Who Wants to Meet With a Dictator?

Clinton, Obama emerge from debate with a disagreement in tow
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2007 4:42 AM CDT
Who Wants to Meet With a Dictator?
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., left, talks with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-NY prior to the start of the Democratic presidential primary debate of the 2008 election hosted by the South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC., Thursday, April 26, 2007. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)   (Associated Press)

The gloves came off in the Democratic presidential race yesterday as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama tangled over an issue that arose in Monday's debate. The frontrunners released statements that revealed tensions in the more or less united effort to reclaim the White House, Reuters reports, with Clinton's camp emphasizing her experience and Obama's accusing his fellow senator of flip-flopping.

Responding to a question about Iran, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, and Cuba, Obama said he'd be willing to meet with the heads of state; Clinton disagreed. "We should use every tool at the president's disposal to address problems before they become threats," Obama elaborated yesterday. Clinton's memo chastised Obama for committing to meeting with "some of the world's worst dictators." (More Clinton 2008 stories.)

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