Kucinich blasts Edwards for debate proposal

New York (AP) -- One of John Edwards' rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination is accusing him of "trying to rig" the election.

This, after Edwards was overheard suggesting to Hillary Rodham Clinton Thursday that the number of people taking part in presidential candidate forums should be limited to the "more serious" candidates.

Clinton agreed, in the exchange that was captured on camera and by open microphones after an NAACP forum in Detroit.

Friday, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, one of the candidates who might be kept out of a more limited forum, is accusing Edwards of showing a "lack of integrity" in the way he made the suggestion and the way he then tried to explain it.

Edwards told reporters today he doesn't want to keep anyone out of future gatherings. Instead, he said, he wants to see them separated into two groups of four each, chosen randomly.

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