Ten Democratic senators voted to oppose the Iraq war supplemental funding bill that Congress approved Thursday, without the withdrawal timeline war opponents had hoped for. Out of those 14, three -- Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn. -- are in the running for their party's 2008 presidential nomination, and surely they hope this vote will help them with a Democratic base that wants to see the war ended. Delaware Sen. Joe Biden was the only Democratic candidate to vote for the bill.
A Biden aide had this to say in an e-mail to the Hotline, the National Journal's blog:
"First, as you know, Biden was the ONLY Democratic presidential candidate in the Senate to vote for the supplemental. In remarks on the floor following the vote, he said: 'The President may be prepared to play a game of political chicken with the well-being of our troops. I am not. I will not.'"
Update: Thanks to scratchtasia in comments, who pointed out that 10 Democratic senators voted against the supplemental, not 14, as originally stated.