NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton has been winning endorsements from more than a dozen former President George W. Bush administration officials, including former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
But the former secretary of state has been eclipsed by Bernie Sanders, who has taken in more than 100,000 more donations than her rivals, according to data compiled by the Associated Press.
She has received more money from people who served under Bush than any of the remaining contenders, who have been largely sidelined by Clinton, according for a tally of the AP data.
Former President Bush’s campaign, which released a list of donors Tuesday, included former National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and retired Lt.
Gen. David Petraeus, the former head of the CIA.
She was also supported by retired Army Gen. Ray Odierno and former U.S. Sen. James Webb.
“I’m not the first person who’s been to Iraq.
I’ve had a lot of experience,” Clinton said Tuesday in a speech in New York City.
“I’ve also had a great deal of experience on the other side of the war.
But I do not have the experience, nor the judgment, to make a decision as commander-in-chief about whether or not to go into Iraq and help build up a democracy.
So, I think I’m the best person for that job.”
Former Defense Secretary Colin Powell, who retired in 2016 after serving for two decades, received support from former Bush appointee John Bolton and former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers.
The former Bush adviser has been a favorite of the left for months as he sought to win over the Democratic base with a series of populist positions, including ending the war in Iraq and restoring a “safe zone” in Syria.
Clinton has attracted some criticism for her response to the Paris attacks, including the delay in calling the perpetrators and taking a harder line against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which has taken over large parts of Syria and Iraq.
Clinton has said she was “very concerned” by the attacks but has said that she was not concerned about the ability to defeat the Islamic group, even as some of her Republican rivals have said the United States should be “fighting ISIS like we’re fighting Al Qaeda.”
Clinton’s allies have been quick to attack her for her reluctance to engage in the war effort.
Sanders, in particular, has called for a greater focus on rebuilding the economy and reducing the deficit, while Republican Donald Trump has repeatedly called for ending the wars and more stringent military action.
As for the former Bush administration’s top officials, former Vice President Dick Cheney, retired Gen. Michael Hayden, former Defense Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus and former National Counterterrorism Center Director James Clapper have all endorsed Clinton.
Clinton’s top supporters include former U,S.
Attorney General Michael Mukasey, former U.,S.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Defense Undersecretary for Policy and Policy Dean Acheson.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.