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Dodd Knocks Edwards, Clinton for Trying to Limit Debates

Dodd Knocks Edwards, Clinton for Trying to Limit Debates

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd was in Salt Lake City today -- one in the crowded field of Democrats running for president.

Dodd took issue with comments John Edwards and Hillary Rodham Clinton were overheard making on limiting the number of Democrats in presidential debates.

Dodd says he'd remind the other candidates that the microphone is always on at public events.

He also declared -- quote -- "celebrity and money are not going to decide this race."

The former North Carolina senator Edwards and New York Senator Clinton were overheard in Detroit on Thursday saying that debates should be limited to only a handful of candidates.

Edwards could be heard whispering, "We should try to have a more serious and a smaller group" -- and Clinton agreed.

Clinton replied, "Our guys should talk."

Dodd is the third Democratic presidential candidate to visit Utah.

He follows Edwards and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, who arrived last night for a state party fund-raiser.

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

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