November 16th, 2007
10:31 AM ET
10 years ago

Dems duke it out

CNN's Candy Crowley recaps last night's presidential debate.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) - CNN's Candy Crowley takes a look at how the candidates came out in last night's presidential debate.

soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Brandon, Golden, CO

    Why don't you guys, the media, ever talk about Joe Biden? He is clearly the most experienced, knowledgeable, and honest candidate but you guys won't quit talking about the trio of losers at the top. I am a Republican and would seriously consider voting for him to be the next President, but he won't have a chance to run because the casual American doesn't hear anything besides Clinton, Obama, and Edwards.

    November 16, 2007 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. Julie Overvig Medford,Oregon

    Biden was the most knowledgable candidate on every issue. Obama, he was cringe worthy when he was asked a simple question about illegals getting licenses, Obama it's a simple question they are here illegally you just say NO. Edwards and Dodd did the same thing( over explaining a basic question). and Kunich and Richardson, please there is a difference between immigrants and illegals and you both know better. Clinton finally got her answer after 2 weeks. Biden was the only candidate who got it right the first time.

    November 16, 2007 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  3. Bryan, Boston, MA

    Hillary is a Liar and a Sneak. She Threatened Wolf Blitzer before the debate that he had "better not gang up on her and make this all about Hillary." It seems the whimpy Blitzer has kowtowed to her too. How about, "Hillary, you and your husband are involved in a scandal that has resulted in the financial ruin and deaths of innocent people. Why don't you make public the documents you are hiding?" Or how about, "Hillary, you have been caught planting questions in the audience of political Q&As, also known as deceiving the American public. How do you have the nerve to even show up here tonight? We demand an explanation."

    November 16, 2007 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  4. ne,pa.

    Clapping, booing, and hissing shouldn't be allowed... period!

    Wolf and CNN did a terrible job!

    November 16, 2007 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  5. Tired of Corruption LV

    Duke it out?!?! CNN, Wolf and the rude crowd kept everyone away from Clinton and allowed her to ramble without answering anything clearly. What a sham. As usual, Clinton's people had to come to her rescue.

    November 16, 2007 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  6. Michael, Houston, Tx

    Hillary came away looking great.
    Biden made some good points, too bad he does not have a chance.
    Richardson came off with one or two good points, but came away as soft with his unrealistic – human rights is more important than national security
    Obama slipped in some of his own mud, and fumbled the ball on some. He did make a few good points as well, but did nothing to distinguish himself.
    Edwards looked and sounded like a desperate man.
    Dodd did not make much noise
    Kuchinich was good comic relief

    Hillary won this one… and needs to, she is the best candidate

    November 16, 2007 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  7. Tom Cooperstown, N.D.

    .Im voting for George Washington for president, and it's legal. He is in his second life.

    November 16, 2007 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  8. Christine, Atlanta, GA

    I am still up in the air about who to vote for as are many Americans and I expected better of CNN after the debate. Instead of discussing all of the candidates afterwards it focused the first half an hour on Hillary and Obama. I do not except that they are the automatic front runners but that is what the mainstream media is pushing. I think the other candidates deserve equal time by the press. I listened to Joe Biden for the first time last night and was very impressed. I also like Bill Richardson but their names are hardly mentioned. Shame on the media for forcing their "front runner" options on the public. Let us decide.

    November 16, 2007 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  9. J. McKinney SW MO

    Let's get real, folks. There is no way the part of the audience that booed Obama and Edwards could have been planted by Hillary or her group. If one college student had it suggested that she ask a question, and she couldn't keep her mouth shut, how could they possibly find all those people who were booing that would keep their mouth shut. They were booing because Edwards & Obama needed to be booed!!! They were getting out of line.
    I got such a kick out of Wolf insisting that everyone give a one-word answer to the drivers License issue. After so many made SUCH a deal about Hillary not giving a yes or no, it was interesting that NONE of the other candidates could give a one-word answer, either, when pressed. Obama, who made such a deal about her flip-flopping on the issue, found that he flip-flopped worse than she did, when asked the same question. Hillary must have felt better after watching that. LOL
    Go, Hillary.

