DOVER — Presidential hopeful John Edwards said the tiff between Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama is completely wrong for the Democratic Party.
"The last thing we need is two presidential candidates fighting with each other, instead of fighting for the change we need in America," Edwards said. "And, man, do we need change in the worst possible way."
Clinton and Obama have engaged in high-profile criticism of each other since the Democrats debated in South Carolina. The two have been throwing jabs at each other's answer about whether they would meet with the United States' enemies without preconditions: Clinton, like Edwards, said she would not; Obama said he would.
An Obama spokeswoman disputed Edwards' comments about the Clinton-Obama spat.
"This is a substantive and important debate people want to hear about, whether we are going to turn the page on the Bush-Cheney foreign policy, which has damaged our national security and America's standing in the world," Leslie Miller said.
Edwards in the past has criticized fellow Democrats, particularly on their recent votes on the war in Iraq. During June's CNN debates, Edwards said,
"But I want to finish this. Others did not. Others were quiet. ... But there is a difference between leadership and legislating."
During those debates, Edwards went on to applaud them for their votes against the war, but faulted them for their silence beforehand.