Clinton in Iowa
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton commented on President Bush's expectation that the next in office will inherit the current Iraq situation. Senator Clinton said the President should take care of the war in Iraq before he leaves office in 2009 and not leave the responsibility to the next president.
Clinton also defended her vote to send troops into Iraq in 2002. "I acted on the best judgment I had at the time," she said. "If we had known then what we know now, there never would have been a vote, and I never would have voted to give the president the authority." (As reported in the Pioneer Press and The New York Times)
Clinton's likely competition for the Democratic Nomination in 2008, former Senator John Edwards , has also been defending his vote supporting military action in Iraq.
Although Bush's plan for Iraq was a main talking point in Iowa, Clinton also dealt with questions concerning health care, standards for trade and labor, and the possibility of becoming the first female president.