Democratic candidates clash over war

Oct. 27, 2003 at 7:49 AM
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DETROIT, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The nine Democratic candidates for president clashed in a debate in Detroit on whether Congress should have authorized the $87 billion for Iraq.

Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut pointed out Sens. John Kerry of Massachusetts and John Edwards of North Carolina had voted against the Iraq authorization.

He further pointed out Gen. Wesley K. Clark had changed his position on the war and the funding, the New York Times reported.

"Wes Clark has six different positions on whether going to war was the right idea," he said at the debate sponsored by Congressional Black Caucus Institute and Fox News Channel.

Clark said he wasn't running for Congress and declined to answer but when pressed said he would not have voted for the $87 billion.

Candidates opposing the war have been: former Gov. Howard Dean of Vermont, the Rev. Al Sharpton of New York, Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio and former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois.

Kerry, Edwards, Lieberman and Rep. Richard A. Gephardt of Missouri, voted for the war resolution, but only Gephardt and Lieberman voted to continue the financing.

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