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Edwards, Clinton chided for exchange
AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/14/07 | Brock Vergakis - AP

Posted on 07/14/2007 3:55:57 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

SALT LAKE CITY - Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd on Saturday criticized rivals John Edwards and Hillary Rodham Clinton, who were overheard discussing among themselves their hope of limiting the number of Democrats in presidential debates.

The private exchange was picked up by several broadcasters on an open microphone after an NAACP forum in Detroit on Thursday. All the Democratic contenders took part in the program, including Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, Joe Biden, Mike Gravel and Dennis Kucinich.

"I'd remind them that the mike is always on," Dodd told reporters on Saturday after addressing a state convention of Utah Democrats.

"Celebrity and money are not going to decide this race," he said. "People take some offense at it in these early primary and caucus states."

Edwards, a former North Carolina senator, and New York Senator Clinton had agreed that the debates would be more meaningful if there were only a handful of candidates.

"We should try to have a more serious and a smaller group," Edwards said, and Clinton agreed.

"Our guys should talk," Clinton said, complaining the format had "trivialized" the discussion.

Dodd is the third Democratic presidential candidate to visit Utah following Edwards and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who arrived Friday night for a state party fundraiser.

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, is expected to attend a fundraiser in Park City in August.

Utah is dominated by Republicans, but some wealthy Democratic donors can be found here and its central location in the West makes it important to presidential candidates seeking the Democratic nomination.

Dodd blasted debate organizers for giving Democratic candidates little opportunity to offer voters more than "bumper sticker answers" on important issues.

"My problem is you're insulting me and the American public when you give 30 seconds to talk about Darfur and Iraq," he said. Sudan's vast western Darfur region has been torn by ethnic conflict for four years, with more than 200,000 people killed and millions displaced.

In Utah on Friday, Richardson said voters should decide the election based on debates in which all the candidates can discuss issues unfiltered by big-money politics.


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chided; clinton; edwards; exchange

1 posted on 07/14/2007 3:55:58 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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Democratic Presidential hopefuls, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-NY., left, and John Edwards, talks during a forum at the NAACP convention in Detroit, Thursday, July 12, 2007. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio responded angrily Friday to a conversation overheard between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Edwards, in which the two spoke of limiting the number of candidates invited to participate in presidential forums. The Edwards-Clinton exchange was picked up by several broadcasters on an open microphone after the NAACP forum in Detroit on Thursday. All eight Democratic candidates took part in the program, including Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, Chris Dodd, Joe Biden, Mike Gravel and Kucinich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


2 posted on 07/14/2007 3:56:49 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...)
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To: NormsRevenge

I hear that the Democrats are going to perform another play shortly. It will be a remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The cast will be:

Snow White: John Edwards
Prince Charming: Barrack Obama
Evil Queen: Hillary Rodham Clinton
Dopey: Joe Biden
Sleepy: Mike Gravel
Happy: Bill Richardson
Bashful: Dennis Kucinich
Grumpy: Chris Dodd
Doc: Brian Williams
Sneezy: David Stanton


3 posted on 07/14/2007 3:59:32 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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Democratic U.S. presidential candidates (L-R) Hillary Clinton, Dennis Kucinich, John Edwards and Barack Obama talk to each other after a candidates' forum at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) annual convention in Detroit, Michigan July 12, 2007. (Rebecca Cook/Reuters)


4 posted on 07/14/2007 3:59:46 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...)
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I'm lovin' this.

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.,center, listens as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. right, talks during a Democratic presidential hopeful forum speaking before delegates at the annual NAACP convention in Detroit, Thursday, July 12, 2007. John Edwards is shown at left. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


5 posted on 07/14/2007 4:01:10 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...)
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To: NormsRevenge
Dodd blasted debate organizers for giving Democratic candidates little opportunity to offer voters more than "bumper sticker answers" on important issues.

Hey, they're "bumper-sticker issues", so what's the problem?

