Posted: September 12, 2007 5:45 PM
Dodd Slams Clinton, Obama for Murky Iraq Plans
Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., accused his fellow Senate colleagues Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on Wednesday of ‘stepping backwards on Iraq. The attack comes one day after all three Democratic presidential candidates heard testimony from Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Iraq, and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker.
Dodd criticized Obama and Clinton for not stating whether they would support a firm, enforceable deadline for redeploying U.S. forces from Iraq. In light of Tuesday’s testimony, Dodd said, “It is clear … that half-measures aren’t going to stop this president or end our involvement in this civil war.”
Also on Wednesday, the Dodd campaign released a Web video urging voters to contact their senators and “ask them to reject any Iraq legislation that does not include enforceable deadlines for withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq.”
On Sept. 8, Dodd unveiled a comprehensive Cuba policy in Miami. He called the current U.S. policy toward Cuba “an abject failure.” Dodd said his reforms would include ending the trade embargo and lifting travel restrictions, which would help bring families closer together.
This upcoming week, Dodd has a number of campaign events planned. On Sept. 14, he plans to appear on NBC’s “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” Dodd will be in Iowa over the weekend for a series of events, including the 30th Annual Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola on Sunday. The steak fry is being hosted by Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, and six of the eight Democratic presidential candidates are expected to attend.