VIENNA, VA.--8 p.m. eastern UPDATE
The New York Times double byline of Michael Gordon and Jeff Zeleny (Zeleny's second sit-down with Sen. Barack Obama in a week) in Friday's paper has Obama detailing carrots he would offer Iran to get cooperation on "terrorism and nuclear issues."
This comes as Iran has developed as major issue between Obama and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
WASHINGTON--Led by Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), 30 senators signed a letter released Thursday "warning" President Bush not to attack Iran without explicit congressional consent. The Illinois Democratic senators are split on this: Sen. Dick Durbin signed the letter and White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama did not. Rivals Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton signed as did Sen. Chris Dodd.
At issue: This is another development flowing from the September vote on the Kyl-Lieberman amendment--a resolution naming the Iran Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. Clinton and Durbin support the measure; Obama opposed it, though he was absent from the Senat for the vote. This Webb letter is being used by the Clinton campaign to underscore her argument--and dilute Obama's-- that support for Kyl-Lieberman is tantamount to giving Bush authorization for military action. Will update with expected Obama reaction.
UPDATE OBAMA STATEMENT
"Senator Obama admires Senator Webb and his sincere and tireless efforts on this issue. But it will take more than a letter to prevent this administration from using the language contained within the Kyl-Lieberman resolution to justify military action in Iran. This requires a legislative answer and Senator Obama intends to propose one."
For entire letter and signers, click below...