WASHINGTON – Actress Susan Sarandon, a harsh critic of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's stance on the Iraq war, offered nothing but praise for her Tuesday as the two women teamed up to promote the late Christopher Reeve's battle for spinal cord research.
The joint effort lacked the camaraderie of Sarandon's classic friends flick "Thelma & Louise," but the actress did refrain from taking any new shots at the senator.
"I don't really want to make it about her. I don't think she's a bad person," Sarandon said before taking the stage at a rally for the Christopher Reeve Foundation, which is pushing Congress to pass legislation named after the "Superman" actor.
The rally was as much a tribute to Reeve's wife, Dana Reeve, who died in March of lung cancer, a year and a half after the death of her husband. Sarandon said she wants to keep alive her friend's campaign for increased research, including stem cell research.
The actress offered a warm introduction for Clinton, considered an early front-runner for the Democratic party's presidential nomination in 2008, saying: "We are all very lucky to have her here today as a leader in Congress."
Just two days earlier, British television aired an interview with Sarandon in which she again blasted the senator's vote on the Iraq war, saying Clinton had "crumbled under the pressure of that moment."
Asked in the interview with ITV1 about a possible Clinton presidential bid, Sarandon said, "I'm not particularly supportive of her, I'd like to find somebody that really has a moral bottom line ... man or woman."
Clinton made no mention of the disagreement when she spoke at the Tuesday's rally. She called for increased research on paralysis. "We need to move forward on stem cell research," the senator said. "Let's do it for Christopher and Dana."
Christopher Reeve was left paralyzed after a 1995 fall from a horse, and became an advocate for more spinal injury research, including work with stem cells. Human embryonic stem cells are created in the first days after conception and scientists believe the cells can be used as replacement therapies to treat the sick and injured.