Sen. Hillary Clinton, speaking in Chicago at a gathering of lawyers, said President Bush campaigned as a "compassionate conservative," but his tenure in office has been a "dangerous experiment in extremism, according to the Chicago Tribune.
"In the last six and a half years we have seen a dangerous experiment in extremism in the White House. President Bush campaigned as a compassionate conservative. It turns out he is neither. He has proven that time and time again," Clinton said.
Clinton also said Bush's presidency is "the most radical presidency in U.S. History" during her speech to the political action committee of the American Association of Justice, formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
"I would argue that his is the most radical presidency we have ever had. You can look at nearly any aspect of our life here at home, in the nation or around the world," she continued. "We need to continue America's forward motion toward progress, toward that more perfect union."
Other Democratic presidential candidates who addressed the gathering were Barack Obama, John Edwards, Joseph Biden and Bill Richardson.
Clinton and Obama both called for the closing of the detention center for suspects at Guantanamo Bay, citing reports of torture and lack of due process for detainees.
Obama also charged that the Bush administration "pardons injustice and perverts our laws to protect their friends and interests," referring to Bush's recent commutation of former Dick Cheney aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby's prison sentence.
According to the Tribune, all five speakers received standing ovations from the attendees, who included some of the Democratic Party most dependable fund-raisers.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Temmuz 2007, 16:05