Obama and Edwards accuse Clinton of flip-flopping
Barack Obama and John Edwards have launched a major offensive against Hillary Clinton accusing the democratic front-runner of flip-flopping on international relations with leaders of "hostile" countries.
Barack Obama and John Edwards accused front-runner Hillary Clinton on Friday of flip-flopping on whether she would meet with leaders of hostile nations without preconditions.
"I'm not sure if any of us knows exactly where she stands on this," tsk-tsked Obama during a speech in Iowa.
Edwards said Clinton is "trying to have it both ways" and that Americans deserve better than "flip-flops and political double-speak."
On Thursday, in New Hampshire, Clinton said, "I would engage in negotiations with Iran, with no conditions."
During a debate this summer, Clinton said she would not powwow with rogue leaders without preconditions because she worried such meetings could be used for propaganda purposes.
Aides to Clinton suggested her Thursday comment is being misunderstood.
"Sen. Clinton did not say that the U.S. President should precommit to meetings with the leaders of Iran or other rogue states," Howard Wolfson, a top aide, explained. "Rather, Sen. Clinton was clearly referring to diplomacy between nations."
Clinton leads both Obama and Edwards by double digits in most polls.