COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama tried to turn rival Hillary Rodham Clinton's words back on her today. He called her vote to authorize the Iraq war "irresponsible and naive."
Clinton used the same language yesterday to criticize Obama for saying he would be willing to meet with leaders of nations such as Cuba, North Korea and Iran without conditions within the first year of his presidency.
Clinton contended the leaders could use such a meeting for propaganda and that envoys below the presidential level should begin diplomatic work.
Obama told N-B-C News it's obvious the diplomatic spade work must be done before any such meeting. But he says he wants to change Bush administration policies that freeze out enemies and move to a principle that says the United States should talk with everybody.