Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday she made a mistake voting in favour of Iraq War when she was serving as a senator in 2002.
“I've made it very clear that I made a mistake, plain and simple, and I have written about it in my book. I’ve talked about it in the past,” former Secretary of State said responding to a reporter’s question in Iowa after a campaign event.
Her comments came after a week of controversy about the issue which started with 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush saying he would authorise Iraq War as his brother former president George W. Bush did it at the time.
“I would have, and so would have Hillary Clinton, just to remind everybody, and so would have almost everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got,” Bush said answering Fox News’ Megyn Kelly’s question whether he would authorise the war.
After criticism, he disavowed the remark, but said his loyalty to George W. is strong.
As a senator from New York, Hillary Clinton voted to authorise the Iraq War in 2002, but then criticised George W. Bush for abusing the authority.
During her 2008 presidential campaign, Clinton said she would not have voted as she did if she knew how Bush would use the authority but avoided calling her vote “a mistake.”
Clinton first described her decision to vote in favour of the war as a mistake in her 2014 book Hard Choices writing she “got it wrong.”
Hillary Clinton is seen as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination for 2016 presidential election and expected to face harsh criticism for her past decisions as a senator and later Secretary of State.