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    Democrats were never asked about partial-birth abortion or the Iraq National Intelligence Estimate during presidential debates in the 2008 election


    Democrats were asked about the Iraq NIE and partial-birth abortion in 2008 presidential debates

    Democrats were asked about both topics during the Democratic presidential debates in 2007.

    In a April 26, 2007, debate, co-moderator Brian Williams asked John Edwards: "Our most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll indicated a majority of Americans approved of last week's Supreme Court decision to make so-called partial-birth or late-term abortions illegal. Most of the people on this stage put out statements and criticized the ruling. A lot of American families find this just a hideous topic for a discussion. Is this a case, do you think, of the Supreme Court and the public with opinions in one place, and yet a lot of elected officials in another?" Williams later asked Barack Obama, "On this same topic, what about your view on the decision on partial-birth abortion and your reaction to most of the public agreeing with the court's holding?"

    During a June 3, 2007, debate, moderator Wolf Blitzer asked Hillary Clinton: "Do you regret voting to authorize the president to use force against Saddam Hussein in Iraq without actually reading the national intelligence estimate, the classified document laying out the best U.S. intelligence at that time?" He also asked Edwards, "You didn't read that national intelligence estimate either. Do you regret that?"