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Hillary Clinton Goes Back And Forth Over Immigrant Drivers

by | 1st, November 2007

IT’S the hottest issue of the campaign so far, not Iraq or Social Security, not school or hospitals–it’s driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants.

Well, actually it’s more than that.

The issue is Hillary Clinton’s political ducking and weaving, highlighted during Tuesday night’s Democratic debate in which she appeared to equivocate time and again.

The high point for her detractors came in a two-minute back and forth during which she seemed to simultaneously support and not support Governor Eliot Spitzer’s plans to grant driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants in New York State.

Rivals pounced on Clinton’s political hedging during the debate. And yesterday the attacks continued.

Democratic opponent Barack Obama said Clinton had “left us wondering where she stood on every single hard question from Iran to Social Security to drivers’ licenses for undocumented workers.”

Meanwhile Rudy Giuliani told Fox News : “I’ve seen Hillary … do a Southern accent in the South and talk like a New Yorker in New York and take two different positions on Iran and six different positions on Iraq. But I never saw her take two different positions in one minute in front of the same audience.”

The New York Post accused Clinton of “waffle” and “double talk” while the Wall Street Journal said she displayed her husband’s ability to obfuscate “without his “preternatural talent for it.”

Thankfully, Clinton clarified late yesterday by releasing a statement:

“Senator Clinton supports governors like Governor Spitzer who believe they need such a measure to deal with the crisis caused by this administration’s failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform.”

Well, that clears that up then.



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