    November 16, 2007 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  10. Roy Spring Hill, Florida

    The Democratic debate was business as usual, not very many questions answered, the candidates skirted around the question. They gave answers to what they thought the questions were. I am a registered Republican, I was most impressed by Biden, his answers were straight forward, no skirting around the issues. he even looked Presidential. I was very surprised at the way things were progressed by CNN, it was obvious CNN was catering to the " top 3" maybe in the future CNN and the other News Organizations can be more removed and objective, giving "EQUAL time to all candidates, allowing the voters to make the decisions.

    November 16, 2007 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  11. Brian, Eugene, OR

    I thought Joe Biden came across as genuine, humorous and knowledgeable. If he had the exposure of the more controversial candidates he would be a front runner and could easily beat any of the republican candidates. I hope the Democrats in the early primary states give him due consideration.

    November 17, 2007 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  12. Steve Johnson, Sugar Land TX

    Yes/No answers are convenient, but they are not helpful. They do not tell us much. In these debates, why must everything be portrayed as having a yes or no answer. When a politician gives a real response, the pundits say that they messed up. While right before the debate, you pretend to hope for the unscripted. You pretend to hope that the candidates give honest and thought out answers. Yet, after all of that, you ask simplistic questions and reward simplistic answers.

    November 17, 2007 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  13. Bob Young Rochester, New York

    only 24 comments? do I have to post on the Carl Rove story to get a post? CNN SUCKS. What does the middle N stand for I assumed it was News I guess I know what I made out of myself.

    November 17, 2007 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  14. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Hillary wowed the audience, while Edwards got boo from the audience. Obama mumbled and fumbled.

    November 17, 2007 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  15. Deshawna Rollins IOWA

    HILLARY BLEW AWAY OBAMA & EDWARDS and won this debate hands down!...Its very obvious when you see Obama next to Clinton how intimidated he is with her... Time for Obama to bail out of this race

    November 17, 2007 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. Bob, Greeneville, Tennessee

    The next time CNN airs a debate, let Lou Dobbs ask the questions....all the questions.

    November 17, 2007 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. Anyone but Clinton - Poway, CA

    Too bad Wolfe and CNN fixed this debate to give Hillarama a soft place to land after her disappointing showing in the last debate.

    November 17, 2007 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Carter

    The crowd was ridiculously rude and Wolf did not do a good job managing the time for each candidate. Go back to the buzzers and get rid of the stupid citizen questions!

    November 17, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. Donovan Brownstown, MI

    Forget Hilary, ... Biden, Dodd, and Kucinich were the best here. Why no coverage on them? Seems to be a virtual media blackout on all candidates not Hilary.

    November 17, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. Al Macon,GA

    Hillary is a pancake and Obama's 15min of fame are over. Hillary said that she feels comfortable in a hot kitchen...I'll bet she hasn't made anything that anyone would want to have in their mouth's since Chelsea was a baby. Snow Witch and the 7 Dork's are liberal puppets who would say or do ANYTHING to get nominated even if it hurt our national security, US jobs and our future on this planet. Ask Billy Richardson why his state (NM)has so many illegals living there in the first place let alone give them drivers licenses

    November 17, 2007 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  21. Stephen Johns Indiana

    Why couldn't CNN ask a hard ball question, something I NEED to KNOW does Hillary prefer scrambled, poached or sunny side up? my guess though is all 3.

    November 17, 2007 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  22. Sharon, Littleton, CO

    I agree with most of the comments here. The "squabbling" is in response to inflammatory questions that pit candidates against one another. As a voter, I'd like to hear these folks talk about the issues and where they stand. John Edwards needs to outline some ideas fairly soon or he'll be out of the race. I also don't think it is fair that all of the candidates aren't allowed to weigh in on all of the questions. Joe Biden is far and away the most qualified person and does come across as sincere, articulate, down-to-earth and humorous. Let's give him and the other "second tier" candidates a chance to articulate their ideas and vision for America.

    November 17, 2007 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  23. El, Ottawa, Ontario

    hehehe ... Obama waffles on the DRIVERS LISCENSE answer ... I can't stop giggling ...

    BTW, I think Hillary Clinton planted the whole Las Vegas audience for the debate. LOL

    November 18, 2007 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  24. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    I just saw bits and pieces of this debate. Considering what I saw, Wolf was very rude especially to Obama and overly protective of Hillary. Very shoddy.

    November 18, 2007 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
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