During the Democratic Debate on NPR Hillary Clinton tried to obscure her vote to declare the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. The vote was non-binding and served only to ratchet up the rhetoric against Iran and served no diplomatic purpose whatsoever. Clinton’s vote was a clear move to position herself as tough on foreign policy for the general election.
Clinton defended her vote, saying it was non-binding and did not authorize Bush to take any action against Iran. “I think we do know that pressure on Iran does have an effect,” Clinton said.
Sen. Joe Biden (DE) challenged the idea that the Senate vote influenced Iran’s nuclear plans. “With all due respect to anybody who thinks that pressure brought this about, let’s get this straight. In 2003, they stopped their program,” Biden said.