Democrats court liberal bloggers

CHICAGO (AP) -- Seven of the eight major Democratic presidential candidates went before an audience of mostly liberal bloggers in Chicago.

All seven promised universal health care, aggressive government spending and dramatic change from the Bush era.

However, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton drew boos and hisses at the Yearly Kos convention by refusing to forsake campaign donations from lobbyists.

John Edwards and Barack Obama sought to put Clinton on the spot. Obama said Clinton should know better than to accept lobbyists' donations because, he said, special interest money helped sink her health care package in 1993.

Edwards asked crowd members how many of them were represented by lobbyists. A few hands went up, and his point was made.

While they don't accept money directly from lobbyists, Edwards and Obama are not above benefiting from the broader lobbying community. Both accept money from firms that have lobbying operations.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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