Democrats Debate

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photoNine Democrats held their first Presidential debate on Saturday, May 3rd, 2003 in South Carolina, where they battled over the war in Iraq, the economy and health care insurance.

The nine Democratic candidates were:
Gov. Howard Dean
Sen. John Edwards
Rep. Dick Gephardt
Sen. Bob Graham
Sen. John Kerry
Rep. Dennis Kucinich
Sen. Joe Lieberman
Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun
Rev. Al Sharpton

The debate highlighted deep differences among the candidates, with some of them questioning whether the Democrats are endangering the party's chances to win back the White House next year.

Click the "Listen" link above to hear an add-up of the political scorecard from top political watchers who were present at the debate.


Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for Time magazine

John Harwood, political editor The Wall Street Journal

Jack Beatty, news analyst for On Point and senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly magazine

This program aired on May 5, 2003.


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