ABC News' Teddy Davis Reports: For the second presidential debate in a row, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., came under fire for an Aug. 1 speech in which he said he would go after high-value Al Qaeda targets in Pakistan if the country's president was not willing to act.
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"You can think big but remember you shouldn't always say everything you think when you're running for president because it could have consequences across the world and we don't need that right now," said Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.
Clinton's criticism of Obama, which was echoed at Tuesday's Democratic forum by Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., and added to by Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., came two days after the Illinois Democrat was hammered for his policy towards Pakistan by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at a GOP debate sponsored by ABC News.
Obama, who had the bulk of the Chicago crowd with him during the tense exchange, fired back at Clinton and Dodd by contrasting his early opposition to the Iraq war with the pro-war votes cast by his Democratic rivals in 2002.
"I find it amusing," said Obama, "that those who helped to authorize and engineer the biggest foreign policy disaster in our generation are now criticizing me for making sure that we are on the right battlefield and not the wrong battlefield in the war against terrorism."
The back-and-forth over Obama's Pakistan speech, which took place at an AFL-CIO forum televised by MSNBC, amounted to the fiercest clash thus far in the 2008 Democratic presidential race.