Edwards Talks Darfur, Global Warming with MTV Crowd

By Nitya

Sep 27, 2007 3:44pm

ABC News’ Raelyn Johnson Reports: There was no ‘boxers-or-briefs’ moment for Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards as he took part Thursday in MTV-MySpace candidate forum at the University of New Hampshire. Education dominated the discussion but topics remained weighty, ranging from Iraq to Darfur to global warming, covering even the rebuilding of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

(The MTV candidate forums put themselves on the roadmap to the White House in 1992 when then-Gov. Bill Clinton answered ‘briefs’ to the now-infamous and then-racy ‘boxers-or-briefs’ question.)

For Edwards, the forum’s tone quickly turned into Politics 101 as Edwards sought to school the college-aged crowd on the nature of politicians and to “listen very carefully when you hear the candidates.”

When asked about ending the war in Iraq, Edwards sought to clarify the different between his plan and what other candidates are proposing.  During Wednesday’s Democratic debate, Edwards said he would not continue combat missions in Iraq if elected and blasted Clinton for suggesting otherwise.

"It’s important for America to understand the difference," Edwards said as he reiterated his version of the exchange with Clinton.

Edwards was the first to participate in MTV’s series of candidate forums leading into the 2008 presidential election that was broadcast live on the Internet. 

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