HIllary booed on war stand
Eating this makes more sense than Hillary's
stand on Iraq.
Lefties climb Hil on Iraq
Dems boo her war stance
By MICHAEL McAULIFF
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON - Sen. Hillary Clinton walked a tightrope yesterday in a key speech to the left wing of her party - and got heartily booed for her stance on Iraq.
Clinton - the top Democratic presidential prospect for 2008 - won applause on such issues as raising the minimum wage, fighting the marriage amendment and blocking Social Security privatization.
Citing the pluses of the Clinton administration played like progressive catnip to an audience that will be vital in Democratic primaries in two years.
But huzzahs turned to heckles when Clinton tiptoed between slamming President Bush's policies in Iraq and standing by his refusal to set a date to withdraw U.S. troops.
"I do not think it is a smart strategy, either, for the President to continue with his open-ended commitment," the New York senator told the liberal "Take Back America" conference.
"Nor do I think it is smart strategy to set a date certain," she added to a chorus of boos. "I do not agree that is in the best interests of our troops or our country."
When she left the stage many in the crowd began chanting, "Bring the troops home."
Clinton may have shored up moderate support, but Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry - among White House wanna-bes seizing territory to Clinton's left - won ovations for his anti-war stand. And he took a shot at Iraq positions like Clinton's, saying, "We cannot have it both ways."
"It's not enough to argue with the logistics or to argue about the details," he said. "It is essential to acknowledge that the war itself was a mistake."
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