2008 Who’s Irresponsible and Naïve Now?
posted by July 24 at 16:25 PMon
People clearly disagree about the import of the Edwards-Clinton jacket exchange at the YouTube/CNN debate last night.
But almost everyone seems to see meaning in another moment: The answers from Clinton and Obama on whether they would meet with controversial foreign leaders as president. Today the Clinton and Obama campaigns are trading hard hits over who said what last night, and what it all meant.
A moment from last night’s debate has burst into a full-blown dispute today between Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama, the two leading Democratic presidential candidates. It is their first public wrangling.
Senator Obama said in the debate that he would meet with the leaders of rogue nations; Senator Clinton said she would first make sure that such meetings were not intended as propaganda.
Pundits generally saw hers as the better answer, underscoring her experience on the world stage and at the same time casting Senator Obama as inexperienced.
Today, Senator Clinton drove home the point by directly criticizing Senator Obama’s statement.
“I thought that was irresponsible and frankly naïve,” Mrs. Clinton told the Quad-City Times in Iowa.
Here’s the video:
And here’s the response from Obama:
For his part, Mr. Obama said the Clinton campaign was creating a “fabricated controversy” and suggested that Mrs. Clinton’s position was a continuation of Bush administration policies.
He also sought to use the exchange to highlight perhaps his biggest difference with Mrs. Clinton and one that he believes makes her vulnerable with Democratic primary voters — her support to authorize the Iraq war. Mr. Obama, who was not in the Senate at the time of the 2002 vote, opposed the authorization. Today he told the newspaper that Mrs. Clinton’s vote then was “irresponsible and naïve.”