For Clinton, a warmer reception

Fewer boos at the "Take Back America" conference.

By Tim Grieve

Published June 20, 2007 5:34PM (EDT)

The New York Times' Patrick Healy checks in with some encouraging news for Hillary Clinton: "She was booed more lightly and gently at this morning's Take Back America gathering of liberal activists than she was a year ago."

Clinton took a beating at last year's Take Back America conference when she said that she thought it was unwise either to have an "open-ended commitment" to keeping U.S. troops in Iraq or to set a "date certain" for their withdrawal.

As Healy notes, Clinton has changed her take on Iraq since then -- she has endorsed the idea of a deadline for the withdrawal of most U.S. troops and moved for the repeal of the 2002 resolution that authorized George W. Bush to use force -- and the changes led to a warmer welcome from antiwar activists today.

When Clinton got to the subject of Iraq today, a handful of protesters held up signs that read: "Lead Us Out of Iraq Now!" Clinton's response: "That's what we're trying to do."

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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