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BBC NEWS | Americas | US running mates clash over Iraq

BBC NEWS | Americas | US running mates clash over Iraq: "US running mates clash over Iraq
The two vice-presidential candidates in next month's US election have clashed on Iraq and other security issues in a televised debate.
Republican incumbent Dick Cheney said invading Iraq was 'exactly the right thing to do'.
Democratic challenger John Edwards accused the administration of 'not being straight' with the US people.
The contest is seen as crucial after the perceived win of Democrat John Kerry in the first debate last week.
Opinion polls suggest that Mr Kerry and President George W Bush are running neck and neck ahead of the November election.
What we did in Iraq was exactly the right thing to do
Dick Cheney
You are still not being straight with the American people
John Edwards

At the start of Tuesday's debate in Cleveland, Ohio, Mr Cheney - who is seen as an architect of the decision to oust Saddam Hussein - defended President Bush's policy on Iraq.
He added that the former Iraqi leader had 'an established relationship' with Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network.
Mr Edwards countered by saying that the connection between the two was 'tenuous at best'.
'Wrong side'
The war, Mr Edwards said, had been a 'distraction' from the fight against terror, and accused the administration of having 'no plan to win the peace' in Iraq.
Mr Edwards also challenged his opponent over the multi-billion-dollar post-war contracts awarded to Halliburton, the firm Mr Cheney once ran.
Mr Cheney denied any wrongdoing and said the allegations were aimed at obscuring the 'undistinguished' record of the Democratic candidates on foreign policy.
I have great respect for Cheney, but he was like an old warri"

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