Obama Says Clinton Giving 'Revisionist History' on Iraq
Barack Obama, who in the last two months has cast Hillary Clinton as divisive, a candidate whose time has passed and lacking in judgment for voting for the Iraq War, now has a different critique: Clinton as a flip-flopper.
"What's clear when you look at her statements [on Iraq] and her approach to the problem, she was too willing to give the president a blank check," he told the Associated Press in New Hampshire in a interview. "There's been a little bit of revisionist history since that time, where she indicates she was only authorizing only inspectors or additional diplomacy."
He also criticized Clinton's position on whether it is acceptable for the U.S. to torture terrorist suspects in so-called ticking time bomb situations, which the New York Senator had once said she supported before last month declaring she opposed torture in all situations.
"I think it's very important for any Democratic nominee to be very clear on this issue and not waffle," Obama said.
In the interview, Obama continued to attack Clinton for her vote for the war, saying "I think it's important for voters in New Hampshire, as they look forward, to see who got the most important foreign policy discussion since the Cold War right and who got it wrong."
Responding to the interview, Clinton spokesman Phil Singer said "Senator Obama is well aware that Senator Clinton will end the war in Iraq, opposes torture and has made clear that George Bush does not have the authority to attack Iran. Attacks on other Democrats wont bring about the change we need, but electing Senator Clinton will."
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