College GOPers to thank Hillary for Iraq vote

Hillary Clinton's vote to authorize the war in Iraq has remained a bugaboo for a number of Democrats.

Husband Bill Clinton didn't help things last week when he claimed to have been opposed to the war from the outset. 

That led to this interesting exchange yesterday, between Tim Russert and the Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody, on Meet the Press:

MR. BRODY: Yeah, and I think a couple of things went on here. Obviously, Bill Clinton, anytime he’s above the fold in a Washington Post or The New York Times instead of Hillary Clinton, that’s not a good day obviously for the campaign.  Besides that, it plays into the Barack Obama narrative that they’re trying to form here, which is the baggage of the ‘90s with the Clintons, and every time he has a “misstep” so to speak, it plays into that.  You know, I, I kind of—I’ve been thinking about this, and it really seems like Bill Clinton’s like Allen Iverson in basketball. You know, he’s, he’s a great player, hall of famer, the fans love him and everything, but sometimes he misses practice, and, you know, you take the good with the bad.  And it—it’s really an interesting scenario. [N4N's emphasis]

MR. RUSSERT:  They call Iverson “The Answer,” so...

MR. BRODY:  Yeah, that’s a good point.

Anyway, this all relates to how Ryan Bilodeau, chairman of the College Republican Federation of Rhode Island, and some of his pals plan to thank Hillary for her war vote when she stops in RI for a fundraiser today.

Today at 3:30 PM the College Republican Federation of Rhode Island and its chapter members on six campuses throughout the state will gather on the corner of Post Road and Airport Road (Staples Parking Lot) with signs and banners to welcome Senator Evan Bayh and Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign to Rhode Island, and to thank her for voting for the war in Iraq and for pledging to continue the presence of troops to fight Al Qaeda in Iraq if she is elected President.

Senator Hillary Clinton, who served as College Republican President when she was a student at Wellesley, will benefit from a fundraiser held at 6 PM tonight in Warwick, Rhode Island.


“From one former College Republican Chapter President to another, I would like to welcome the campaign of Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton to Rhode Island and thank her not only for the vote she cast in 2002 that authorized the war in Iraq, but also for her recent commitment to keep combat troops in Iraq to fight Al Qaeda if she is elected President next year,” said State Chairman Ryan Bilodeau.


“The average Rhode Islander should be proud to have Hillary Clinton’s campaign in the state today,” added Bilodeau.

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