From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
Obama's not really that against the Iraq war, and he's a something of a hypocrite, was the message once again from the Clinton campaign. The Clinton campaign has hammered this issue over and over for months -- most famously, there was Bill Clinton calling his position on Iraq a "fairy tale."
But when (now former) top Obama foreign policy adviser Samantha Power told BBC that Obama "will, of course, not rely on some plan that he's crafted as a presidential candidate or a U.S. Senator," the Clinton campaign found something tangible to seize on. They did it Friday in a conference call with reporters and did it again today -- this time in a conference call with Lee Feinstein, the campaign's chief foreign policy adviser, Gen. Wesley Clark, Admiral Joe Sestak and Lt. Gen. Joe Ballard.
"Candidates should not tell voters one thing and have advisers tell BBC others," said Communications Director Howard Wolfson said. "You should not hit another candidate for a position you hold. …This is something voters should be particularly concerned about."
Clinton herself has not set a date for withdrawal and has said she would take into consideration the advice of military personnel on the ground to assess the situation in Jan. 2009. But it's not about that, the campaign said; it's that Obama is being inconsistent.
'Resolve' and 'conviction'
Talking points alert: Clark, Sestak and Ballard each used the words "resolve" and "conviction" to describe Clinton and called into question Obama's.
"What I heard from the Obama campaign raises concern," Clark said. "It comes down to resolve and conviction ….That's why I'm for Clinton -- she has the resolve and conviction."