Clinton Expresses Frustration With the Democratic Party

Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., vented frustration that the Democratic Party has failure to come to a resolution about how to handle the convention delegations in Florida and Michigan.

"I really don’t understand why the Republican Party very clearly decided what they were going to do, and the Democratic Party can’t decide," Clinton said at an airport in Pittsburgh, going further than she has in the past in her critique.

Clinton then turned on her opponent, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., saying, "He doesn’t want the votes to count. Sen. Obama has been very very clear -- do not count those votes or come up with some kind of resolution which disenfranchises people."

An exasperated Clinton burst into a fit of laughter, after being asked twice about the Colombia trade deal and a possible conflict of interest involving her differing opinion with her husband on the matter. When asked if there was a conflict of interest specifically with her husband receiving $800,000 for speaking engagements ostensibly in support of the trade deal and Clinton giving her own money to her own campaign, Clinton burst out laughing.

"And how many angels dance on the head of a pin?" she asked. "I have really nothing to-- I mean, how do you answer that. I am against the Colombia free trade deal. It doesn’t matter who talks to me. It doesn’t matter any circumstances. I’ve been against it, I am against it, I will be against it."

Clinton criticized President Bush for his Iraq position, saying, "The president refuses to face the reality that we are confronted by in Iraq."

She continued, "The president is asking the American people for time and patience. The American people are saying he has had enough of both. Our troops have done all that has been asked of them and more. It's time for the president to answer the question being asked of him in the wake of the failed objectives that were laid out to be met by the surge. What is the exit strategy in Iraq?"

When asked if she would be willing to go against advice from military commanders on the ground when she is president to follow an Iraq withdrawal plan that she has laid out as a candidate, Clinton said, "Let me just describe for you the way our system works. The policy is set by the civilian leadership. The president of the United States sets the policy. Our military, thankfully so, carries out the policy that is set. You ask the military for their best advice about how to implement the policy you have set."

Clinton was asked if she agreed with Elton John that misogyny had played a role in this campaign. Clinton said, "Look, you can’t ignore that gender and race are embodied in our two candidacies. We are who we are. And that produces reactions of all kinds from people. But at the end of the day, people have to decide who they think will be the best president."

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