Clin­ton vs. Ed­wards

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

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.

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