Clinton vs. Edwards
A spokesman for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, on Jan. 14 ripped into 2008 White House contender John Edwards, the New York Post reports.
The broadside from the Clinton campcamejusthoursafterMr.Edwards,inHarlem,deliveredasharp condemnation — clearly aimed at Mrs. Clinton, although he didn’t mention her by name — of those who fail to “speak out” against the war in Iraq, the newspaper said.
“Silence is betrayal, and I believe it is a betrayal not to speak out against the escalation of the war in Iraq,” Mr. Edwards, a former North Carolina Democratic senator, told a crowd at Manhattan’s Riverside Church, where Martin Luther King had declared his opposition to the Vietnam War.
“If you’re in Congress, and you know that this war is going in the wrong direction [. . .] it is no longer OK to study your options and keep your own private counsel,” he said. “Silence is betrayal. Speak out and stop this escalation now.”
Mr. Edwards’ hit on the presumed front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination was not lost on the Clinton team, which sees criticism from Iraq war opponents as one of the major threats to her expected campaign.
“In 2004, John Edwards used to constantly brag about running a positive campaign. Today, he has unfortunately chosen to open his campaign with political attacks on Democrats who are fighting the Bush administration’s Iraq policy,” Clinton adviser Howard Wolfson said.