Dems Unite to Slam Iraq In First Debate

Candidates united to attack Bush for continuation of unpopular war
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2007 7:37 AM CDT
Five of eight Democratic presidential hopefuls, from left, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards., Sen. Joe Biden. D-Del., Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. and Rep. Dennis...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Eight Democrats butted heads last night in the first '08 debate, not so much with each other but with the president over the war in Iraq. Candidates at South Carolina State University  competed at panning the war for making the country less safe and Bush for ignoring the voters' will for a prompt exit.

"If this president does not get us out of Iraq, when I am president, I will," vowed Hillary. The candidates were less unanimous on whether they would resort to cutting off funding for the war if necessary to force a pullout; only Sen. Chriss Dodd supported cutting funds.
The hopefuls also discussed health coverage, gun laws, and tensions with Iran.