DURHAM, New Hampshire — Sen. Bernard Sanders on Thursday night slammed presidential primary rival Hillary Clinton’s judgment on foreign policy, conceding she has more experience in global affairs but has consistently made the wrong decisions.
“Back in 2002, we both looked at the same evidence about the wisdom about the war in Iraq and one of us voted the right way and one of us didn’t,” Mr. Sanders said at a primary debate at the University of New Hampshire, the last forum before Granite State voters go to the poll Feb. 9.
Mrs. Clinton shot back by criticizing Mr. Sanders for his desire to normalize relations with Iran. Mrs. Clinton said the U.S. must take a cautious approach toward Tehran.
“I believe we have to take this step by step, to rein in Iranian aggression, their support for terrorism” and other issues, Mrs. Clinton said.
But on that point, too, Mr. Sanders had a comeback ready.
“When you ran against Senator Obama, you thought him naive because he thought it was a good idea to talk to our enemies. I think those are exactly the people you have to talk to and you have to negotiate with,” he said.
President Obama famously said in 2008 he would sit down with Iranian leaders without preconditions.