Time‘s The Page blog lists in full the presidential candidates’ responses to Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto’s assassination today. The candidates all expressed condolences to Bhutto’s family and followers, as well as grave concern about the region’s stability. Most of the candidates also emphasized the need for continued U.S. pressure on President Pervez Musharraf to stay on the path to democracy in Pakistan.
“The idea that somehow this is a go-it-alone policy is just simply ludicrous. One would only have to be not observing the facts, let me say that, to say that this is now a go-it-alone foreign policy.”
Gov. Bill Richardson, running about fourth Democratic presidential polls, attacked Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) yesterday for saying recently she would withdraw almost all troops from Iraq within a year of taking office. “She’s been saying she would keep troops in Iraq for five years, until 2013, and now she comes up with an inconsistent, incredible turnaround,” Richardson told the New York Times.
Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) has ended his campaign for the Republican nomination. Though Tancredo’s campaign centered on his firm opposition to illegal immigration, he struggled to hold onto that niche as more prominent Republican candidates latched onto the anti-illegal immigration theme. In a December 2007 Republican debate in which other candidates argued forcefully over whom among them was toughest on immigration, Tancredo complained that they were all “trying to out-Tancredo Tancredo.”
In a blog post, Gov. Bill Richardson criticized his Democratic presidential rivals again on Iraq. “Some of my fellow candidates have decided to stop talking about Iraq,” he said. “I’m not sure if they think the surge is working, or just that their polls tell them it is simpler and safer to follow the media’s lead and just forget our brave troops and what this war is costing us.”
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson’s new campaign ad, titled “All Out,” draws contrast between himself and the frontrunning Democrats on Iraq:
In her final fundraising push before the January 3 Iowa caucuses for presidential candidates, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) drew some 700 supporters to a Chicago fundraiser last night. At the event, billed as her “Illinois Grand Finale,” Clinton repeated her line from last week’s DesMoines Register debate subtly digging at her Democratic opponents, John Edwards and Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL): “Some people believe you get change by demanding it. Some people believe you get change by hoping for it. I believe you get change by working really, really hard.”
None of the four Democratic Senators running for president attended yesterday’s vote approving an additional $70 billion in funding for the wars (WashPost) in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Democratic candidates have been running on a platform of removing or heavily redeploying U.S. troops in Iraq.