The vote was 80-14:
Courting the anti-war constituency, Democratic presidential rivals
Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama both voted against legislation that pays for the
Iraq war but lacks a timeline for troop withdrawal.
“I fully support our troops” but the measure “fails to compel the president to give our troops a new strategy in Iraq,” said Clinton, a New York senator.
“Enough is enough,” Obama, an Illinois senator, declared, adding that
President Bush should not get “a blank check to continue down this same, disastrous path.”
Their votes Thursday night continued a shift in position for the two presidential hopefuls, both of whom began the year shunning a deadline for a troop withdrawal.
On a vote of 80-14, the Senate cleared the measure and sent it to Bush.
Both Clinton and Obama have faced intense pressure from the party’s liberal wing and Democratic presidential challengers who urged opposition to the measure because it doesn’t include a timeline to pull forces out of Iraq.No big surprise that Obama and Clinton voted “no” to bow to their moonbat base. They had to do something to compete with Edwards’ claim that the war against terrorism is just a bumper sticker slogan.