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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-13-07 06:11 PM
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Part of the reason for Mrs. Clintons vote, some of her backers say privately, is that she has already shifted from primary mode, when she needs to guard against critics from the left, to general election mode, when she must guard against critics from the right. That means she is trying to shore up her national security credentials versus Republican candidates like Rudolph Giuliani and Mitt Romney, and is trying to reassure voters that she would be a tough-minded commander in chief.

By supporting the bill sponsored by Senators Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut and Jon Kyl of Arizona Mrs. Clinton is also solidifying crucial support from the pro-Israel lobby.

Mrs. Clinton voted along with 75 other senators in favor of the bill in order to apply greater diplomatic pressure on Iran, according to a statement she put out after the vote. The Revolutionary Guards are deeply involved in Irans nuclear program and have substantial links with Hezbollah, the statement said.

But Mrs. Clinton has come under withering criticism for her vote from many Democrats, who say she is implicitly supporting what they see as an attempt by the administration to build a case for war with Iran. And her vote has also set off a debate among foreign policy experts about how best to put pressure on Iran, with some of them saying that Mrs. Clinton, along with a big majority of the Senate, has gone too far.

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