Obama Scoffs at Clinton War Claim

By Jennifer Parker

Nov 28, 2007 4:32pm

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller Reports: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., scoffed Wednesday at former President Bill Clinton’s recent claim that he opposed the Iraq war from the very beginning.

"Well if he did," Obama said on a conference call with reporters, "I don’t think most of us have heard about it."

"My understanding is that Senator Clinton and him were talking frequently. So you’ll have to talk to them about whether they discussed this issue at all," he said.

When asked about the difference between his health care plan and Sen. Hillary Clinton’s plan, Obama said they’re not all that different.

But, he said, Clinton has not specified how she would enforce a mandate for coverage.

"[It's] more of a political point that she’s trying to make rather than a real point," Obama said. 

The issue of mandates for health care has driven the debate between Clinton and Obama for the past few weeks. Obama says he would enforce his mandate for health care for all children by fining parents if they refused to allow health care coverage for their children.

"I am happy to be very clear how we enforce mandates for children, and the reason is because children don’t have an option."

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