieter for a minute on the international front to think that we don't need a president who is up to speed on foreign affairs and military matters," Clinton said at an Iowa campaign stop.

"That's the kind of logic that got us George Bush in the first place," she continued. "Experience in foreign affairs is critical for ending the war in Iraq, averting war in Iran, negotiating a Middle East peace and dealing with North Korea."

The line seemed to be a swipe at Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, one of Clinton's closest rivals for the Democratic nomination. Obama has served in the Senate since 2005.

Obama spokesman Bill Burton sounded the campaign's familiar mantra in response - that what Obama lacks in foreign policy experience he makes up in judgment.

“While Senator Clinton takes a break from her ‘likeability tour’ to go back on the attack, Sen. Obama, the only major candidate who opposed both the Iraq war and the rush to war in Iran, will continue to demonstrate why he has the judgment to turn the page on the Bush-Cheney foreign policy,” Burton said.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Iowa
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  1. Equal Opportunity for Wives in America :o)

    Everyone knows Michelle wears the pants in the Obama family. So what is everyone so worried about? America ran just fine under 8 years of Nancy Reagan didn't it 😉 I'm sure Michelle is equally as capable too!

    December 24, 2007 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
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