6 posted on 07/14/2007 4:02:08 PM PDT by Old Sarge (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub)
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To: Old Sarge

I heard that the Democrats are going to perform a play rather than hold a “debate”. The play will be a remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The cast will be:

Snow White: John Edwards
Prince Charming: Barrack Obama
Evil Queen: Hillary Rodham Clinton
Dopey: Joe Biden
Sleepy: Mike Gravel
Happy: Bill Richardson
Bashful: Dennis Kucinich
Grumpy: Chris Dodd
Doc: Brian Williams
Sneezy: David Stanton


7 posted on 07/14/2007 4:04:19 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: Old Sarge
Obama just asked Chris if he wanted to go grab a sandwich after the forum.

AP Photo/Paul Sancya


AP Photo/Carlos Osorio


8 posted on 07/14/2007 4:07:06 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...)
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To: NormsRevenge

The Fairness Doctrine comes all too soon to the Democrats.


9 posted on 07/14/2007 4:08:39 PM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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To: NormsRevenge

Yeah, and I can hear Obama saying, “You can be the white bread...”


10 posted on 07/14/2007 4:10:10 PM PDT by Old Sarge (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub)
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To: NormsRevenge

sigh..what is wrong with everyone on this board..this clearly has Karl Rove’s fingerprints all over this..get with the program..


11 posted on 07/14/2007 4:15:14 PM PDT by BerniesFriend
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To: NormsRevenge

Seems like Chris Dodd is getting as sick of the silky pony and his handler as we are.


12 posted on 07/14/2007 4:15:51 PM PDT by pray4liberty (going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than sitting in a garage makes you a car.)
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To: NormsRevenge

“We should try to have a more serious and a smaller group,” Edwards said, and Clinton agreed.


Of course they are right.

OMG, what have I done? I have to go take a shower and scrub off a layer of skin.


13 posted on 07/14/2007 4:22:52 PM PDT by mad puppy (I'd rather live a day on my feet than a year on my knees)
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To: NormsRevenge

I guess Steve Wynn is a DEM.


14 posted on 07/14/2007 4:47:20 PM PDT by az wildkitten
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To: NormsRevenge

Sorry Chrissy, get behind Denis in the complaint line—and to bad unlike him, no third party/independent bid lies in your future.


15 posted on 07/14/2007 5:03:13 PM PDT by Natchez Hawk (You take that diaper off your head! You put that back on Senator Vitter!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Celebrity and money aren’t going to win this race? Who does this guys think he is fooling? Celebrity and money rule all federal elections.


16 posted on 07/14/2007 5:41:10 PM PDT by vpintheak (Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked. Prov. 25:26)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hillary: "Look into my eyes, John!"
Edwards, whimpering: "No, I don't wanna! Leave my soul alone! Bill told me what happens when your pupils start glowing!"

17 posted on 07/14/2007 5:48:54 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (The Democrat Party: radical Islam's last hope)
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To: NormsRevenge

Boy the smile on girlymans, edwards, face looks reaqlly,really strained and oh so fake.

Would you buy anything from a person who smiled at you like that????


18 posted on 07/14/2007 8:29:31 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: NormsRevenge

Boy the smile on girlymans, edwards, face looks really,really strained and oh so fake.

Would you buy anything from a person who smiled at you like that????


19 posted on 07/14/2007 8:30:08 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: COBOL2Java

Hillary! to the Breck Girl: "Where did you get that nice spray-on tan? I need to get one just like it!"

20 posted on 07/14/2007 8:31:58 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: NormsRevenge
ABC VIDEO LINK
21 posted on 07/14/2007 8:36:58 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

Obama and Hiltery flew into Iowa on the same plane and into CA, they are running together. Don’t be fooled by polls of these two being seperate. This is scripted for you to think they are running opposing campaigns. A white woman as president and a black muslim as V.P. Look out America. Don’t be fooled.


22 posted on 07/15/2007 12:32:40 AM PDT by DISCO
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To: DISCO
I had a different take.

I hope none of my FR friends take offense to the contents of this post and take it in the same vein as a Mel Brooks movie.

"John, we gotta get rid of the n***er."

23 posted on 07/15/2007 3:36:47 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (It's turtles all the way down.)
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