ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports: Back in September 2007, when moveon.org attacked General David Petraeus as “General Betray Us,” the Senate passed a resolution to express “full support” for Petraeus and to “strongly condemn personal attacks on the honor and integrity of General Petraeus and all members of the United States Armed Forces.”
The resolution passed 72 to 25.
The list of “NO” votes reads like a who’s who of Democratic power players: Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, the entire Democratic leadership of the Senate (Reid, Durbin, Schumer, Murray) and the current chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (Levin).
Also interesting are those who did not vote: Senators Joe Biden and Barack Obama.
And although Senator Obama skipped this vote, he was in Washington and did vote on the other two measures that came up for a vote that day (one before the Petraeus vote, one after).
Back then, many Democrats were critical of Patraeus because they believed he was exaggerating progress made in Iraq during surge. Today, when asked about past Democratic criticism, Senator Levin said General Patraeus has “proven himself in the field and that he is a supporter of the president's policy and that he is the architect of a counterinsurgency strategy”.
Here’s the roll call for the vote, which took place on September 20, 2007
Grouped By Vote Position:
DeMint (R-SC) Dole (R-NC)
Lugar (R-IN) Martinez (R-FL)
Feingold (D-WI) Harkin (D-IA)
Reed (D-RI) Reid (D-NV)
Not Voting – 3
Biden (D-DE) Cantwell (D-WA) Obama (D-IL)