July 23rd, 2007
09:53 PM ET
3 years ago

Biden: In God I Trust

(CNN) - As the CNN/Youtube debate wound down Monday night, the questions got a little more spiritual.

Showing two sides of a quarter and reading the inscriptions on each face, a YouTube questioner asked Sen. Joe Biden, of Delaware, how his faith has shaped his life.

Biden paused, looked down, and responded.

"My values, my reason dictates outcome. My religion taught me about power. That's why I take the position I take on the floor. It came about as a consequence of reasoning. I don't find anything inconsistent about my deep religious beliefs."

It was the first prolonged discussion about religion during the debate, though Biden had previously referenced his Roman Catholic faith in response to a question on public versus private schools.

– CNN Contributor Josh Lipsky


Filed under: CNN/YouTube Debate
July 23rd, 2007
09:52 PM ET
3 years ago

Biden won! No, Obama won...

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (CNN) – Joe Biden won the debate. Well, at least according to the Biden campaign. By my count they were the first campaign to put out a press release crowning their candidate as the winner of the CNN/YouTube presidential debate. The Obama campaign was a close second with a press release declaring victory. And so it goes.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser


Filed under: CNN/YouTube Debate
July 23rd, 2007
09:47 PM ET
3 years ago

The jacket debate

(CNN) - New York Sen. Hillary Clinton's jacket proved to be its own subject of debate at the end of the Democratic presidential debate in South Carolina Monday night.

When asked to say something positive and something negative about the candidate to his left, Clinton, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards said, "I admire what Senator Clinton has done for America, what her husband did for America." Then he added, "I'm not sure about that coat."

But Illinois Sen. Barack Obama disagreed. "I actually like Hillary's jacket. I don't know what's wrong with it," Obama said.

– CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich


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July 23rd, 2007
09:46 PM ET
3 years ago

A family matter

(CNN) – In vintage Clinton fashion, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, takes a question that exposes a potential weakness in her campaign and turns it into a strength.

When asked, if elected to two terms as president, how she felt about a Clinton or Bush serving 28 straight years in the White House, Sen. Clinton replied, "I think it is a problem that Bush was elected in 2000. I actually thought somebody else was elected in that election," in an obvious reference to Al Gore who won the popular vote in 2000, but lost in the electoral college to George W. Bush. The answer was interrupted by a flurry of applause from the audience.

Once the applause died down, she added, "I am running on my own merits, but I am very proud of my husband's record as president of the United States," which was also a good applause line.

–CNN Producer Ted Metzger


Filed under: CNN/YouTube Debate
July 23rd, 2007
09:44 PM ET
3 years ago

YouTube, We Spin

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (CNN) - The debate is over, now the spin begins.

The spin room is starting to fill up with campaign surrogates, media, and bloggers.

If you are not familiar with a spin room, it's where some of the candidates come to tell the media and bloggers why they won the debate.

The top tier candidates won't come here, so don't expect to see Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards. But a team of surrogates from their campaigns, as well as from the other candidates, will start spinning to anyone who will listen.

It's a wild scene, like the trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange.

The bottom line. There's a lot of hot air in here.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser


Filed under: CNN/YouTube Debate
July 23rd, 2007
09:40 PM ET
3 years ago

Richardson loves his rivals - as potential VPs

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Why does New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson love all of the other Democratic candidates? Because he thinks they'd make great vice presidents.

"Let me just say I love all the candidates here," Richardson said. "In fact, I think they would all do great in the White House as my vice president."

And when asked to say something good about Sen. Joe Biden, Richardson praised his foreign affairs credentials and said, "He will make an excellent secretary of state for me."

– CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich


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July 23rd, 2007
09:38 PM ET
3 years ago

Gravel: I took the train

(CNN) - Former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel wasn't lucky enough to take the same kind of luxury transportation to the debate in Charleston, South Carolina as most of his Democratic rivals. But he hopes to next time.

"I took the train," Gravel said. "Maybe one of these guys will give me a ride someday."

Six of the eight Democratic candidates raised their hands when asked if they took private or charter flights to South Carolina. Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich was the only other contender who said he did not take a private plane to the debate site.

– CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich


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July 23rd, 2007
09:37 PM ET
3 years ago

Kucinich: global warring versus global warming

(CNN) - In response to one of the more surreal YouTube videos shown, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, answered a YouTube question from a father and son team of melting snowmen.

"What will you do to ensure that my son will live a full and happy life?" the elder snowman asked.

Kucinich compared the global warming issue to the war in Iraq.

"We have to understand the connection between global warring and global warming. Because when we start talking about wars for oil, we're essentially keeping the same approach to energy," Kucinich replied.

CNN's Anderson Cooper asked Kucinich whether he thinks his fellow and candates are "green enough."

"No," Kucinich responded. "I think that the reason is that if you support, for example, in Iraq, if you say that Iraq should privatize its oil for the U.S. oil companies, then what you're doing is you're continuing a commitment to use more oil."

Kucinich went on to speak about his proposed environmental program.

"We don't have to have our snowmen melting, and the planet shouldn't be melting either," Kucinich said.

– CNN Associate Producer Natalie Apsell


Filed under: CNN/YouTube Debate
July 23rd, 2007
09:36 PM ET
3 years ago

Differing diplomatic philosophies

(CNN) - The question was a simple one but it elicited one of the few differences between Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama so far in the race for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination: "Would you be willing to meet separately during the first year of your administration, with leaders of Syria, Iran, Venezuela and others to bridge the gap between our countries?"

Obama said he would be willing to have such meetings. "The notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them - which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration - is ridiculous," explained Obama.

But, Clinton hedged. She wouldn't promise outright to hold meetings with those countries the way that Obama had. Instead, she promised "a vigorous diplomatic effort" and explained "you don't promise a meeting until you know the intentions. I don't want to be used for propaganda purposes and don't want to make a situation worse."

– CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart


Filed under: CNN/YouTube Debate
July 23rd, 2007
09:33 PM ET
3 years ago

Candidates talk sex

(CNN) – There were the predictable sheepish looks. The slightly goofy laughs. For a moment, the eight power players running as Democrats for president turned into awkward parents confronted or recalling The Sex Talk.

But it was just a moment, then the politicians kicked in. At the CNN/YouTube debate, Planned Parenthood worker Anne Laird of Pennsylvania asked the candidates whether they had spoken, in anatomically correct terms, with their children about sex.

"We've been through the whole experience," said a smiling, somewhat jocular John Edwards.

Edwards has a daughter in college and two younger children, aged nine and six. Edward's son Wade died in 1996 when he was 16. The former North Carolina senator said he was sure he had used correct terms in discussing sex with his older children.

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, had to confront vocal criticism launched by Republican candidate Mitt Romney earlier in the week. Obama has endorsed some elements of sex education starting in kindergarten, an idea that Romney attacked. Obama fired back at Monday's debate.

"This was the same proposal (Romney) supported when he was running for governor of Massachusetts," Obama said, showing you don't need specific or anatomical terms to convey the idea of a "flip-flop".

– CNN Radio's Lisa Goddard


Filed under: CNN/YouTube Debate
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