Candidates Square Off

By: Lindsey Ward
By: Lindsey Ward

June 4, 2007

Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls faced off last night in New Hampshire. It was the second Democratic debate so far.

The two-hour debate touched on many topics ranging from gays in the military to high gas prices, but there was one topic that took center stage.

The gloves came off more than once during the debate, but there is one topic in which all eight unite.

“This is George Bush's war. He is responsible for this war. He started the war; he mismanaged the war; he escalated the war, and he refuses to end the war,” said Senator Hillary Clinton.

“This war belongs to the Democratic Party because the Democrats were put in charge by the people in the last election with the thought they were going to end the war. Well, they haven't,” said Dennis Kucinich.

Senator Joe Biden is the only candidate on the stage who voted to continue funding the troops, and he used Sunday’s stage to defend his vote.

“Lives are at stake, and I knew the right political vote, but I tell you what, some things are worth losing elections over,” said Biden.

Front runners Clinton and Barack Obama took the heat from John Edwards. He criticized them for not speaking out on their vote on the Iraq War funding bill even though he agreed with their vote.

“They're asking to be President of the United States, and there is a difference between making clear speaking to your followers, speaking to the American people about what you believe needs to be done,” said Edwards.

Obama fired back.

“Well look, I think it is important to lead and I think, John, the fact is that I opposed this war from the start, so you're about four and a half years late on leadership on this issue,” said Obama.

Obama added it is important not to play politics with the war, because people's lives are at stake.

The debate began with questions from journalists before New Hampshire voters got their chance ask questions.

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