POLITICS
03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Rivals Attack Hillary From The Right On Immigration

From the New York Times:

Interesting discussion on whether illegal immigrants should be able to get drivers' licenses, as New York's governor has proposed. Mrs. Clinton had said two weeks ago in New Hampshire that it made "a lot of sense," but tonight gave a pretty indecipherable answer. She said that "what Governor Spitzer is trying to do is fill the vacuum left by the failure of this administration to bring about comprehensive immigration reform."

Mr. Dodd said a driver's license was a privilege and to extend it to illegal immigrants was "troublesome." Mrs. Clinton came back to say that she didn't say it should be done, but that she recognized what the governor was trying to do. She and Mr. Dodd got into a spat about what she had said. She dismissed it as a "gotcha" question.

Both Mr. Edwards and Mr. Obama called her on what seemed to be a shift in her statement. Mr Edwards said, "Unless I missed something, Senator Clinton said two different things in the course of about two minutes just a few minutes ago." And Mr. Obama uttered a devastating phrase for anyone who remembers the 2004 campaign: he said he couldn't tell if she is "for it or against it."

On the license issue, Mr. Obama said that he thinks Governor Spitzer's plan is "the right idea."

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