ABC News' Kate Snow and Eloise Harper report: Just hours before a key Senate vote on Iraq, Sen. Hillary Clinton told voters in New Hampshire they have a choice to make about her Senate record.
Clinton, D-N.Y., again refused to apologize for her 2002 vote on a congressional resolution to authorize force in Iraq. However, she added an important new caveat in her remarks today: "I have to say, if the most important thing to any of you is choosing someone who did not cast that vote or said his vote was a mistake, then there are others to choose from. But for me, the most important thing now is trying to end this war."
The blunt language was a veiled reference to Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., who was not in the Senate in 2002 and did not cast a vote on the resolution, though he was a vocal opponent of the war at that time, and former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., who has since renounced his vote and repeatedly calls it a "mistake."
In Dover, N.H., today, Clinton also repeated her call to cap the number of U.S. troops in Iraq and "make it against the law to continue to escalate this war." She also said she wanted to "make it the law that you cannot send any of our men and women unless they have the training and equipment" they need.
Today's call on voters to choose another candidate if they couldn't live with her policies recalled a strategy Clinton used in the run up to her re-election to the Senate last fall.
In an October debate just before the mid-term elections, Clinton was asked if voters should be concerned that she might not complete her Senate term because she might run for president. Her response? "I can't make a decision now. I have made no decision. But if that concerns any voter, they should factor that in to the vote they make."
Clinton also received a lot of applause in Dover when she said: "We need a president who reaches out to the world â€¦ and makes it clear that the cowboys are gone."
On another topic, a freshman at the Dover High School asked her if she would support a bipartisan ticket. She was a bit taken aback by the question and said, "Whoa, I don't want to jinx what I am doing out here."