By Jaketapper

Feb 3, 2008 11:01am

Interesting contrast of quotes:

Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, on her war vote, from Thursday night’s Democratic debate:

"I believe that it is abundantly clear that the case that was outlined on behalf of going to the resolution — not going to war, but going to the resolution — was a credible case. I was told personally by the White House that they would use the resolution to put the inspectors in. I worked with Senator Levin to make sure we gave them all the intelligence so we would know what’s there…I think I made a reasoned judgment. Unfortunately, the person who actually got to execute the policy did not…I believe strongly that we needed to put inspectors in, that was the underlying reason why I at least voted to give President Bush the authority, put those inspectors in, let them do their work, figure out what is there and what isn’t there."

And then there’s this:

"As opposition to the war has grown, some of the Democrats who supported it began to claim their vote was to pressure on Iraq — that they voted merely to give the president the option to go to war. Bunk. The war resolution was a blank check. Senator Robert Byrd told his colleagues during debate on the resolution that they were ‘handing the president unchecked authority.’ The language of the resolution could not be clearer: ‘The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate’ against Iraq."

– James Carville and Paul Begala, Take it Back: A Battle Plan for Democratic Victory, 2006.

(Hat tip to Mr. Russert.)

– jpt

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