MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider and political analysts J.C. Watts and James Carville weigh in on who won, who hurt themselves and who had the best one-liners in Sunday's Democratic presidential debate. Read what they said, and tell us who you think won.
Atlanta (CNN) – An assembly of some choice quotes from the debate:
Obama: Stop the Bullying
"What we've seen over the last six years is the effort to replace bluster and belligerence and saber-rattling for solid diplomacy and strategy and foresight." - Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois
Clinton: Bush to Blame
"This is George Bush's war. He is responsible for this war. He started the war. He mismanaged the war. He escalated the war. And he refuses to end the war." - Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York
Edwards: I Was Wrong
"I think I was wrong. I should have never voted for this war." – Former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina
Kucinich: Where is Our Courage?
"Americans need to reconnect with our deepest sense of self here. We have to remember the courage that it took to form this country is still within us." - Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio
Biden: I Can Do Better
"Folks, being commander-in-chief requires you to occasionally be practical." - Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware
Dodd: America Needs to Play Catch-up
"We have too few of our people in our country that can understand second languages. This is the 21st century. This is a global economy. We need to encourage more diversity in that." - Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut
Richardson: I Will Not Separate Families
"I would not support legislation that divided families; I would not support legislation that builds a wall, a Berlin-type wall, between two countries the way the bill in the Congress exists today.” - Gov. Bill Richardson, D-New Mexico
Gravel: Fellow Democrats Not Qualified
"We have killed more Americans than was done on the 11th of September. More Americans died because of their decision. That disqualifies them for president." – Former Sen. Mike Gravel, D-Alaska
-- CNN contributor A.J. Willingham
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Just moments after the Democratic presidential debate drew to a close, Marcia Morgan struggled to declare a winner, or for that matter a loser. As the candidates signed autographs, she pondered and pondered about who won the debate as she stood in the "red zone" - prime seating near the front of the stage for undecided Democrats and Independent New Hampshire voters. Morgan tried, but for her there was no clear winner.
"I thought it was great to hear from all of the candidates," she said. "I like getting a little glimpse of everybody. There was a little glimpse of sunlight on all the candidates."
CNN spoke to several of these undeclared audience members immediately following the debate and many did walk away with stronger impressions of some of the Democratic candidates than others. Like Morgan, some did not.
Here are their thoughts:
"I was impressed with Gravel. I thought he was very good, very straightforward. Many of the other people I thought were very political, which is very frustrating and I don’t know how they are going to change their way." - Garry Morgan, Bedford
"I didn't think Edwards did well tonight. I was very open and I kind of was very interested in him, because I am a seven-year breast cancer survivor. So I think of his wife and I pray for her. But I think he was really cool and was acting a little non-chalant for this forum . I think that Biden did very well tonight. I think he came out with some very strong points and I think that Hillary did very well tonight." - Bonnie McSpiritt, Londonderry
"I thought that Hillary, Barack and Bill Richardson did the best out of the eight of them. I think that Barack of Hillary left more of an impression." - Lee Kitchen, Charlestown FULL POST
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Illinois Sen. Barack Obama stopped by a debate watch party at Murphy's Tap Room in Manchester, New Hampshire to personally thank local supporters for their help.
"Rain, shine, it doesn't matter, you have been working on our behalf," Obama said. "And I say our behalf and not my behalf because this campaign belongs to you. The only reason I'm here is to shake your hands, let you know I am thrilled with all the work you guys have done."
As Obama entered the room, supporters chanted, "Obama, '08, we are part of something great." Obama joked with the crowd, saying that he knew they were only pretending to watch the debate and that he was sorry to interrupt the Yankees versus Red Sox game.
– CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Was there a break-out performance tonight? CNN Contributor Republican analyst J.C. Watts thought Biden came the closest, “I don’t think there was anyone who broke out, with the possible exception of Joe Biden.”
Senator Biden, D-Delaware, conveyed a sense of urgency when he raised his voice to get two points across. The first was over the vote for funding the troops. Dismissing the notion that his vote to fund the war had strengthened the insurgency, Biden accused Bush’s policies of “emboldening the enemy.”
Biden also spoke about the Sudan. He accused the government there of “engaging in genocide.” If the United Nations fails to act, “we should impose a no-fly zone and commit 2,500 U.S. troops,” urged Biden
Watts concluded that Biden had a “very good command of the issues,” and wonders if tonight’s performance will help him in the polls
– CNN Associate Producer David Gracey
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, told supporters "I think we had a good night tonight" in an appearance after Sunday night's debate. Clinton showed up at Millie's Tavern in Manchester about 20 minutes after leaving the stage. She told the crowd she has to rush to New York for an early morning appearance, saying one drawback of running for president is "you can't just hang out at Millie's."
-CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, has been on the national political scene for two decades.
Despite a strong showing in CNN’s Democratic Debate and being on the national scene for twenty years, Republican Strategist Mike Murphy still doesn’t think Biden is a first tier candidate. "You can see a glimpse of what made him such a star 20 years ago when he was the fresh new face in the Democratic Party … he showed a little bit of that tonight, but [is] still the second chair."
– CNN Associate Producer Natalie Apsell
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - The spin room is emptying out. There are just a few people left. But Mike Gravel is still talking. The former Senator from Alaska continues to make his case to some of the remaining reporters in the room. I must say Gravel’s got staying power. He’s been in the spin room talking non stop for about an hour. He may be at the bottom of the polls, but when comes time spent in the spin room, Gravel’s in first place.
– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN ) – Columnist and author Eric Alterman has been released after being arrested Sunday night inside the debate spin room. He was charged with criminal trespass after police say he refused repeated orders to leave.
Goffstown, N.H. police said Alterman was in the spin room as a guest of the Creative Coalition and went to an area reserved for a private reception for WMUR-TV. Police said he was asked by an executive at the party if he was invited to the private area and was asked to leave. A police officer was called after a verbal altercation ensued. According to police, Alterman was asked seven times to leave and became increasingly loud as he refused. After ignoring a final request, police said he was handcuffed and taken from the building.
Alterman spoke with CNN after being released. He called the arrest a “misunderstanding” and claimed he did not refuse orders to leave.
He told CNN he was waiting in the spin room for the debate to end but there was no place to sit. He claimed he saw an area upstairs and was not stopped when he walked up there. He said he saw a bar area and asked if it was an open bar. Told that it was, he ordered a wine and a water. He then said he was approached by a man and asked if he was invited to the party. Alterman said he asked for the man’s name because he had been treated “brusquely”. He said the man declined to give his name and called for an officer.
Alterman said he “never raised his voice once” and identified himself as a journalist. When he asked for the police officer’s name, the office threatened to arrest him. Alterman said he asked for a supervising officer to come over and tried to explain the situation. He claims he was cut off and acknowledged he may have been argumentative when he said, "could I please finish a sentence here?”
He was booked and released after paying $30. Alterman said he will fight to get the charges dropped.
Alterman writes a column for “The Nation” and writes the “Altercation” blog for Media Matters. He also has authored several books, including
WhyWhen Presidents Lie.
– CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire(CNN) - Following Sunday’s Democratic presidential debate, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards’s campaign said their man showed leadership.
The Edwards camp said Edwards proved the need for honest discussion and leadership on the issue of Iraq and health care.
- Chief National Correspondent John King and Political Researcher Xuan Thai