Democrats Come out Swinging at Debate

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - In a debate full of tense moments and terse comments, the leading Democratic frontrunners put on their gloves and took some serious jabs at one another Monday night.

Shortly after the debate began Sens. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards began a series of very heated exchanges as the two attacked each other's records. The debate was sponsored by the Congressional Black Congress Institute in Myrtle Beach.

Click play to view David Brody's wrap up of the Democratic debate 
Before the debate began, a gospel choir sung a medley of gospel hymns, but the goodwill ended there.

Shortly after the debate began, Obama and Clinton began a series of very heated exchanges as the two attacked each other's records.

"What she said wasn't true," Obama said at one point. "There was a set of assertions made by Senator Clinton as well as her husband that are not factually accurate… I think that part of what people are looking right now is someone who is going to solve problems and not resort to the same typical politics that we've seen in Washington."

Clinton replied, "I believe your record and what you say should matter."

And as the two candidates went back-and-forth throughout, talking over one another, Edwards managed to chime in and ask "Are there three people in this debate, not two?" He added "We have got to understand -- you know, and I respect both of my fellow candidates -- but we have got to understand this is not about us personally"

At one point, Clinton and Edwards both asked Obama why he voted "present" on dozens of issues while in the Illinois legislature.

"Senator Obama, it's hard to have a straight-up debate with you because you never take responsibility for any vote," she said. "On issue after issue, you voted present.Whenever someone raises that, there's always some sort of explanation."

Saturday, South Carolina will hold its Democratic primary.

Be sure to log on to for the latest on the election. David Brody and Robin Mazyck will be in the Palmetto State covering the primary.

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Robin Mazyck

Robin Mazyck

Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief

Robin Mazyck serves as Bureau Chief for CBN News' Washington, D.C., bureau. Robin has interviewed a number of prominent politicians and national figures for the network, including Mike Huckabee, Dennis Kucinich, Michael Steele, George Lopez and more.