Iran General NewsEdwards hits anew at Clinton on Iran

Edwards hits anew at Clinton on Iran


AP: Democrat John Edwards took a new slap at presidential rival Hillary Rodham Clinton on the issue of Iran on Monday, but sidestepped a question on whether he thinks the Iranian Revolutionary Guard is a terrorist organization. The Associated Press


Associated Press Writer

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – Democrat John Edwards took a new slap at presidential rival Hillary Rodham Clinton on the issue of Iran on Monday, but sidestepped a question on whether he thinks the Iranian Revolutionary Guard is a terrorist organization.

Edwards told reporters after a campaign event in eastern Iowa that he and his presidential rival agree the election is about change. But he added, “I think if you defend the system in Washington, you’re for the status quo; if you want to continue the occupation in Iraq, you’re for the status quo, and if you’re not willing to stand up to Bush and Cheney on Iran, that’s the status quo.”

Edwards has repeatedly criticized Clinton for voting for a Senate resolution in September that declared the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. Edwards maintains that vote has allowed President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney to “rattle the sabers” of war concerning Iran.

When asked whether he believed the Iranian Guard to be a terrorist organization, Edwards answered instead how he felt about the Senate vote.

“There was no reason for the Senate to vote on the question to begin with,” he said. “I think it was a mistake. I would have voted no had I been in the Senate, and I think it’s very important … to show real strength against Bush and Cheney on this particular issue.”

When a reporter told Edwards that rival Barack Obama has said he would have voted against the resolution even though he believes the Iranian Guard is a terrorist organization, Edwards responded: “I stand by what I said.”

The former North Carolina senator was joined at the event in Davenport and Iowa City by singer-songwriters Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne.

The musicians kicked off the event playing guitars and singing songs including “I Am a Patriot,” with lyrics of “And I ain’t no Democrat, and I ain’t no Republican, I only know one party, and it is freedom.”

Raitt, who embraced Edwards when he took the stage, told the crowd that this is “the most important election cycle of my lifetime.”

Before the duo played Raitt’s hit song, “Thing Called Love,” she said, “I’m ready for a thing called Edwards love, that’s what I’m ready for.”

At a later stop in Iowa city, Edwards said the war is costing American families too much. Based on a controversial report by congressional Democrats, Edwards said that if troops stay in Iraq for the next decade, the war would cost a family of four more than $37,000. That’s more than an undergraduate education at the University of Iowa, he said.

Edwards wants up to 50,000 troops immediately pulled from Iraq, and says if elected he’d withdraw all combat forces within about 10 months. He’s consistently criticized Clinton for her unwillingness to set a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops.

“To me that’s a continuation of the war and a continuation of the occupation, and we must end this occupation and we must end this war,” Edwards said.

Meanwhile, a new Washington Post/ABC poll shows Edwards continuing in third place in Iowa, behind Obama and Clinton. It shows Obama with 30 percent support among likely Democratic caucus-goers, Clinton with 26 percent and Edwards with 22 percent.


On the Net:

John Edwards:

Latest news

Iran’s Regime Inches Toward Nuclear Weapons

Iran’s regime is once again at the center of a dangerous escalation of the proliferation of nuclear weapons. A...

US Congress Expresses Support for Iranian People’s Quest for a Democratic, Secular Republic

Several bipartisan members of the U.S. House of Representatives have presented a resolution (H. RES. 100) supporting the Iranian...

Wave Of Poisoning Attacks Against Schools Leave Hundreds Sick

Iran has been shaken for three months by serial poisoning attacks against all-girls schools, which has left more than...

Iranian Security Forces Beat Baluch Doctor To Death

On Thursday, February 23, activists in Sistan and Baluchestan provinces reported the news of the death of Dr. Ebrahim...

World Powers Should Hear The Voice Of Iranians, Not Dictators And Their Remnants

Iran’s nationwide uprising continues despite its ups and down. The clerical system’s demise no longer seems a dream but...

The Rial Continues To Sink, Hits Record 500,000 Marks Against The Dollar

The US dollar increased in price by more than 11 percent in February and grew to more than 500,000...

Must read

Iran significantly ‘speeds up nuclear enrichment’

AFP: Iran has significantly stepped up the pace at...

Iran “not close” to nuclear weapon: Gates

Reuters: Iran is not close to having a nuclear...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you