November 16th, 2007
04:10 PM ET
3 years ago

The day after

CNN is moving its presidential debate production operation to Florida for the Republican CNN/YouTube debate.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) - Last night, it was the center of the political universe. But today it’s back to normal.

CNN and the Nevada Democratic Party held their presidential debate last night at the Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Inside the pavilion a crowd of some two thousand watched the seven Democratic White House hopefuls spar as they answered questions from CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Campbell Brown, John Roberts and audience members.

Today the inside of the pavilion is filled with workers breaking down the debate set. The set is being packed up and will be moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. That’s where CNN and YouTube will hold a Republican presidential debate on November 28.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser


Filed under: CNN/YouTube Debate • Nevada
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Americans for Truth in Media

    CNN did a terrible job on this debate. The opening was a waste of time, Wolf Blitzer had no control over the Clinton planted audience. The questions from the audience were staged or reframed in an inaccurate manner. The candidates were interrupted mid-answer. There were no follow up questions on key answers (The Clinton drivers license issue).

    CNN is a joke.

    November 16, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Terri Tacoma, Wa

    CNN, as you taking down and removing all the props – be sure to remember the UNLV college student asking Hillary about Diamond and Pearls.

    I assume we'll see her on Anderson Cooper's next roundtable discussion as a political analyst?

    November 16, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Joeley Reno, Nevada

    Wit, personality and character, that was Senator Clinton at last nights debate.

    While Obama and Edwards tried, they failed miserably in convincing the viewing public that they were anything close to Presidential.

    And talk about flip flopping, watch the reruns of Obama and Edwards when they're put on the spot about positions they've made about faces on. They looked like two fish out of water.

    Hillary on the other hand was outstanding in her demeanor, wit and yes, her responses.

    November 16, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. Ramona, Ellenwood, Georgia

    And today Jack Cafferty weighed in with his comments..comparing Obama response on illegal drivers licenses to Ralph Crandon and laughable. Even more laughable was Jack's comparison to Clinton response two YEARS ago. Is Jack with it or is his life flashing by on fast forward? After all this question was only brought up two MONTHS ago!

    November 16, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. Steve, Carmel, Indiana

    And now CNN finally endorses Hillary. It was clear during the debate, when the respected AC 360 covered the really identity of James Carville. Afterwards, James Carville was throwing jabs at Obama. And have you seen the anti-Obama ads by google on CNN? What happened to AC 360 and Wolf Blitzer? Your perfomance was not even near 100% transparent. Now i have my doubts about y'all!!!

    November 16, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. Terry, Butte, Montana

    I thought the participants in last nights debate did a good job.

    The after debate debate on 360, brought the debate to a shallow conclusion. Everything was about Hilary and what a great job she did while tearing apart the efforts of others to distinguish themselves from her views. The panel practically voted her into the white house right there on the spot.

    There were 6 other people on the stage but the only one focused on was Hilary.

    Very unprofessional of CNN.

    November 16, 2007 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. Connie, Tn.

    Wonder just how much all this grandstanding is costing tax payers. Let's save Social Security and get everyone on health care before all of these farce debates are staged.

    November 16, 2007 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. Michael, Des Moines, IA

    CNN ran the worst organized and least professional debate I have ever seen. It was truly pathetic. Wolf Blitzer is incredibly arrogant, when the truth of the matter is that any one of those seven on stage last night are above Wolf in any category.
    Lets hope CNN never hosts another debate...pathetic!!!

    November 16, 2007 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  9. christina, arlignton va

    wow way to totally ignore Dennis Kucinich.

    November 16, 2007 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Maria, Houston

    Yes, and all that's left is a bad taste of staged political games...

    CNN is "keeping them honest" just like Fox is about "fair and balanced".
    Both networks and their marketing slogans are the ultimate oxymorons.

    November 16, 2007 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. Kevin

    Go Joe Biden! I don't know why no one seems to see what a good candidate he is – could it be because the media spends ZERO time on anyone other than the "big three?" The other candidates had some very good, if not better, things to say, esp. Dodd and Biden, and it's just sad how no attention is given to these candidates. It's all about what a bad job Obama and Edwards did going after Hillary. It's no longer about the issues and what's important – the media only goes after the stories that make the best soap operas. I think that's why they like Hillary – she's good for juicy, gossipy stories.

    Furthermore, wasn't the only rule of the debate to ANSWER THE QUESTION? As usual, this goal remained elusive. Dodd was right – we don't want to hear what you have to say about the other candidates, we only want to hear what you have to say about the issues. We don't want the same old lame speeches that go on and on and never get to the answer – we want some real, candid responses. And we saw little of that last night.

    November 16, 2007 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  12. Michelle Ward

    During each debate every canidate on the stage states that they agree with "Joe." Though they are all impressive canidates Mr. Biden has the experience, demeanor and intelligence to be our next President. He knows the issues and the players. This impressive leader should get our nomination. Get the ball to Joe and he's sure to put it in the end zone.

