- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 5, 2014

Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer said he’d be a better president than Hillary Rodham Clinton, taking shots at the former Secretary of State’s ties to Wall Street and votes on the Iraq War.

“Well, I think so, of course,” he told Time, on whether he would be a better president. “I think I have a background and a resume that isn’t just in government. But the time I was in government, I was a chief executive.”

Mr. Schweitzer’s comments come as a number of prominent Democrats, including elected officials, have thrown their support behind a would-be Clinton bid even though she has not announced her candidacy yet.

The former governor has carved out a unique niche in the Democratic party as a pro-gun former governor of a western state, and has brought up Mrs. Clinton’s vote to go to Iraq — a key issue in the 2008 Democratic primary against President Obama — more than once ahead of the 2016 presidential contest.

“You can’t be the candidate that shakes down more money on Wall Street than anybody since, I don’t know, Woodrow Wilson, and be the populist,” Mr. Schweitzer said of Mrs. Clinton. “You can’t be the one to say we’re going to focus on rebuilding America if you voted to go to the Iraq war.”

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