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Democrats Criticize Rice in Debate Before Confirmation Vote

The Senate holds debate on the nomination of Condoleezza Rice to become the next secretary of state. Republicans had wanted a quick vote last week, but Democrats insisted on a nine-hour debate, in which they are not only questioning Rice's role in the formulation of Iraqi war policy, but the wisdom of going to war itself. The vote for confirmation, which is not thought to be in doubt, comes Wednesday. David Welna reports.