Hillary Clinton may be the front-runner, but her campaign has been doing a bit of damage control in Iowa over the senator’s vote to declare Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization, a move critics believe is a prelude to war with Iran. Clinton sent out a mass mailing explaining her vote and insisting that she opposes military action “without full Congressional approval.”
The letter is included in a mailing that advertises an “important letter from Hillary inside.”
“Let me be clear on Iran—I am opposed to letting President Bush take any military action against that country without full Congressional approval,” the letter’s second paragraph begins, after a more general paragraph describing Iran as one of America’s “adversaries.”
Clinton is on the defensive because she was alone among the Democratic candidates in voting for a resolution September 27 that pressed the Bush administration to declare Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group. Sens. Joe Biden and Chris Dodd voted against the bill, and former Sen. John Edwards opposed it.