Dem Debaters Get Feisty

Policy talk devolves into bickering between Clinton, Obama
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2008 8:35 PM CST
Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., left, waves as she and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., center, and former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., wait on stage before the Democratic...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama drowned out policy talk in a South Carolina presidential debate tonight as they bickered over Ronald Reagan and what Obama called Clinton's "corporate" past, CNN reports. On economic policy, they wrangled over Senate votes as much as subprime bailout plans. “This kind of squabbling, how many kids are going to get health care from this?" John Edwards asked.

Edwards pitched his anti-poverty and green technology plans but soon joined Clinton in attacking Obama's record, the Chicago Tribune reports. The three later cooled off to discuss race, equality, and Iraq pull-out plans, but their hostility revealed the tensions of a close Clinton-Obama run for the nomination, a Washington Post analyst wrote: "This campaign is going to get even more intense" up to Super Tuesday.