Clinton to Bush: Skip Olympics

Candidate cites Darfur and Tibet as reasons not to go
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2008 7:15 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., speaks at the Montana Democratic Party Mansfield-Metcalf Dinner at the Butte Civic Center in Butte, Mont., Saturday, April 5, 2008....   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton urged President Bush today to skip the Beijing Olympics over China's role in the Darfur genocide and violence in Tibet, Politico reports. She joined ranks with Nancy Pelosi in calling for Bush to protest Beijing's human rights record "absent major changes by the Chinese government," Clinton said in a statement.

"I encourage the Chinese to take advantage of this moment to live up to universal human aspirations of respect for human rights and unity," Clinton said. Bush has so far withstood pressure to boycott the August Summer Olympics in Beijing. "We have a great deal of concern about human rights in China," a White House spokesperson told Reuters. "We have never been afraid to express those views."