ABC News' Teddy Davis Reports: Former DNC Chairman and Clinton adviser Terry McAuliffe portrayed Sen. Hillary Clinton's, D-N.Y., 2002 pro-Iraq war vote as a vote to negotiate with the former dictator of Iraq rather than as a vote to authorize the use of force while appearing this morning on NBC's "Today."
"She voted to give the President the authority to negotiate and to have a stick to go over there and negotiate with Saddam Hussein," said McAuliffe.
The President was authorized, under the language of the resolution Clinton voted for, to "use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in order to: (1) defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq; and (2) enforce all relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions regarding Iraq."
McAuliffe's depiction of Clinton's vote called to mind the way Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., portrayed his pro-war vote as a vote to "threaten the use of force," rather than as a vote to authorize force, when he launched his presidential campaign in South Carolina on Sep. 2, 2003.
McAuliffe, who has just published a book about his experiences in politics entitled "What a Party!", will be at the Four Seasons in New York City this evening for a book party hosted by former President Clinton.