Clinton pledges: I’ll end war in Iraq

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama yesterday, left Washington for the key state of Pennsylvania and promised to fix America’s stumbling economy, which both Democrats say has been badly undermined by the Iraq war.They were in the US capital on Tuesday along with Republican John McCain to question the US commander in Iraq.

Coming out of the session with General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Clinton spoke at a high school near Pittsburgh, telling an audience that included retired US military officers that she would end the war. “One candidate is ready to be commander-in-chief, to end the war and rebuild our military while honouring our soldiers and veterans. And you’re looking at her,” Clinton said.

Obama reminded his Pennsylvania audience that he had opposed the Iraq war before it began and said it had “piled up a mountain of debt that has weakened our economy”.

Pennsylvania, holds the next primary contest on April 22, and offers the largest remaining prize of 158 delegates.-AP