The otherwise uneventful two-hour Democratic presidential debate highlighted some key differences among the candidates and more significantly Sen. Clinton’s vulnerabilities (see: failed healthcare reform and the Iraq war).

Washington Post: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton found herself on the defensive here Wednesday night in a debate in which the Democratic presidential candidates clashed over withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq, the financial future of Social Security and Iran’s nuclear threat.

The two-hour debate features clear differences but few fireworks. Clinton (N.Y.), the front-runner for the nomination, drew steady criticism, but her seven rivals couched their disagreements with respect rather than scorn or sharp words.

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