Just ahead of a speech by Hillary Clinton in which she is expected to trumpet “American exceptionalism,” the Democratic presidential nominee appears to have received public backing from Iraq War architect Paul Wolfowitz.
The 72-year-old deputy secretary of defense under President George W. Bush and cheerleader for the illegal 2003 invasion of Iraq told Politico that Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump are “both so far from what I believe in.” Yet, he added, “There’s a little bit of hope for Hillary. With Trump, you just have to make this incredible bet that he doesn’t believe anything he says, and once he really sees the situation he’ll be different. But it’s an incredible gamble.”
And in an interview published Friday with Germany’s Der Spiegel, Wolfowitz said he agreed with dozens of former senior Republican security officials who said Trump was a security risk, and said, “I wish there were somebody I could be comfortable voting for. I might have to vote for Hillary Clinton, even though I have big reservations about her.”
Clinton is scheduled (pdf) to speak Wednesday at the American Legion convention taking place in Cincinnati. In her midday speech, which Reuters describes as being “meant to reach out to Republican and independent voters,” Clinton “will make the case for American exceptionalism and call for maintaining America’s military and diplomatic leadership in the world,” according to a campaign official.
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She will also portray her Republican rival as a president that would “walk away from our allies, undermine our values, insult our military—and has explicitly rejected the idea of American exceptionalism,” the campaign official said.
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