Sen. Hillary Clinton’s rivals, trailing badly in polls, sharpened attacks on her foreign policy views, especially over her recent vote on Iran, in last night’s Democratic debate. Her main rivals, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and John Edwards, attacked her on everything from her stance on NAFTA, upon which Obama said she has switched positions, to her vote in favor of the Kyl-Lieberman amendment on Iran.
“Judge Mukasey has been given ample opportunity – both at his confirmation hearings and in his subsequent submission to the Judiciary Committee – to clarify his answers and categorically oppose the unacceptable interrogation techniques employed by this Administration. His failure to do so leaves me no choice but to oppose his nomination.
Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) said he will oppose the nomination of Michael Mukasey for Attorney General, saying the judge “has failed to send a clear signal that he understands the legal and moral issues that are at stake for our country.” Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) also said he will vote to deny Mukasey’s confirmation. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) has yet to indicate how she will vote.
With Iowa’s caucuses less than ten weeks away, the bare knuckles are flying in the party primaries. Barack Obama (D-IL) ratcheted up his attacks on frontrunning Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) over her votes on Iran and Iraq, among other issues. (NYT) Top-tier Republican candidates have sharpened their words over issues such as illegal immigration (AP).
“Trade deals cost us millions of jobs. What do we get in return? Millions of dangerous Chinese toys in our children’s cribs laden with lead. This is the price we are made to pay when trade agreements are decided based on how much they pad the profits for multinational corporations instead of what is best for America’s workers or the safety of America’s consumers.”
Sen. McCain (R-AZ) said on This Week it is vital to stop Iran’s nuclear program but he would not discuss specific military tactics that might be necessary. Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) said on Meet the Press that the new sanctions on Iran are “the right way to go” but warned against the Bush administration’s “drumbeat” toward war.