Tuesday, January 23, 2007

RNC's first stab at Hillary the Candidate

(from Hotline)

(How long have they been waiting to use that word?)

The Research Briefing is after the break.

(Says Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson: "Republicans attacking on Iraq? Funny.")

Clinton Advisor Said Sen. Hillary Clinton's (D-NY) Vote For Use Of Force Was Vote For Negotiations:

Clinton Advisor Terry McAuliffe: "She voted to give the President the authority to negotiate and to have a stick to go over there and negotiate with Saddam Hussein." (NBC's "Today Show," 1/22/07)

Sound Familiar? Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) Kicked Off Campaign Claiming Use Of Force Was Not A Vote For Force, Either:

Sen. Kerry Announcement Of Candidacy In 2003. Sen. Kerry: "I voted to threaten the use of force to make Saddam Hussein comply with the resolutions of the United Nations." (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At Announcement Of Candidacy, Patriot's Point, S.C., 9/2/03)

Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) Claims Kerry Believed "Use Of Force" Vote Was A "Use Of Negotiations" Vote. "Levin said Kerry believed the resolution would help President Bush negotiate with Iraq but didn't think Bush would use it to go to war." (Dee-Ann Durbin, "Levin, Stabenow Endorsing Kerry," The Associated Press, 2/5/04)

Clinton's Latest Criticism On Iraq, No Doubt Caters To Left Wing:

"Clinton ... Has Been Criticized By Many In The Party's Left Wing For Voting To Authorize The Iraq War In October 2002 ..." (Glenn Thrush, "Race For President Clinton Will Run," [New York] Newsday, 1/21/07)

"Clinton's Third Trip To Iraq Comes As She Faces Pressure From Her Party's Left Wing To Renounce Her Vote." (Glenn Thrush, "Shuttle Diplomacy," [New York] Newsday, 1/13/07)

"Clinton ... Had Been Criticized By The Democratic Party's Left Wing For Voting To Authorize The War In 2002 And Not Taking Hard Stance Against It Later." (Charlotte Raab, "Clinton Steps Up Bush Criticism As She Mulls Presidential Bid," Agence France Presse, 1/18/07)

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