Clinton: Why don’t Biden, Kerry get same flak as me for Iraq vote?
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton3 ways government can help clean up Twitter Intelligence Democrat: Stop using 'quid pro quo' to describe Trump allegations The Memo: Bloomberg's 2020 moves draw ire from Democrats MORE asks why she is seen as a "divisive figure" over her past votes on the Iraq War while others escaped blame in her new book that examines her failed 2016 run for president.

In "What Happened," Clinton questions why other mainstream Democratic politicians haven't faced the same scrutiny over their 2003 support for the Iraq War, while Clinton herself was attacked over the vote by primary rival Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersJuan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete Democrats on edge as Iowa points to chaotic race Democrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal MORE (I-Vt.), The Washington Post reported in a review of the book.

“Why am I seen as such a divisive figure and, say, Joe BidenJoe BidenImpeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Trump DACA fight hits Supreme Court Juan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete MORE and John KerryJohn Forbes KerryDemocrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal GOP senators press State Department for Hunter Biden, Burisma records Krystal Ball hits media over questions on Sanders's electability MORE aren’t?” she asks. “They’ve cast votes of all kinds, including some they regret, just like me? What makes me such a lightning rod for fury?"

"I’m really asking. I’m at a loss,” Clinton adds.

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During the campaign, Clinton's vote on the Iraq War was used against her as a sign of her "judgment" in tough situations. Former Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State John Kerry also both voted for the war during their respective Senate terms.

Sanders initially questioned her judgment during the primaries, an attack that was echoed by then-candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE during the general election. 

“Emails, bad judgment. Iraq, voted yes, bad judgment. Libya, bad judgment. All bad judgment," Trump said at a 2016 rally. “He said she suffers from bad judgment,” Trump said in 2016, referring to Sanders. “It's true.”

Clinton called the 2003 vote a "mistake" in a 2015 interview with reporters shortly after announcing her presidential run.

"I've made it very clear that I made a mistake, plain and simple, and I have written about it in my book. I’ve talked about it in the past," Clinton said at the time.