BERLIN, N.H. - During her first campaign appearance in New Hampshire since announcing her intention to run for president, Senator Hillary Clinton was asked point blank whether she felt her 2002 vote to give President the authority to go to war in Iraq was a mistake.
Roger Tilton, a certified financial planner from Nashua, asked her “if once and for all” she would admit that the vote was a mistake. Since then, former Senator John Edwards and Senator John Kerry have said it was a mistake.
Clinton repeated her often-used phrase that “if I were president, there never would have been a vote.” But that was not enough for Tilton.
“She has plenty of great things to say that I agree with, but I cannot even listen to them until I hear her say flat out it was a mistake,” Tilton told reporters afterward.
But Regina Turner, of Randolph, said she was satisfied with Clinton's answer.
"What is lost is that she voted in good faith that what the president said was true," Turner said. "Obviously it wasn't and she said that."
As Clinton continues to campaign, she said there will be one difference between the New Hampshire campaigns of her husband and the one she is about to embark.
While Senator Clinton was asked about Iraq three times during her 75 minute town hall meeting, this was by far the most critical. Most other questions were about health care and education costs.