Edwards Attacks Clinton on Iraq
Former Sen. John Edwards had sharp words for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday, accusing her of proposing a plan for Iraq that would not end the war.
"A week ago Sunday, Hillary Clinton said that she would continue to conduct combat missions in Iraq. If you're not ending combat operations, you're not ending the war," Edwards said during a campaign speech in New Hampshire, according to a release issued by his campaign. "Our party, the Democratic Party, has to offer the American people real change, and that starts with ending this war for good, not just trimming it. Because being just a little bit better than the Republicans is not reason enough to be the President of the United States."
Edwards is stepping up his attacks on the Democratic frontrunner as she is consolidating her national lead, but as the two and Sen. Barack Obama remain in a three-way tie in Iowa, where the first primary contest will be held. In his speech, Edwards also announced a proposal to end the outsourcing of security in Iraq, on the heels of congressional hearings on the work of the security firm Blackwater.
--Anne E. Kornblut
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