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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Former Senator John Edwards is taking jabs at Senator Hillary Clinton for her refusal to disavow a 2002 vote on the Iraq war.

At the first all-candidates forum of the 2008 Democratic presidential campaign, Edwards said Clinton’s decision is "between her and her conscience."

Like Clinton, Edwards voted in 2002 to authorize the invasion of Iraq. But unlike her, he has since apologized for his vote. He said today that it’s time to begin withdrawing troops.

The format of the event in Carson City, Nevada, didn’t permit Clinton to respond to Edwards.

Among Democratic presidential contenders, only Barack Obama skipped the event, which was hosted by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union. The Illinois senator campaigned in Iowa instead.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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