Iraq First Real Issue Discussed in Debate

Almost an hour into the debate, questions turned to real issues in the campaign instead of missteps in the campaigning.

Iraq was the topic and both senators defended their positions to pull troops out of Iraq – within 60 days for Clinton and 16 months for Obama.

Moderator Charlie Gibson questioned whether the senators were suggesting they knew better than Gen. David Petraeus.

Obama said it is the president who sets the mission and the general who carries it out. Clinton said the country needs to pay attention to other issues like Afghanistan and regain its credibility with the world.

“We don’t know what will happen if we withdraw,” she said. “We do know what will happen if we stay mired in Iraq.”

-Gina Passarella, Staff Reporter

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