Iraq War Dominates First Democratic Presidential Debate

Orangeburg, SC (AP) -- The war in Iraq is dominating the first Democratic Presidential Debate.

Of the eight contenders taking the stage at South Carolina State University, four voted earlier in the day to pass a Senate war funding bill that calls for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.

Illinois Senator Barack Obama says the government is "one signature away" from ending the war. He says if President Bush vetoes the measure, then Democrats should start rounding up Republican support to override the veto.

New York Senator Hillary Clinton says if Bush doesn't end the war, she will if she's elected in 2008.

Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards says anyone who voted for the 2003 invasion should "search their conscience."

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