LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – Hillary Clinton’s main competitors for the Democratic presidential nomination last night tried to chip away at her record as a New York senator and former first lady on the issues of Iraq, Iran and health care, Bloomberg reports.
Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards said Clinton’s vote yesterday in favor of designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization may push the U.S. closer to war with Iran. Illinois Senator Barack Obama emphasized his long opposition to the conflict in Iraq, which Clinton voted for, and said Clinton “closed the door to a lot of potential allies” when she pursued a universal health-care program as first lady in the early 1990s.
“At that time, 80 percent of Americans already wanted universal health care, but they didn’t feel like they were let into the process,” Obama said during a debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
The Democrats used the event, broadcast on cable network MSNBC, to try to sway voters in the state that traditionally holds the nation’s first presidential primary, where a victory can provide crucial momentum for a campaign. Clinton leads there with support of 43 percent of Democratic primary voters compared with 20 percent for Obama and 12 percent for Edwards, according to a Sept. 17-24 poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center for CNN and television station WMUR.