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5.3.03

Presidential contenders debate in South Carolina for democratic ticket

North Carolina Senator John Edwards and eight other Democrats with hopes of being the next president clashed over the war against Iraq, health insurance and President Bush's tax cut in an early primary debate Saturday night in South Carolina.

Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean's argued Saddam Hussein really wasn't much of a threat.  Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut took issue with that assessment. He says no Democrat who's weak on defense will be elected to the White House.  Lieberman also says he's unwilling to raise taxes to pay for health coverage. Edwards questions any plan that would leave the decisions to "big corporate America."

No Democrat has carried South Carolina in a presidential race since Jimmy Carter of neighboring Georgia in 1976. Graham and Edwards say their southern roots can help them beat Bush.

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