Biden's high hopes, Edwards' tough talk

Biden says he'll win the nomination if he finishes in the top three in Iowa.


Tim Grieve
November 6, 2007 1:51AM (UTC)

Give him points for optimism: Delaware Sen. Joe Biden tells CNN that, if he finishes first, second or third in the Iowa caucuses, "then I believe I'm the nominee because all of a sudden the national press will have to cover me."

Biden is raising expectations for himself a bit. Back in October, he said that he'd be out of the running if he didn't finish in the top three in Iowa; now he says he'll win the nomination if he does.

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Recent polls from Iowa have Biden running fifth, behind Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards and Bill Richardson.

Edwards, campaigning in Iowa today, sought to improve his standing there with a double-barreled attack on George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton. Speaking in Iowa City, Edwards said that "George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and the neocon warmongers used 9/11 to start a war with Iraq, and now they're trying to use Iraq to start a war with Iran." By voting in favor of the Kyl-Lieberman amendment, Edwards said, Clinton "sided with Bush and the neocons, helping them rattle their sabers and build their case for another preventive war."

Clinton has said that she opposes a "rush to war" in Iran and that Kyl-Lieberman was "not anything other than an expression of support for using economic sanctions with respect to diplomacy."


Tim Grieve

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

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