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Republican National Committee: Hillary's Iraq Backtrack

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2008-03-17 08:05:31     
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The following is being issued by the Republican National Committee:

Today, Sen. Clinton Is Expected To Give A Major Foreign Policy Address On Iraq Ahead Of The Fifth Anniversary Of The War:

CNN's Jim Acosta: "Hillary Clinton will be focusing on this issue [Iraq] tomorrow [March 17] in a major foreign policy address set to happen in Washington, D.C., again, on this eve of the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war." (CNN's "Newsroom," 3/16/07)

In 2002, Sen. Clinton Voted "With Conviction" For The Iraq War Resolution, But Now Says She Would Not Have Voted In Favor Of The War:

Sen. Clinton: "This is a difficult vote. This is probably the hardest decision I have ever had to make. Any vote that may lead to war should be hard, but I cast it with conviction. ... So it is with conviction that I support this resolution as being in the best interests of our Nation." (Sen. Hillary Clinton, Congressional Record, 10/10/02, pp. S10289-S10290)

Sen. Clinton: "If I had been president in October of 2002, I would not have started this war." (Sen. Hillary Clinton, Remarks At The Democratic National Committee Winter Meeting, Washington, DC, 2/2/07)

In 2005, Sen. Clinton Said Setting A Date For Withdrawal Would Be A "Green Light" To Insurgents To Just Bide Their Time, But Now Says She Will Begin Withdrawal Within 60 Days Of Taking Office:

Sen. Clinton: "I think [withdrawal] would be a mistake. We don't want to send a signal to the insurgents, to the terrorists, that we are going to be out of here at some, you know, date certain. I think that would be like a green light to go ahead and just bide your time." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 2/20/05)

Sen. Clinton: "I will start bringing [troops] home within 60 days." (Sen. Hillary Clinton, Remarks At George Washington University, Washington, DC, 2/25/08)

In May 2007, Sen. Clinton Said She Would "Of Course" Provide Funding For The Troops, But Voted Against An Emergency Iraq Spending Bill Just Weeks Later:

"Clinton Said She 'Of Course' Eventually Will Support A Measure Paying For The Troops..." (Mike Glover, "Clinton Won't Set Early Fund Restriction," The Associated Press, 5/7/07)

Sen. Clinton Voted Against Providing $94.4 Billion In Critical Funding For The Troops In Iraq And Afghanistan. (H.R. 2206, CQ Vote #181: Passed 80-14: R 42-3; D 37-10; I 1-1, 5/24/07, Clinton Voted Nay)

-- NOTE: Sen. Clinton Also Voted Against $70 Billion In Emergency Iraq Funding In November 2007. (S. 2340, CQ Vote #410: Rejected 45-53: R 44-3; D 0-49; I 1-1, 11/16/07, Clinton Voted Nay)

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