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Is Obama moving towards Clinton on terrorism?

04/26/07 11:41PM

After the first question, there was some space between them on their answer to a question about how they would respond to a domestic terrorist attack.  Obama expressed concern that we carefully deal with international colleagues.  Clinton made it clear that retaliation against the enemy would be right in her sights if the blame could be clearly identified. read more

Winner: Hillary Clinton

04/26/07 11:39PM

Hillary Clinton was superb in saying what she would do if the US was the subject of a terrorist attack- Attack back.Note to Barack Obama: When asked about America’s three most important allies, don’t forget about Israel.Joe Biden had the best moment of the night when asked if he was verbose and whether he could avoid gaffs he gave a one-word answer: Yes.  It was sharp, funny, and the time limits were Biden’s friend.  Winner: Hillary ClintonWinner among the second tier: Joe Biden- seemed genuinely presidential.Didn’t seem to be there very much: Barack ObamaNo hits, no runs, no errors: John Edwa read more

Strong endings for Edwards, Obama and Biden

04/26/07 11:36PM

(By msnbc's Joe Scarborough)Damn. John Edwards just gave a fantastic closing argument. It was the most human moment of the debate and is the type of snapshot of a candidate's soul that moves voters. Barack Obama's best moment may have been standing up to Kucinich on Iran. And Joe Biden waving off happy talk was a moment that would even make heartless Republicans smile. A strong ending for these three. Still, no clear winners. read more

Most repulsive moment

04/26/07 11:34PM

(By msnbc's Tucker Carlson)Most repulsive moment: Watching virtually the entire stage defend partial birth abortion. This is an act so cruel and brutal that few news accounts even describe it. It’s too disgusting. The vast majority of Americans, even those who are generally pro-choice, oppose it. read more

Clinton and Obama: Who is stronger on terrorism?

04/26/07 11:32PM

After the first question, there was some space between them on their answer to a question about how they would respond to a domestic terrorist attack.  Obama expressed concern that we carefully deal with international colleagues.  Clinton made it clear that retaliation against the enemy would be right in her sights if the blame could be clearly identified. read more

Clinton should get the nomination

04/26/07 11:28PM

(By msnbc's Joe Scarborough)John Edwards has had a stronger second half while Hillary Clinton has seemed a bit flat. She said she supported George Bush when he took US troops into Afghanistan but...she...uh...wasn't for attacking a country like Iraq that didn't attack us. But, of course, she did. Still, Clinton, Edwards and Obama have done what is required to get out of the first debate. Hillary Clinton should be the next Democratic nominee for president if she avoids big mistakes. Tonight she did. read more

The Gay Married Elephant in the Room

04/26/07 11:24PM

Chris Dodd made the case for same sex marriage so eloquently and then said he was against it.   Too bad this issue didn't go down the line with other candidates. I'm sure there will be other chances for them all to finesse this issue.    read more

Bill Richardson is magic

04/26/07 11:12PM

(By msnbc's Tucker Carlson)Best question of the night: "How do hedge funds make America a better place?" Brian Williams asked that question of both Hillary Clinton and John Edwards. The correct answer is: They don’t. Yet both candidates dodged it. In other words, John Edwards is running an entire presidential campaign against corporate greed and on behalf of the disenfranchised working man, and he can’t even bring himself to criticize hedge funds, the very symbol of parasitic capitalism run amok. Come on. read more

A closer look

04/26/07 11:05PM

(By Brooke Brower, Hardball producer)One person in the audience, who's less than 20 feet from the stage, has binoculars -- and he's using them. It's unclear what he can see that the rest of us can't. One observation without binoculars: Edwards drinks his bottled water straight from the bottle. read more

Scarborough's status report

04/26/07 10:59PM

(By msnbc's Joe Scarborough)Halfway through the first Democratic debate, it seems Hillary Clinton is meeting expectations. Not flashy but solid. Her answers on health care and government competence were strong. Barack Obama has yet to meet expectations of healing the sick or raising the dead, but is performing as well as required. John Edwards seems weaker than he was in his upstart 2004 campaign. Joe Biden and Dennis Kucinich are doing well, but to little effect. read more

Issue roundup

04/26/07 10:56PM

Abortion - everyone but Dodd was OK  (He said he didn't regret voting for the not-so - secret right winger Justice Roberts).  No throw to Hillary was disappointing given the importance of the issue to women.  Obama did a good job on the big picture and Biden was the only one who took on Brian's theory that the American people support limits on abortion.Guns - frankly, everyone was vague.  They should have talked about how the Republicans let the assault rifle ban lapse.Edwards should have knocked this one out.  He didn't seem to have a focused message for the tax versus funding of healthcare i read more

Surprising gun revelation

04/26/07 10:47PM

(By Brooke Brower, Hardball producer)Mumbling ensued in the crowd as candidates answered Williams' question about who has ever had a gun in the house. Richardson, Biden and Dodd quickly raised their hands, but a few seconds passed before Dodd Gravel and Kucinich raised theirs. read more

Winner: Biden; Loser: Edwards

04/26/07 10:45PM

(By msnbc's Joe Scarborough)When Brian Williams warned the candidates that he was going to be bringing up elephant-in-the-room issues, the top tier candidates had to flinch. His first question tied Barack Obama to a corrupt contributor. Obama stumbled a bit but recovered quickly. John Edwards was scuffed up on his $400 haricut that was in direct conflict with his two-America's jargon. But Joe Biden hit his curveball out of the park. Williams asked whether he could assure Americans that he could stop being a human gaffe machine and guard his mouth.Biden's answer? read more

More temperature observations

04/26/07 10:44PM

(By Brooke Brower, Hardball producer)Clinton just opened her water bottle for the first time and Kucinich leaned over to hand her her glass. As the audience intermittently fans itself, the candidates apparently have a different climate because pages from Biden's notepad occasionally ruffle from a fan somewhere on stage. read more

Biden scores first laugh

04/26/07 10:43PM

(By Brooke Brower, Hardball producer)There have been a few chuckles so far, but Biden scored the first extended laugh with his one word reply to a question about his verbiosity. Gravel is not only getting laughs, but also prompting some in the audience to talk among themselves. read more

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