Clinton, Obama Campaigns Clash Over Iraq War

New York (AP) -- Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama is defending against accusations that his Senate record doesn't match his repeated opposition to the Iraq war.

Obama said in a conference call Wednesday that his Senate vote to continue funding the conflict reflected his belief that the US has "to make the best of a bad situation."

On the Senate floor Wednesday, Obama also reminded colleagues of a speech he gave in 2002 warning against invading Iraq.

Accusations of contradiction have been made by the campaign of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. She has been under fire from many Democratic activists for her vote authorizing the war.

Her lead strategist told an audience this week that Obama's votes on the war since he arrived in the Senate in 2005 have been identical to Clinton's.

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