Iraq Questions Return at Edwards Event

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From CBS News' Aaron Lewis

CEDAR FALLS, IOWA -- Compared to the event in Dubuque earlier today, we saw a more placid John and Elizabeth Edwards at this afternoon's event at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.

John Edwards maintained his "fighter" rhetoric while holding back from speaking directly to Barack Obama's criticism. And Elizabeth spoke to her husband's electability while restraining herself from using the tough words on the GOP that we heard in Dubuque.

The Q and A session was intriguing for the surprising amount of questions on Iraq. These sorts of questions had dried up on the trail of

Compared to the event in Dubuque earlier today, we saw a more placid John and Elizabeth Edwards at this afternoon's event at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.

John Edwards maintained his "fighter" rhetoric while holding back from speaking directly to Barack Obama's criticism. And Elizabeth spoke to her husband's electability while restraining herself from using the tough words on the GOP that we heard in Dubuque.

The Q and A session was intriguing for the surprising amount of questions on Iraq. These sorts of questions had dried up on the trail of late but tonight Iraq was evidently on the minds of these voters.

The questions came in different forms, but the bottom line was these voters wanted to know when the troops would be out and how to protect them while they were still there.

Edwards vowed to consider military decisions as president on a personal level.

"I would think about every man and woman that we send to any place to serve exactly the way I'd think about my son," he said. "And that's the way it should be treated. That's the way all these kids should be treated."

At one point Edwards interrupted his own remarks to ask anyone in the room with a family member serving in Iraq or Afghanistan to stand and be recognized. About two dozen of the nearly 400 in attendance rose and received an appreciative 25-second ovation.


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