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On the Link Between Education and Poverty

On a question on the connection between education and poverty, the candidates attempted to outdo one another when it came to their commitments to the issue.

Gov. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) started the trend, noting that he had reformed education in New Mexico. Edwards called it "the cause of my life." Sen. Chris Dodd said he had spent 26 years in the Senate on the issue; "I have walked the walk on the issues," he said. Clinton one-upped Dodd -- "I have fought for more than 35 years...I don't think there is a more important issue."

Obama, the least experience candidate in the field, used his considerable oratorical skills to paint the issue in broader terms. "We need somebody in the White House who is going to recognize these children as our own," Obama said.

-- Chris Cillizza

By Eric Pianin  |  June 28, 2007; 9:48 PM ET
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