Clinton Flips Iraq War Question: Obama Chose Me To Be Secretary Of State

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October 13, 2015 9:43 p.m.
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Confronted again during Tuesday’s Democratic debate about her vote authorizing the Iraq War, 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton shot back at criticisms that her foreign policy judgment couldn’t be trusted by pointing out that she was ultimately chosen by President Obama to be secretary of state.

“Well, I recall very well being on a debate stage, I think, about 25 times with then-Sen. Obama debating this very issue. After the election he asked me to become Secretary of State,” Clinton said. “He valued my judgment and I spent a lot of time with him in the Situation Room going over some very difficult issues.”

She went on to discuss the situation in Syria and the Obama administration’s effort to build a coalition to fight the Islamic State, while also touching on the decision to take out Osama Bin Laden and impose sanctions on Iran.

“I think I have a lot of evidence what I would do as president,” she said.

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