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Clinton's language on Iraq

From NBC's Chuck Todd, Andrew Merten, and Domenico Montanaro:
Earlier we asked the question, "Did Clinton change her Iraq war vote answer?" It does appear she hasn't changed the answer much.

Here's what she has said:


You know, that was a sincere vote based on my assessment that sending inspectors back into Iraq to determine once and for all whether Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, and using coercive diplomacy, was not an unreasonable act.  What I did not count on, and what none of us did, who voted to give the president authority, is that he had no intention to let the inspectors finish their job.

And if George Bush had allowed the inspectors to finish the job they had started, we would've known that Saddam Hussein did not have WMD, and we would not have gone and invaded Iraq.
I was thoroughly briefed.

From the NBC debate in South Carolina on 4/26:

SEN. CLINTON:  Well, Brian, I take responsibility for my vote. Obviously I did as good a job I could at the time. It was a sincere vote based on the information available to me. And I've said many times that if I knew then what I now know, I would not have voted that way.

But I think the real question before us is, what do we do now? How do we try to persuade or require this president to change course? He is stubbornly refusing to listen to the will of the American people. He threatens to veto the legislation we passed, which has been something that all of us have been advocating for a number of years now. And I can only hope that he will not veto it.

And I can only end by saying that, you know, if the president does not get us out of Iraq, when I'm president, I will.

From Davenport, Iowa, January 2007:
"If we had known then what we  now know, there never would  have been a vote, and I never would have voted to give this president the authority."