Obama Clinton Clash In Democratic Debate

November 16, 2007

Thursday night the Democratic candidates squared off in a debate as frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama collided on health care.

"Senator Obama's health care plan does not cover everyone" said Clinton.

"What I see are people who would love to have health care. They desperately want it. The problem is they can't afford it" said Obama.

National security versus human rights.

"The concepts are not contradictory" said Obama.

"The first obligation of the President of the United States is to protect and defend the United States of America" said Clinton.

Social security.

"I don't want to fix the problems of social security on the backs of middle-class families and seniors. If you lift the cap completely, that's a $1 trillion dollar tax increase.

"You know, this is the kind of thing that I would expect from Mitt Romney or Rudy Giuliani, where we start playing with numbers" said Obama.

In the last debate, the issue was confusing answers. In this debate, differences were sharpened, especially on the issue of driver's licenses for illegal immigrants.

Moderator Wolf Blitzer: Senator Clinton?

"No" said Clinton.

Senator Clinton was the experienced insider. Senator Obama, the fresh thinking outsider. Tough choice for Democrats.

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