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

Clinton, Obama foreign policy advisers get heated


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. Blackout

    Get ready for the "American blackout 2008" in November!
    It doesn't matter if Hillary wins the Democratic election she will not win the presidential election. Millions of African-American votes will "magical " disappear.

    April 27, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  2. Grif

    First!!! Hillary did not say.."We will attack Iran"... Read the Script... CnnNews, Not Fictional New's

    April 27, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  3. tyrone

    I watched this this morning and boy it was good, Susan Rice,Barack's advisor, did not let Clinton's advisor Jamie Rubin get away with anything. She was really good!

    April 27, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. Grif

    I just hope CNN, will be much more Responsible, should Iran obtain more investment from Russia... Do your Homework...Fail and the real defence of any Country..l The Media!!!! Also fail the peole....

    April 27, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. Fazio

    Did you see how Mr. Rubin wouldn't answer Wolf's question? But instead attempt to twist a quote of Obama to inject doubt into the minds of the viewing public?

    Man, these guys are a piece of work... or a piece of something else.

    April 27, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. American

    to hillary,

    maybe this time u should send
    your husband
    you daughter
    your mother, and your entire family to the war with iran.

    p.s. shame on u Jamie Rubin.

    clinton=G.Bush The Third

    April 27, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  7. jimmy vekmen



    April 27, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  8. polanco from NJ

    I hope Obamaniacs wake up , this is only one thing out of a bounch. The republicans want Obama to win this nomination and are waiting for him loaded up with amunitions for his empty positions in almost everything

    April 27, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  9. spinners

    Let's obliterate the surrogates and let the candidates debate.

    April 27, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  10. SLO Bear

    Hillary is Bush-league scary on foreign policy.

    April 27, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  11. Susan MO

    It is obvious that Obama lacks experience.

    This concerns us.

    April 27, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  12. Kevin

    I love this Lady Susan Rice. She knows what she is talking about. Go Obama. Rubin wants a second Job from the Clinton's that will never be.

    April 27, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  13. Never ever support Obama

    I watched the show morning it was great show Thanks to Rubin he didn’t give up till Susan understand the word “ able” Obama also politician. 4 months back we didn’t know about Obama. Now we know
    Hillary 08

    April 27, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  14. Juan Grain

    Hillary, call your dog girl 🙂

    April 27, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. Indiana voter

    No offense but the Jamie Rubin sounded drunk.

    April 27, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  16. john m

    Clinton adviser Jamie Rubin shines - he is brilliant and fair;
    Susan Rice is logically speaking horrible.

    April 27, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  17. Ann, MI

    It was completely irresponsible of Clinton to state that we would obliterate Iran. Is this what she means by "I'm a fighter?"

    April 27, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  18. Colin

    Susan Rice is so sexy. Wow. She can "advise" me on foreign policy any day. 😉

    April 27, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  19. paul oregon

    sounds like billary is doing a littlt war mongering like mccain. if the media wasnt so afraid of the clintons maybe they could ask her if bush going to help her pay for the war ?

    April 27, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  20. Darryl

    Hillary Clinton, she do not have skills to talk to people she like a school yard bully. She use the political power of he husband and his network. Sorry, Clinton would start WWIII.

    April 27, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  21. Kim

    Does not change the fact that Hillary is spouting warmonger rhetoric to try to sound tough. It does not sound tough it sounds scary just like McLame.

    April 27, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  22. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Jamie Ruben debates what Hillary says about obliterating Iran as if American people didn't understand a word she said, implying that we're stupid. Then Jamie Ruben goes on to say that "if Pres. Bush fails" then in some many words Hillary would carry out Bush's policy. Hillary can't be trusted.

    April 27, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  23. Ilona Proud Canadian

    cnn, have all the bloggers deserted us???

    April 27, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  24. BL

    What Obama said in 2006 makes what he says now a flat out lie...

    April 27, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  25. no more Hill-Billys

    it is time for hill-billys to go to their kitchen. where it is hot.

    obama for president

    April 27, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
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