Candidates debate ahead of Wisconsin primary
Monday, February 16, 2004 Posted: 9:23 AM EST (1423 GMT)
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (CNN) -- The five Democratic presidential candidates Sunday presented a unified front against President Bush even as they attempted -- albeit with polite language and cordial arguments -- to score points against each other in a contest in which polls show Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts with a wide lead.
At one point during the 90-minute debate, held at Marquette University and broadcast on MSNBC, Kerry spoke as if his nomination was all but assured.
Asked about his vote authorizing Bush to send U.S. troops to Iraq, Kerry, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, said, "I was voting for the process that the president posed. There was a right way to do this and a wrong way to do it. And the president chose the wrong way."