Dems Fret Over School Ruling

Howard U. debate concentrates on race
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2007 8:10 AM CDT
Dems Fret Over School Ruling
Democratic Presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., left, listens to Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., during the televised Democratic presidential candidates debate at Howard University in Washington Thursday, June 28, 2007. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – The Supreme Court decision limiting the role of race in public-school assignments was the talk of the town yesterday—even at the Democratic debate. The agenda at historically black Howard University was minority issues, and although attention naturally fell on Barack Obama, his seven competitors also had their moments in the spotlight, the Washington Post reports.

In their third debate, the Democrats also took up issues such as poverty and AIDS, seized on a question about Hurricane Katrina, and fended off barbs from fellow candidate Mike Gravel. The liveliest discourse concerned the Supreme Court ruling and what it indicates about the Bush administration. Said Joe Biden: "They have turned the court upside down." (Read more Democrats stories.)

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