Democrats Focus Intently on Iraq

Debate centers on single issue as frontrunners stake out their territory
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2007 7:26 AM CDT
Democrats Focus Intently on Iraq
Democratic presidential hopeful former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., left, answers a question as Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. listens during the Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., Sunday, June 3, 2007. (AP Photo/E. M. Pio Roda, Pool)   (Associated Press)

The Democratic presidential field already has three leaders, and they're so eager to distinguish themselves by staking out their Iraq stances that the other five candidates can barely get a word in. The Politico looks at last night's debate in New Hampshire and finds Barack Obama, John Edwards, and Hillary Clinton taking up all the air in the room.

The spotlight on Chris Dodd proved brightest when Obama shone it on him and his longtime opposition to the war. Obama used his own stance to take a shot at Edwards, whose position has shifted: "You're about 4 1/2 years late on leadership on this issue," he said. Clinton's attempted to minimize differences, calling the situation "George Bush's war." (More Democrats stories.)

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