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Soul-Searching During the Debate

The soul-searching continues at the South Carolina Democratic presidential debate.

Brian Williams asked each candidate to admit the biggest mistake they had made in the past four years.

Obama's answer was the most intriguing -- citing his decision to leave Washington during an Easter recess while the Senate was still meeting and allow Republicans to pass legislation injecting the federal government into the Terri Schiavo case. "I should have stayed in the Senate and fought," Obama said.

Edwards and Dodd both said their votes for the use of force resolution against Iraq in 2002 was their biggest mistake. "Unfortunately I will have to live with that forever," Edwards said.

Clinton went for self-deprecation ("I don't have enough time to tell you the mistakes I have made over the years) before citing her failed attempt to reform health care and her belief that President Bush would go to the United Nations and pursue diplomacy in Iraq before force was used.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 26, 2007; 8:13 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Posted by: anonymous | April 28, 2007 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Notice Clinton did not say voting for the war when asked what her biggest mistake was. She does her very best to muddy the waters about her position on the war, saying that Bush mishandled it, she wants to withdraw troops, and she would have voted differently if she could do it again. But she still WILL NOT admit she made a mistake. In reality she thinks the war was a good idea but Bush just screwed it up (as opposed to it being just a bad idea period) and she plans to keep us in Iraq indefinitely with a smaller force than Bush has. If there is one thing that is worse than Bush's surge, it is Hillary leaving even fewer troops there. If you want to pull out, you pull out completely.

Posted by: Q | April 27, 2007 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Gravel is a nut job libertarian who left the Democratic Party long ago and his entry into the Debate list is a farce. Why doesnt the Post look into his recent background and question just why his search for press and relevancy is being allowed.

There should be filters to who is allowed in the Debates. If it comes to who is running, there are Im sure hundreds of candidates - out in the looney ether - Gravel should be placed there with his fellow silly people.

Posted by: Timl | April 26, 2007 9:54 PM | Report abuse

They all did pretty well but kucinich made a great impression on me when he talked about our constitution and the fact that the bush administration has trashed it. I firmly believe all americans deserve justice for the wrong done to our country and constitution and any politician in the race should also if they honestly want to work to make this country great again.

Posted by: starla | April 26, 2007 8:49 PM | Report abuse

all she has to do is say "i'm sorry" and she's got so much leverage, but having a woman is way overdue, she will have to lose it somehow.

obama is there, no doubt.

still, unless dems impeach, gravelle's going to be the best choice to get the truth out, for once, or any of the other ones brave enough to run and not simply be an establishment mouthpiece.

being lied to is a painful, searing experience. we can respond now, in places like this. so it's best to go ahead and tell the unwashed the truth, we may actually vote for you because of it, or not. we WILL survive bushco, stay on point, someone is listening.

Posted by: py | April 26, 2007 8:49 PM | Report abuse

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