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Democrats take aim at China in US presidential debate

August 8, 2007

CHICAGO (AFP) – Democratic presidential candidates launched a stinging round of attacks on China on Tuesday, targeting “bad food” imports and defective toys while accusing Beijing of manipulating the yuan.

At a campaign debate before a receptive audience of thousands of labor union members, candidates engaged in the first round of ‘China bashing’ — a staple of past US campaigns — of the 2008 White House race.

Front-runner Senator Hillary Clinton warned the United States must deal with China’s “currency manipulation.”

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Bloggers applaud rebuff of lobbyists

August 5, 2007

By Christina Bellantoni
August 5, 2007

CHICAGO — A presidential forum hosted by liberal bloggers drew sharp exchanges yesterday when John Edwards challenged his rivals to stop taking donations from lobbyists.

“We need a transparent government,” said the former senator from North Carolina, a favorite among those attending the Yearly Kos convention. “Why don’t we start today reforming the Democratic Party by all of us committing: no more, from this day forward, not a dime from the Washington lobbyists.”

The 1,400 people in the ballroom leapt to their feet for a sustained ovation. Later, Mr. Edwards said voters “know who has the power in Washington, D.C., and they know it’s not them.”

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