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Clinton and Obama Vote No on Iraq War Funding

The vote was 80-14:

Courting the anti-war constituency, Democratic presidential rivals
Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama both voted against legislation that pays for the
Iraq war but lacks a timeline for troop withdrawal.

"I fully support our troops" but the measure "fails to compel the president to give our troops a new strategy in Iraq," said Clinton, a New York senator.

"Enough is enough," Obama, an Illinois senator, declared, adding that
President Bush should not get "a blank check to continue down this same, disastrous path."

Their votes Thursday night continued a shift in position for the two presidential hopefuls, both of whom began the year shunning a deadline for a troop withdrawal.

On a vote of 80-14, the Senate cleared the measure and sent it to Bush.

Both Clinton and Obama have faced intense pressure from the party's liberal wing and Democratic presidential challengers who urged opposition to the measure because it doesn't include a timeline to pull forces out of Iraq.

No big surprise that Obama and Clinton voted "no" to bow to their moonbat base. They had to do something to compete with Edwards' claim that the war against terrorism is just a bumper sticker slogan.


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Kennedy was sweatin' bullet... (Below threshold)
Rovin:

Kennedy was sweatin' bullets all day acting like he was the majority leader and Harry was no where to be seen. I guess the Dems thought they better get something done (they thought they could brag about) before they got home this weekend to catch the ration from their constituents.

The trade-off was a pathetic and rushed immigration bill that will need to be refined/revamped........better that nothing? Who knows.

Now (at least) GW can tell General Petraeus the political games the left has been playing with the lives of his troops (and 30 million Iraqi) is over for a bit. Now the General has the summer to win the war/peace, 'cause it will be up to the Iraqi's to carry their own ball after that.

Three cheers for the sane portion of the democratic party that finally came to their senses, well most of them. Hillary voted not to support the troops and that may be a defining (Kerry) moment for her ambitions. MOVE-ON THAT!

Why, Obama and Hillary are ... (Below threshold)
kim:

Why, Obama and Hillary are playing chicken.

Why did the chicken cross the road?

He didn't. He ran back just before getting there.
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The question is, How many A... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

The question is, How many American Soldiers and Iraqi citizens died as a direct result of the democrats game of gottcha, that they knew they could not win, except in the minds of the terrorists, ( proxy's killers for the democrats) who spent the months of delay killing women, children, and anyone else trying to live a normal life? I kept waiting, well hoping, for a disgruntled B-52 crew to get fed up and make a massive bomb run on congress.

Great news. It looks like ... (Below threshold)
Mike:

Great news. It looks like Edwards is going to drive Obama and Clinton further and further to the left. Pretty soon they'll be saying the War on Terror doesn't exist and 9/11 was our fault. At this rate, the electability argument on our side will no longer hold water. We don't need to nominate a moderate/liberal Republican to beat these guys. We need to stick to our guns and nominate a true conservative.

Instapundit had the best li... (Below threshold)
brainy435:

Instapundit had the best line on this: "FOR IT BEFORE THEY WERE AGAINST IT BEFORE THEY VOTED FOR IT..."

Are we ever going to win th... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

Are we ever going to win the
War on Drugs? ..

War on terror is like War on earthquakes

Yes it is only a slogan..
The Iraq War ended in victory..That was a War..

by the way do ya all really want to discuss flip-flops without mentioning say... Mitt?

Enjoy your week end..eat well with family and friends..if you get a chance... stop by a military cemetery...give pause..

They also voted agaainst in... (Below threshold)
Aubrey:

They also voted agaainst increasing the minimum wage, since that was in the bill as well. I don't exxpect to see that reported anywhere.

Postal grow up. What sort ... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Postal grow up. What sort of argument is that you present? Is it not possible for you to stay on track when discussing something or must you always bring in another element that has nothing to do with the topic. There is a world of difference between the job of a State Chief Executive and that of Senator. Senators talk shit and Governors get things done. Romney is qualified to be President based upon his past. Obama and Clinton are not qualified to be President based on their past.




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