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Obama, Clinton Respond to Edwards

After former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) named names -- Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) to be exact -- when it came to the differences between the Big 3 on the war in Iraq, the two lawmakers struck back.


Clinton and Obama were quick to respond to Edwards's remarks on the Iraq war. (Reuters)

"There is a difference between leading and following," said Edwards, adding that neither Clinton nor Obama spoke out before their votes against the Iraq war funding bill.

Obama pounced, agreeing that it is "important to lead" before telling Edwards: "You are about four-and-half-years late on leadership on this issue" -- a reference to Edwards's vote for the 2002 use of force resolution.

Clinton's response was more subtly jabbing. "This is George Bush's war," she said, casting the Democrats on stage as unified against the war. She then contrasted those who are speaking from outside the political process to those "working on the inside" to effect change.

-- Chris Cillizza

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  June 3, 2007; 7:22 PM ET
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Posted by: anonymous | June 4, 2007 11:08 AM | Report abuse

I love Bill Richardson. He has been a great Governor of New Mexico, but he is not quick, "loose" today, he stutters and hesitates. Get with it Bill.

Posted by: vk | June 3, 2007 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Where does Gravel think he is going with this. Does he actually believe that he has a chance?

Posted by: mg | June 3, 2007 8:42 PM | Report abuse

I like Clinton's attitude that she was the leader on health coverage, but why is she letting Edwards and Obama dominate the issue?

Posted by: DTM | June 3, 2007 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Edwards is being really nice to Obama, its cute.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 3, 2007 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Yeah saying " I trusted Bush." sounds alot crappier than " I was wrong." Trusting men hasn't served Hillary well.

Posted by: Gem | June 3, 2007 7:41 PM | Report abuse

The only ones offering any clear thinking for ending the war is Edwards and Kucinich.

Posted by: Paul | June 3, 2007 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Why do we have to tolerate the nit wit questions of second rate news anchors like Wolfe Blitzer who seeks a stupid sound bite. Edwards and Obama are leaders the rest are just yapping.

Posted by: Paul | June 3, 2007 7:39 PM | Report abuse

If Hillary was truly fighting to end the war, why did she vote for increased funding on all bills up until the most recent one? Additionally, on this most recent bill, she was very quiet about how she was going to vote. That's not leadership.

What is equally disturbing, is that Hillary trusted Bush.

Posted by: Amy | June 3, 2007 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama got a two-fer on that one (his comment about the original vote obviously applied to Clinton as well, and in case anyone missed that fact, Edwards made it clear for him).

Posted by: DTM | June 3, 2007 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Edwards is leading on the war now. He's the one calling for bold moves. Clinton and Obama are being cautious and politically calculating. Edwards is absolutely right that they didn't say anything about their votes on the recent funding bill before casting them. If they had an opinion on this, why wouldn't they speak.

I like Edwards's honesty in saying he was wrong on the war vote, and I also like the fact that he's the one leading NOW.

Posted by: Laura P. | June 3, 2007 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Biden should really stop screaming.

Posted by: Gem | June 3, 2007 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the Post should splurge for two live bloggers.

Posted by: Gem | June 3, 2007 7:29 PM | Report abuse

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