World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Democratic Presidential Contenders Promise Change


By Jim Malone
Washington

Democratic Presidential Contenders Promise Change

The Democrats running for president spoke to party officials in Virginia Friday and generally agreed on a need to take the United States in a new direction and to end the war in Iraq. What they disagreed on was who among them is best qualified to achieve those goals.

The Democratic presidential contenders are furiously looking for support with a little more than a month to go before the first test of the 2008 election season, the Iowa presidential caucuses on January 3.

Senator Barack Obama of Illinois told Democratic National Committee members from across the country that he is the best choice to set the U.S. on a new course in foreign policy.

"When I am this party's nominee, my opponent will not be able to say that I voted for the war in Iraq, or that I gave George Bush the benefit of the doubt on Iran, or that I supported Bush-Cheney policies of not talking to leaders we do not like," he said.

Obama is leading in the latest polls among Democrats in Iowa, followed closely by Senator Hillary Clinton of New York.

Clinton continues to lead in the national polls and many Democrats still regard her as the frontrunner for the party's presidential nomination.

Clinton was scheduled to address the Democratic committee gathering, but cancelled her appearance after the initial news broke about a hostage situation at one of her campaign offices in New Hampshire.

Obama and Clinton are in a three-way race in Iowa with former North Carolina Senator John Edwards. Edwards has adopted a more aggressive tone in recent weeks against Clinton, but generally saves his harshest criticism for President Bush and the Republicans.

"This president is dug in," he said. "The best I can tell, he is hiding in Cheney's bunker. As far as I am concerned, he ought to stay there. They ought to retire together, they ought to grow old together and they ought to get out of our way, because we are going to end this war!"

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is running fourth in many polls and hopes to break into the top tier of Democratic contenders with a strong showing in some of the early contest states like Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada or South Carolina.

"We need to show the American people that we not only share their passion and their purpose, but we also know how to bring the change that they so desperately want and that we so desperately need," he said.

Two other presidential contenders, Congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio and Senator Joe Biden of Delaware, also spoke at the meeting. Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut was busy campaigning in Iowa.

The Iowa presidential caucuses will kick off an intensive primary season in early January that will build toward February 5 of next year when more than 20 states will hold caucus or primary elections on the same day.

ENDS

More: Latest World News | Top World News | World Digest | Archives

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>

ALSO:

At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

ALSO:

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news