Thompson Raises Questions About Clinton's Diplomatic Skills

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson suggested today that Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton may lack diplomatic skills.

He made his comment to a crowd of Republican donors in Las Vegas.

The former Tennessee senator joined Clinton's Democratic opponents in seizing on her debate answer on whether she supported a plan to grant drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants.

At first, Clinton appeared to praise the plan. Pressed later in the debate, she seemed to backtrack, saying she didn't say it should be done. Her campaign has since said she supports it.

Thompson said he opposes granting drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants.

He pointed to Clinton's answer as an example of her negotiating skill.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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