Senator Hillary Clinton has come out firmly against giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, one day before a debate against her fellow Democrats, who have put her on the defensive on the issue.
Her campaign issued a statement saying that she supported Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s decision today to drop his plan for such licenses.
“I support Governor Spitzer’s decision today to withdraw his proposal,” she said in the statement. “As president, I will not support driver’s licenses for undocumented people and will press for comprehensive immigration reform that deals with all of the issues around illegal immigration, including border security and fixing our broken system.”
Her statement may have been an attempt to take the issue off the table. But the issue is bound to persist.
For one thing, there is a debate tomorrow night. Her unclear position on the matter in the last Democratic debate drew sharp attacks from her rivals and has proved endless fodder for her critics.
It seems likely that the issue, as well as Mrs. Clinton’s earlier, seemingly contradictory responses, will come up at the debate despite today’s statement.
And it seems unlikely that her rivals, who have gotten tremendous mileage out of her responses, will drop the line of attack that it opened up for them — that she does not give straightforward answers.
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