MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - David Axelrod, the senior strategist for Senator Obama’s presidential campaign said, “I was very happy to have it made clear that Sen. Obama was against the war from the beginning.”
He added he “did not think Sen. Clinton distinguished herself in that discussion.”
He also noted that he was happy that Obama, “took the lead on the immigration and English only discussion.”
Axelrod previously advised former North Carolina Senator John Edwards during Edwards’ 2004 presidential bid.
– CNN Chief National Correspondent John King and Political Researcher Xuan Thai
Senator Clinton has absolutely told the American people that she opposes the war in Iraq. I do think that when she becomes President, she will have the ability to end the war and bring the troops home.
I thought Obama clearly won the first half of the debate, but seemed way too uncomfortable during the second half. You could see him nervously playing with his hands and he gave non-answers to most of the questions he got during that session.
I did favor Senator Obama of the Democratic candidates and my inital impression of him was very strong, but I feel he is playing the same game as almost everyone else. While Obama was against the war to begin with he had the luxury of not being part of the machine at the time and only really had his own conscience to answer to. I watched cspan as the senators cast their votes for the spending bill for the war in Iraq, in my opinion Obama and Clinton waited it out and had their votes actually made a difference I think they would have voted for the funding, in fear that it would have come back to bite them.
I thought Obama was the answer to government reform, but he really is starting to show he really is a brillant freshman with great ideas and is looking to the way the seniors play game...I can't see him changing the game.
I'm an independent looking for someone who is strong enough to challenge the system and to bring both parties with him. I want a leader who doesn't play games.
Now I am taking a closer look at Senator Ron Paul.
The Obama crew ought to be happy. This was the most unfair debate I've seen in my life.
Debate Final Times: total seconds (5808) = equal times would be: in minutes 10:4533, in seconds (645.33) in % .1111
*Min. *Sec. *%
Obama 16:00 (960) .1653
Clinton 14:29 (869) .1496
Wolf 13:24 (804) .1384
Edwards 11:42 (702) .1209
Richardson10:48 (648) .1116
Kucinich 9:02 (542) .0933
Dodd 8:28 (508) .0875
Biden 7:58 (478) .0823
Gravel 5:37 (337) .0580
Gravel, Biden & Dodd have more Federal government experience each than Clinton, Obama & Edwards combined. They should really be complaining about this unfairness.