Of the eight foes participating in the debate at South Carolina State University, four voted earlier in the day to support legislation that cleared Congress and requires the beginning of a troop withdrawal by Oct. 1. The legislation sets a goal of a complete withdrawal by April 1, 2008.
"Public education is under attack in our country, and there needs to be more focus on supporting it," Parker told BlackAmericaWeb.com.
"That was a mistake, which we remedied," he said. A wealthy former trial lawyer, Edwards recalled once having gone to dinner at a restaurant as a young child and having to leave because his father could not afford the prices.
Dodd said Bush was pursuing a "failed policy."
Kucinich jabbed at the senators on stage, saying it made no sense to oppose the war and then turn around and vote for more money as they did. The Ohio lawmaker voted against the legislation that cleared Congress earlier in the day.
Onyekachi Ogba, a student at Claflin University, contributed to this story.