Hillary Sides With Obama on Syria

Prospective presidential candidate sides with Obama in debate on Syria.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has endorsed President Obama's request for congressional authorization to strike militarily at the current regime in Syria, apparently leaving no daylight between her and the president who appointed her as America's top diplomat.

"Secretary Clinton supports the president's effort to enlist the Congress in pursuing a strong and targeted response to the Assad regime's horrific use of chemical weapons," a spokesman for Clinton told Politico.

Clinton is considered a possible 2016 presidential candidate. In 2008, Obama defeated her for the Democratic presidential nomination. One reason was that many Democrats preferred Obama's dovish stand on the Iraq war to Clinton's Senate vote in favor of a measure authorizing the use of military force against Iraq in 2002.

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President George W. Bush later used this measure as justification to invade Iraq, a decision which was very unpopular among Democrats. But now Clinton's endorsement ties her closely to Obama's current goal of using force in Syria.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to the American Bar Association Annual Meeting Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, in San Francisco.

Clinton left office as secretary of state early in 2013 after serving four years. She also was first lady for eight years while her husband was president.

 

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