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Bob Woodward visits Stambaugh Auditorium

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward describes what he says is a civil war within both the Democratic and Republican parties.

The Washington Post associate editor spoke at Stambaugh auditorium Thursday night.

As an example, Woodward cited recent debt ceiling negotiations saying there was a roadblock to communication between the top leadership of the Democratic party- Senate Majority leader Harry Reid and President Obama.

Woodward, who broke the Watergate scandal with fellow journalist Carl Bernstein, also talked about what's different in the presidents since the White House occupant who was the focus of that scandal, Richard Nixon.

"There are lots of flaws, lots of problems, lots of mistakes but it's not hate. There is not that venom that was in the Nixon presidency," Woodward said.

A theme that ran through most of Woodward's comments were his concerns about secrecy in government as a real threat to our democratic way of life.

21 News producer Mike Gauntner contributed to this report.

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