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    Clinton: Politics shouldn't play role in Pakistan tragedy

    (CNN) -- Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton on Friday accused the camp of rival Sen. Barack Obama of politicizing the death of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

    Sen. Hillary Clinton says she regrets that Sen. Barrack Obama's camp "would be politicizing this tragedy."

    "I just regret that [Obama and his chief strategist] would be politicizing this tragedy, and especially at a time when we do need to figure out a way forward," Clinton said Friday in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

    Her comments followed criticism from Obama's campaign implying that some of Clinton's foreign policy decisions raise questions about whether she should be president.

    "I don't think politics should be playing a role in how our country responds ... to the tragedy," she said.

    Bhutto died Thursday following a political rally in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

    On Thursday, Obama's chief strategist, David Axelrod, seemed to link Clinton's vote on the Iraq war and Bhutto's death.

    "Barack Obama had the judgment to oppose the war in Iraq. And he warned at the time that it would divert us from Afghanistan and al Qaeda, and now we see the effect of that," Axelrod said. "Sen. Clinton made a different judgment. Let's have that discussion."

    Axelrod was responding to reporters' questions about the Pakistan situation and whether it enhanced assertions that Clinton's foreign policy experience may make her more fit to serve as commander in chief. See what candidates say about Bhutto's death

    Axelrod later seemed to back away from his earlier remarks.

    "I believe our policies in Iraq have had a direct impact on events in Pakistan and Afghanistan, but I would not suggest there is a straight line relationship between the events of today in Pakistan and anyone's particular vote," he said Thursday.

    "What I was pointing out was the difference in judgment at the time. Obama thought that the war would have a negative impact in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and that seems relevant right now."

    He also said he "certainly wasn't suggesting Sen. Clinton was complicit. She made a bad judgment on this war, and the war helped exacerbate problems in Afghanistan and Pakistan. And that's certainly something I would stand by."

    Obama defended his strategist late Thursday when asked about Axelrod's comments. "This is one of those situations where Washington is putting a spin on it," Obama said. "He in no way was suggesting Hillary Clinton was somehow directly to blame for this situation."

    The senator from Illinois added, "It's important for us to not look at this in terms of short-term political points scoring."

    Clinton spokesman Jay Carson on Thursday criticized Axelrod's remarks. "This is a time to be focused on the tragedy of the situation, its implications for the U.S. and the world, and to be concerned for the people of Pakistan and the country's stability. No one should be politicizing this situation with baseless allegations," he said.

    The bitter exchange between the Obama and Clinton camps is less than a week before Iowa's January 3 caucuses. Most polls put Clinton and Obama in a three-way tie with former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina.
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    In the same camp as John Edwards? He is a roaring pusher of communism. Take from this, grab the power...all 3.

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