January 5th, 2008
10:02 PM ET
6 years ago

White House hopefuls face off in the aftermath of Iowa

Sen. John McCain, left, and Fred Thompson, center, shake hands with debate moderator Charles Giblson.

Sen. John McCain, left, and Fred Thompson, center, shake hands with debate moderator Charles Giblson

(CNN) – A narrowed field of White House hopefuls sparred about nuclear terrorism, immigration and one another as they faced off in a double-feature debate in New Hampshire on Saturday, just three days before the state holds the first-in-the-nation primaries.

The six Republicans and four Democrats mingled briefly on stage at Saint Anselm College in Manchester - some shaking hands, others hugging and chatting - in between their respective debates as the audience applauded.

Republicans went first in the invitation-only event, with world affairs dominating the first portion of the debate.

Mike Huckabee, fresh from his big win in the Iowa caucuses, defended his statements criticizing President Bush's foreign policy for reflecting an "arrogant bunker mentality."

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  1. Mike

    Mitt's pharmaceutical industry are good guys. NBC reported $60 BILLION in Medicare fraud, and almost every major drug company contributes to it (see criminal/civil fines) but they are good. Just think of Mitt when you pills cost $850 – that is always "technology" not corporate exploitation on the ill. Damon Co., his former company paid $119 M for Medicare fraud. That is the real deal

    January 6, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. ESH

    Why is it that when Senator Clinton addressed Senator Obama and Senator Edwards she addressed them as "Senator Obama" and "Senator Edwards". When either Obama or Edwards addressed Senator Clinton they called her "Hillary". That is down right sexist. As a woman, I find that degrading and belittling.

    Why didn't one of the moderators ask them about the difference in addressing "Hillary" versus how they address each other and Governor Richardson.

    I have lost respect for them both.

    January 6, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. andrew k, RI

    i for one, am so happy ron paul was on that stage last night... in his moments of clarity he actually did a good job.
    :)

    January 6, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  4. J. Dean, Juno Beach, FLORIDA

    A QUICK REVIEW OF THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS.
    FRED THOMPSON, PRESIDENTIAL
    MIKE HUCKABEE, PRESIDENTIAL
    MIT RUMNY, PRESIDENTIAL
    RUDY GIULIANI: THIS MAN ACTED AND ACTS AS IF HE IS THE SON OF RONALD REAGAN. ONCE HE USED TO TALK ABOUT 9/11, NOW HE CHANGED GEARS AND TALKING ABOUT R. REAGAN. WHAT' WRONG WITH THIS MAN ?
    JOHN McCAIN. HE IS THE SAME FRUSTRATED MAN WHO CANNOT CONTROL HIS ANGER. BEFORE WESEE HIM AGAIN HE SHOULD TO AN ANGER CONTROL CLINIC. OLD AGE AND SOMETHING ABOUT HIS QUESTIONABLE HEALTH THAT McCAIN CANNOT CONTROL. HE SHOULD START RESPECTING HIS CO-PARICIPANTS.

    January 6, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Ginny, Byron, CA

    I am so proud of Hillary for finally standing up to Edwards and Obama (who have been constantly attacking her in an effort to diminish her years and years of outstanding service). Interesting that Edwards said, "I didn't hear these kinds of attacks from Sen. Clinton when she was ahead". A few months ago during the second CNN debate, when Hillary was way ahead in the polls, Edwards and Obama ganged up on her and attacked her for the first 30 minutes of the debate. Even the moderators handed her loaded questions. Obama and Edwards got a free ride from CNN in that debate and never had to answer any tough questions. As usual Obama spoke in generalities, a lot of pretty words lacking substance of any sort. Since then, both of them have smeared her, mocked her accomplishments, and demeaned the lifetiime of service she has given to our country. What a shameless bunch of wimps! It would be nice if they focused on their own records, as Hillary does, and let us know exactly what they've accomplished for the people of our country. Oh, that's right, for all their big talk, they both have undistinguished political records. But now they've got plenty of hope and dreams of "change". Hillary was the only one of the three who, in her career, didn't waste time and talk on dreams of change but waded in, worked hard, and brought about real change that, over the years, has benefited American children, families, veterans, etc. God bless her, and may she continue her good work on behalf of all Americans.
    God Speed, Hillary!