    November 16, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  13. Ronald, Henderson, NV

    With all the media coverage from top to bottom about every little detail from each candidate’s momentum to another candidate’s laugh, there’s one thing that caught my attention more than anything else: DIAMONDS OR PEARLS??

    While the question from the UNLV graduate student appeared to be a joke, the answer to the question provided by the candidates was more insightful than I initially thought. Perhaps the student was more clever than the rest of us. While all the candidates shouted, “Diamonds!” Senator Clinton was the only one that still could not choose and replied “Both.” For such an insignificant comment, her answer, in my opinion, sheds some genuine light on her ability to make a decision.

    Cue the political analysts. Let us hear something from the CNN broadcast about this seemingly trivial answer and how it relates to the issues we allow our future leaders to solve. What does this foreshadow about a person’s convictions and their ability to make a decision based on those principles?

    November 16, 2007 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  14. Aaron Dee, Detroit, MI

    Shame on CNN, that debate was a disgrace to the intelligence of the American public. The young lady who asked the ridculious last question has outed CNN as staging the so called audience questions, and what a stacked pro Clinton audience. Sickening.

    November 16, 2007 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  15. Richard M. Tampa, FL

    Continued focus on the big WORSE three candidates will not help this country.

    WE NEED FOCUS ON THE BEST CANDIDATES.

    Chris Dood, Joe Biden are and even the others are better then the more popular three.

    I want to see more on the BEST CANDIDATES NOT THE MEDIA FAVORITES

    November 16, 2007 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  16. ronnie - knoxville, tn

    cnn 's liberal media bias shone through last night big time ! I take it Wolf and Anderson are endorsing Hillary ?...

    November 16, 2007 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  17. Frank C. Hulse, Pioche Nevada (Independent)

    I do not understand the media, saying that Hillary won the debate. It was clear to anyone who knows anything about a debate could plainly see that Joe Biden was head and shoulders above anyone on the stage. He was informed, answered the questions, and had a firm
    grasp of the issues and the desires of the American people. I don't understand the medias very evident bias to get the "top 3" in verbal sparing to trip someone up. If you looked for substance, Senator Biden surely gave it to you

    November 16, 2007 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  18. David Branch, Waco, Texas

    The Clintons are trying to turn this from a candidate selection process into a coronation. Big thanks to CNN for helping them out so much.

    November 16, 2007 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  19. Joe Demasky,Gonic,New Hampshire

    Wolf corrected the pronunciation of Nevada to the campaign associate of John Edwards,as being Nev-add-uh,not Nev-odd-uh. Can i please correct his pronunciation of Concord, New Hampshire?
    The correct pronunciation is by us natives as follows: It Is Con-Kurd not Con-chord. lol...just an observation ...They laughed at Nevada ...I had to laugh at Concord.Thanx Joe Demasky

    November 16, 2007 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  20. On Outside Observer

    The only thing sadder than last night's sorry excuse for a "debate" was the biased commentary attitude.

    Blitzer's questions requiring a "yes" or "no" answers on incredibly complex issues were laughable. This election is sadly going to be decided by CNN and Fox spin and huge corporations. I look forward to reading the comments four years from now to read what you all are saying about Clinton or Gulianai then.

    What a pathetic "democracy" the US has become...over two years for an election, no improved credibility on voting machines and simplistic, one word solutions.

    And you expect Pakistan to have an election in less than two months...

    November 16, 2007 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  21. Tony Passanante Hawley Minnesota

    Obama made the claim that raising the cap on SS taxes only affects 6% of the people. Aren't there a lot more households than that that earn $97k per year? I find that hard to believe.

    November 16, 2007 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  22. Madelyn McCarthy Port Orange, Fl

    This was not a debate it was a debacle. It was all about Hillary Obama and Edwards. The only one that makes any sense is Biden but he never gets a chance. After 20 minutes we put the tube to bed.

    November 16, 2007 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  23. ne,pa

    The losers last nite were Wolf and CNN!

    November 16, 2007 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  24. Joe Gold, San Francisco, CA

    I'm not particularly a CNN fan, but I have to say I found this debate well-formatted for moving along, getting to know something aboutn every candidate, yet flexible enough to accommodate free interchange. A tad chaotic at times, but Democrats are not the stiff-necked types that the Republicans are.

    Thanks for good television. Nice to see that Hillary has scripted in some "unscripted" remarks, but her plastic persona would be a liability if she is nominated. Too bad she lack's Bill's charm.

    November 16, 2007 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  25. Holly, Rochester, MN

    I think your analysis of the debate last night was way off. Hillary was unattractive on the defensive and Obama shone brighter than he has before. I wonder if sometimes, as pundits, it makes more news if you all agree on what didn't happen. To regular people out there like me, the competition isn't the news, it's the comments each candidate makes.

    November 16, 2007 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
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