02 February 2007


Sen. Hillary Clinton - with the shouts of anti-war protesters ringing in her ears - promised in a speech to the Democratic National Committee that she would end the war in Iraq if she's elected president.

Saying she sympathizes with those who are against the war, Clinton said she'd need some help to bring it to an end - at least while she's still in the Senate.

"You have to have 60 votes to cap troops, to limit funding to do anything. If we in Congress don't end this war before January 2009, as president, I will," Clinton said, as quoted by the Associated Press.

Clinton and other Democratic presidential contenders were at the DNC winter meeting today, making their pitch.

It was at this gathering a few years ago when Howard Dean catupulted into the realm of viable candidates by saying he was there "to represent the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party."
Barack Obama reminded party members he was against the war from the start.

John Edwards said non-binding resolutions "that we know this president will ignore" are not enough.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio again called for a cutoff of funding for the war, as he has many times in the past.
Joe Biden, Bill Richardson and Tom Vilsack get their shots tomorrow.

Last night Clinton, speaking to a pro-Israeli lobbying group, called Iran a danger to America and the biggest danger facing Israel. But she also said there is a place for dialogue with Iran, while keeping economic and military options open.

Today, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney called Clinton's stand on Iran's nuclear program "timid."

"At this point, We don't need a listening tour about Iran. Someone who wants to engage Iran displays a troubling timidity toward a terrible threat of a nuclear Iran," Romney told the Republican Study Committee, according to the Associated Press.


Romney may see Clinton as timid on Iran, but according to a new Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll, Americans feel Clinton would be the toughest of all presidential candidates on terrorism.

Sixteen percent of those polled named Clinton when asked which candidate would be the toughest on terrorism. Republicans John McCain and Rudy Giuliani came in second, just one percentage point behind Clinton.

Among Democratic voters questioned on presidential preference, Clinton is well ahead of the pack at 45%. Barack Obama is next at 15%, followed by John Edwards at 12% and Al Gore at 11%.

Among the Republicans asked, Rudy Giuliani is the favorite at 34%. John McCain is next at 22% and Newt Gingrich polled at 15%. The man many pundits are still saying is a top candidate, Mitt Romney, checked in at 3%.


In a poll published today on the Manchester Union Leader's Web site, John McCain is leading Republicans in the state which holds the first primary, while Hillary Clinton leads the pack on the Democratic side.

According to the poll, McCain (27%) leads Giuliani (20%) and Romney (also 20%), while Newt Gingrich polls at 11%.

Among the Democrats, Clinton leads Obama 39% to 19%, with John Edwards polling third at 13%

Both Clinton and McCain widened their leads a little since December in this poll.

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