Democratic presidential hopefuls face-to-face for first debate

After months of campaigning the Democratic presidential candidates stood face-to-face for the first debate of the campaign season. The format was fast and furious and covered a wide range of issues, including Iraq. Front runner Hillary Clinton was questioned about her vote authorizing the war.

"I take responsibility for my vote. If this president doesn't get us out of Iraq, when I'm president I will," Clinton said.

Other candidates also discussed their positions on the war.

"When I listen to mothers and fathers all across the country they are telling me it's time for us to come home," said Senator Barack Obama.

"This war is a disaster," New Mexico Governor Bill Richards said. "I would withdraw all of our troops, including residual troops by the end of this calendar year."

When asked about the recent Supreme Court decision on abortion Senator John Edwards stressed what's at stake in this election.

"The kind of people that will be appointed to the United States Supreme Court by the next president will control whether a woman's freedom, the freedom to choose to make her own health care decisions will be made by her or will be made by the government," Edwards said.

On the issue of gun control, when the candidates were asked if they ever had a gun in their home, five of the eight raised their hands. There was also a moment of humor from the Sen. Joseph Biden.

"Can you reassure voters you would have the discipline you need on the world stage," the anchor asked.

"Yes," Biden said.

If you missed the debate, you'll have plenty of other chances. Starting in July, the eight Democrats will debate once a month for the rest of the year. The Republican contenders go head-to-head next week.


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