Lautenberg stays on offensive with Andrews and war question

LONG BRANCH – U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg today accusedDemocratic primary opponent U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) of flip-flopping on the Iraq War.

Andrews helped craft the 2002 House resolution authorizing President George W. Bush to go to war in Iraq. He later voted 16 times for troop withdrawal, and Lautenberg suggests he did so because the war became unpopular.

“You can’t have it both ways,” Lautenberg said at Seven President’s Park.

In answer to Lautenberg’s attack on his war vote, Andrews pointed out this week that Lautenberg made public statementsin 2002 in support of the resolution when he was out of the U.S. Senate.

Lautenberg said he might have voted against the resolution if he had access to government intel.

Asked today if he would consider endorsing Barack Obama for president as a way of putting an exclamation point on his opposition to the war, Lautenbergvowed to stay neutral inspite of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s “aye” vote on Iraq and Andrews’s backing of Clinton.

“The people of New Jersey – Democrats – chose Hillary Clinton (in the Feb 5th primary),” the senator said.”You have to pay some attention to that.”

Lautenberg stays on offensive with Andrews and war question