Barack Obama, although in the room for a vote 20 minutes earlier, was absent along with Joe Biden. Hillary Clinton and Joe Dodd voted against condemning MoveOn.org.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell drew the line to basically say, "You're either with us ... or against us" when he asked:
"Who would have ever expected anybody to go after a general in the field at a time of war, launch a smear campaign against a man we've entrusted with our mission in Iraq? Any group that does this sort of thing ought to be condemned. Let's take sides. General Petraeus or MoveOn.org. Which one are we going to believe? Which one are we going to condemn?"Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romeny said:
"Hillary Clinton had a choice. She could stand with our troop commander in Iraq, or she could stand with the libelous left wing of her party. She chose the latter. The idea that she would be a credible commander-in-chief of our Armed Forces requires the willing suspension of disbelief."President George W. Bush held a press conference earlier at the White House and declared:
"I was disappointed that not more leaders in the Democrat party spoke out strongly against that kind of ad, and that leads me to come to this kind of conclusion: That most Democrats are afraid of irritating a left-wing group like MoveOn.org — are more afraid of irritating them — than they are of irritating the United States military. That was a sorry deal. "And (it's) one thing to attack me. It's another thing to attack somebody like Gen. Petraeus."MoveOn.org struck back by saying they would take out ads against Republicans who voted against the troop amendment yesterday causing its defeat, and they attacked the President with the same tired claim that he lied about Iraq.