HANOVER, N.H. â€” She stood near one end of the lineup of eight Democratic hopefuls in a debate Wednesday, but Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was center stage all evening.
Faced with Clinton’s wide lead in national and New Hampshire polls, the former first lady’s rivals tried to portray her as weak on ending the war in Iraq, too cautious on overhauling Social Security, and unable to achieve reform on her signature issue, health care.
Former North Carolina senator John Edwards, who polls show nearly tied with Clinton in the early voting state of Iowa, immediately criticized her for saying that though she would continue combat missions. “To me, that is a continuation of the war,” Edwards said. He advocated withdrawing all but a single brigade of troops to protect the U.S. Embassy.
They all know damn well Hillary Clinton is leaving them behind in this race and will indeed be the Democratic nominee.
Here’s another account from Reuters:
With the Democratic left-wing demanding a hasty U.S. timetable out of Iraq, Edwards criticized the New York senator for not ruling out that U.S. troops might engage in some combat missions in Iraq if she were to win the 2008 election.
“To me that’s a continuation of the war,” Edwards said. “Combat missions mean that the war is continuing. I believe the war needs to be brought to an end.”
Edwards’ broadside put Clinton on the defensive at a time when she is enjoying a comfortable lead in opinion polls and trying to appear above the fray. But there was no sign that the debate would prompt a major shake-up in the Democratic field.
“There may be a continuing counter-terrorism mission,” she said, while adding that “the vast majority” of American troops would be out of Iraq by the end of her prospective first term in 2013.
I didn’t have a chance to watch this full debate however we will have the entire video up in a few days for your continued enjoyment!
Also, USAToday also has a live blog of the entire debate here.
The video of the entire debate is now available here:
9/26/07 – MSNBC Democratic debate from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire