MANCHESTER, N.H. — Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls differed sharply over Iraq and terrorism Sunday night in a debate that highlighted their contrasting histories on the war.
In one of the evening's most barbed exchanges, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama snapped at former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards for suggesting that Obama and New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton had failed to show leadership in the effort to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq.
Obama, who opposed the war before he was elected to the Senate, noted that Edwards had voted in 2002 to authorize President Bush to invade Iraq. "The fact is ... I opposed this war from the start," Obama said. "So you are about 4 1/2 years late on leadership on this issue."
"... My dear husband will be one of the people who will be sent around the world as a roving ambassador," she said, "to make it very clear to the rest of the world that we're back to a policy of reaching out ... and stopping the alienation of the rest of the world."
Monday, June 04, 2007
"Obama and Edwards clash sharply on war in 2nd debate"