    January 6, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. jimmy, Iowa

    My teen ager just told me it was ok to smoke pot and snort crank because Obama did. Obama YOU BETTER EXPLAIN TO MY CHILD NOW> I WILL HOLD YOU RESPOINSEABLE> YES I AM ANGRY

    January 6, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. Phil Memphis, TN

    Romney = Phony
    Huckabee = Hypocritical religious Zealot
    Paul = Interesting, but a little looney
    Giuiliani = Morally Bankrupt
    Thompson = Oh, is he running? Is he awake?
    That leaves McCain. Can't really see much bad there other than he sometimes comes off like a grumpy old man.

    With all of that said, and with the damage that the criminal Bush administration has done to the country, and to the Republican party, why don;t they save everyone a lot of time and money and all drop out, as the chances of a Republican being elected are zero, which in this case is probabl,y a good thing.

    January 6, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Chris, Middletown, CT

    The reason I like Rudy and will support him – is that fact that he is the ONLY moderate running....a social liberal and fiscal conservative...consistent message.

    The only rhetoric that is tossed his way is the unions in NYC don't like him (a plus...as they are destroying our country) and he was divorced and doesn't have a great relationship with his children (if you take child rearing and marital advice from the president...you have other issues...)

    According to the debate last night....30% chance of a nuclear attack on a US city in the next 10 years.....want a passive Democrat to defend us? (me either)

    Name another social liberal and fiscal conservative running (other than Bloomberg....and he's not running...yet)

    January 6, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. pat

    i am so disappointed at the way cnn is reporting on the political news. i have always enjoyed cnn because they are fair and do not try to railroad people or be onesided in their views but you guys have already decided who is going to win on each side and you are using your influence to try to shape the way america votes. you should be ashamed. obama is a wonderful motivational speaker but has no experience and clinton has wonderful experience but is not the greatest speaker mccain has no personality but loves america probably more than any one running and edwards is trying to take down clinton because she is an easier target than obama and romney is so superficial but we don't really to get to see all of these people and form our own judgements because you all decide who gets the coverage and you put your spin on things. don't you trust america to make the right decision without you all trying to fix the election. give us a break. two weeks ago it was all clinton and romney now it is all obama and mccain you are being so unfair to all of the candidates. cant you just report what is said and done without putting your own spin on it. i know that you realize that you shape peoples minds with your opinions. come of you guys be fair and have faith in america.

    January 6, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. tom

    Bill will continue to drag Hillary down.... She's down for the count...

    January 6, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. Richard

    Governor Huckabee in one of his latest stump speaches said

    " We have to recognize the importance of valuing every human being iregardless of their color, we now have to value every human being irregardless of their net worth, of their IQ, of their ability or disability.

    I am a pro life person, not because that is a political position for me I am a pro life because I believe every human being has worth and value. Every person counts, nobody is insignificant – everybody has significance."

    I noticed that he did not include us Gay Americans as valued or significant. How come no one in the media, or anyone else, has called him on this issue????????????????????

    How will he value Gay Americans? Will it take a gay presidential canditate for him to include us as valued and significant?

    If he is looking to be president of all the people he needs to understand that it includes US.

    January 6, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. Overvig

    I missed the experience and knowledge and great wit of Joe Biden.

    January 6, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  13. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    Mitt Romney won the Fox News debate tonight hands down!
    No doubt about it.
    Now if CNN and Fox News, NBC, CBS and ABC will let this out of the bag!

    January 6, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  14. MJ

    Mike January 6, 2008 10:55 am ET

    Mitt's pharmaceutical industry are good guys. NBC reported $60 BILLION in Medicare fraud, and almost every major drug company contributes to it (see criminal/civil fines) but they are good. Just think of Mitt when you pills cost $850 – that is always "technology" not corporate exploitation on the ill. Damon Co., his former company paid $119 M for Medicare fraud. That is the real deal

    Mike, I hope people are paying attention to whom Willard Mitt defended in that little match with McCain.

    In response to John McCain's criticism of the pharmaceutical companies' part in blocking the American people's access to cheaper medicine from Canada, Willard Mitt Romney jumped all over McCain for “picking on the pharmaceutical companies” because, Willard Romney said, pharmaceutical companies do a lot of good and help the American people.

    I hope people will pay attention to what phony hypocrite Willard Mitt Romney said in the debate or be prepared to pay even more for prescriptions. I am not crazy about McCain, but he is a lot better than Willard.

    January 7, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
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