WASHINGTON (CNN) - In a post-debate interview with CNN, Gov. Bill Richardson gave his own performance a mixed review. "I did well. I was a little concerned I didn't get the main difference between me and the other candidates. That is, I take all the troops out by the end of this calendar year, leaving no residual forces."
Richardson said he believes he has the most experience on the issues of immigration, healthcare, foreign policy, and the genocide in Darfur.
– CNN Associate Producer Natalie Apsell
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
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani's campaign criticized the Democrats' views during Sunday's debate.
“Tonight the leading Democrats once again proved they are out of the mainstream on the important issues facing our country – whether it's being in denial about the terrorists’ war against us or calling for a massive tax increase," Giuliani's Communications Director Katie Levinson said in a statement. "It couldn't be more clear that America needs a strong leader like Rudy Giuliani who understands we need to be on offense in the war on terror and provide tax relief to grow our economy.”
- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN)– In the spin room following Sunday’s Democratic debate, many people praised Sen. Biden’s performance , applauding his performance as strong and assertive.
- CNN 's John King and Xuan Thai
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign strategist Mark Penn praised her debate performance to CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King and said that besides Clinton, Delaware’s Senator Joe Biden "had a strong night."
"I think the net is she went in a frontrunner and came out a frontrunner," Penn said.
Former President Bill Clinton was mentioned throughout the debate as someone to fill a role in another administration, with Former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson naming possible positions for him if they were elected president. Penn said "dial groups" showed a strong response and said that "may have been the most interesting question of the debate."
Responding to former Sen. John Edwards' criticism of Clinton's approach to her vote on the Iraq supplemental bill, Penn said, "she was able to explain her position and her three point plan to end the war and I think the net of the entire Iraq discussion was that she made her points."
When Sen. Barack Obama charged Edwards for being "late on leadership" for initially voting to authorize the Iraq war, Penn said Clinton "was able to rise above it." Penn said the Obama and Edwards argument was "telling" and that it showed they are fighting to be number two to Clinton.
–CNN’s John King and Lauren Kornreich
ATLANTA (CNN) – Asked whether young Americans should have to serve their nation after they complete high school, Rep. Dennis Kucinich said he would mold his administration’s stance on service after the Kennedy administration’s.
“I would take the approach that John F. Kennedy took when he said, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country,’ and inspire young people to want to serve,” the Ohio congressman said, quoting from Kennedy’s inaugural address in 1961.
“There are so many different ways that we can encourage you to serve,” Kucinich said, adding that he would encourage young Americans to help clean up the environment, tutor children, help the elderly and work in hospitals, in addition to encouraging them to serve in the military.
“To make it mandatory loses the point,” Kucinich said. “People want to love America again. And when you have a president who will inspire the young people, they'll want to get involved,” he said.
- CNN Associate Producer Taylor Gandossy
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - The debate’s long over, but the real fun is just getting started. All the action right now is in the spin room. Never heard of such a place? Well, it’s where the candidates go to tell journalists and bloggers what they just said in the debate. And it’s where surrogates go brag about how well their candidates performed, which is basically SPIN.
Right now the room is packed. Television reporters are doing live shots in the corners of the room, and journalists and camera operators are crowding surrogates speaking at eight different stations, one for each campaign. It’s quite a zoo but very entertaining. The biggest stars in the room right now are Bill Richardson and Elizabeth Edwards. They’re the biggest names in the room and they’re each attracting the biggest crowds.
I’m heading back down into the action myself.
– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser
WASHINGTON (CNN) – According to Democratic strategist and CNN Contributor Donna Brazile’s scorecard:
Former North Carolina Senator Edwards looked “smart” and Delaware Senator Joseph Biden “was on fire.” Brazile said Biden's passionate answers distinguished him from the pack. And Brazile thought Senator Edwards was the best prepared of all the candidates.
– CNN Contributor Josh Lipsky
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Did Joe Biden hit a homerun Sunday night? The Delaware senator is battling to climb out of the second tier of Democratic presidential candidates, and his supporters think his debate performance helped the cause. Biden was quite forceful when answering a question about the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. I just spoke with Biden senior adviser David Wilhelm moments ago in the post-debate spin room. Wilhelm told me Biden’s response showed that the candidate is presidential material.
Wilhelm didn’t say Biden hit a home run Sunday night, but not surprisingly he was pleased with the senator’s responses. That feeling was echoed by Jim Ryan, a New Hampshire state representative and a Biden surrogate in the Granite State.
Wilhelm did say he'd hoped Biden would have had more time to explain his vote on the Iraq war funding bill. Biden was the only Democratic presidential hopeful to vote in favor of the bill. Still, Wilhelm said it's going to be a long summer , and he’s confident Biden will have more time to explain his position on Iraq.
As for going up with campaign commercials, Wilhelm said the campaign’s in no rush. Rival second tier candidates Chris Dodd and Bill Richardson are already both up with ads in Iowa and New Hampshire.
- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser
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