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Sweet Dem AFL-CIO forum special. Edwards punchs at Clinton. Report 3.


CHICAGO—White House hopeful Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Ct.), who has been shortchanged in time in previous debates, got the leadoff question in this AFL-CIO debate, about the bridge collapse in Minnesota. “I’ve stood with labor,” he said.

Dodd’s answer about infrastructure included a call to cut funding for the war in Iraq—an implicit swipe at Senate colleagues Barack Obama (Ill.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) who voted for a supplemental Iraq war funding bill.

Throwing the first of several punchs, (much more later on this) former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) aimed at Clinton, charging “We don’t need to change one group of insiders for another group of insiders. The Clinton team expected Edwards to throw darts at her. Echoing a call from Saturday’s YearlyKos presidential forum, also in Chicago, Edwards, putting Clinton again in his sights said it was time to say no to “Washington lobbyist insider money.” (see Report 2 post below)

The forum is in Soldier Field, with a stage at the north end. No rain. Muggy and hot. Mayor Daley greeted the crowd.

Chicago Bears mention: Clinton, born in Chicago, raised in Park Ridge said her late father was a Bears fanatic fan and he would be proud to see her standing on the Bears 10 yard line.


As compared to Obama and Edwards, Hillary is simply a woman among boys....

She doesn't have to worry, he hits like a girl.

As the competitions between presidential candidates increase and tense up, the candidates need to be reminded of the critical issues that still trouble our society today. Issue such as global poverty needs to be address by our candidates to each and to the general public. As one of the nation that has pledge to fulfill the goals of Millennium Development Project, whose goal is the elimination of world hunger and poverty, the Bush Administration has not shown any substantial action to bring this fundamental problem to a stop. According to the Borgen Project, dedicated to fighting and ending Poverty around the world, only $19 billion dollars are needed annually to stop world wide poverty, hunger and malnutrition. However, more than $340 billion dollars has been poured into this “war on terror.” And each year, our country has a military budge of $522 billion dollars. It's time for a new leader who will be addressing an issue that affects 1.2 billion people everyday worldwide.

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