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The Dems on the issues

From NBC's Mark Murray
Sorry for the lack of additional posts today, but we were traveling to South Carolina for Thursday's Democratic presidential debate. But we're now back to work, and here's a story to chew on in advance of the debate...

There's one thing you can safely say about the early presidential contest: It hasn't been boring.

Much of the drama, intrigue and bickering has occurred on the Democratic side: intramural squabbling over the 2002 Iraq war authorization vote; a tiff over David Geffen's remarks about Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.; the money race between Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.; or the revelation that Elizabeth Edwards' cancer has returned.

But with the first Democratic debate set for Thursday – moderated by NBC's Brian Williams, broadcast live on MSNBC, and streamed live here on MSNBC.com – these mini-dramas have obscured an interesting fact about the Democratic contest.

The candidates actually agree on nearly all of the major issues.

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