Hillary Clinton has come under fire for her relatively hawkish stand on the war, but the candidate made an aggressive move Thursday to counter that perception. Joined by antiwar Sen. Robert Byrd, Clinton announced plans to de-authorize the war, saying: “If the president will not bring himself to accept reality, it is time for Congress to bring reality to him.”
Update: Rep. Dennis Kucinich has weighed in on Hillary’s statement, saying: “Now that Senator Clinton supports deauthorization, will she support defunding the war? When someone votes to fund the war 100 percent of the time and then says she supports deauthorization, it looks like a gimmick.”
AP via Yahoo!:
WASHINGTON - Presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday sought to force another showdown with President Bush—and her Democratic rivals—over the Iraq war.
Sens. Clinton, D-N.Y., and Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., announced they would introduce legislation that would require the president to seek a reauthorization from Congress to extend the military effort in Iraq beyond October 11, 2007.
“If the president will not bring himself to accept reality, it is time for Congress to bring reality to him,” Clinton said in a speech on the Senate floor.