Bhutto Killing: US Hopefuls React, Adjust

Clinton, McCain, Biden play up foreign policy experience
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2007 4:04 PM CST
Republican presidential hopeful, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to reporters in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Wednesday Dec. 26, 2007. The most wide-open presidential race in a half century pushed unpredictably...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – On the campaign trail today, would-be presidents reacted to the murder of Benazir Bhutto by shifting tone and focusing on their foreign policy bona fides. In Iowa, Hillary Clinton talked about her friendship with Bhutto, which spanned the dozen years since she stood on line with Chelsea to meet the first female leader of the Muslim world. Joe Biden said he'd urged Pakistan's president twice to beef up security for Bhutto.

John McCain highlighted his experience: “I know the players, I know the individuals, and I know the best way to address this situation." Rudy Giuliani used the attack as a reminder that terrorism can strike anywhere—"in New York, London, Tel-Aviv or Rawalpindi"—and said, "We must redouble our efforts to win the terrorists’ war on us.”