Which strategy do you think will be more successful? (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) – Here’s some quick post-debate thoughts:
John Edwards got himself back in it - he showcased his style and his key issues, and is clearly back in the game. He showed he continues to deserve to share a debate stage with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and voters here will likely give him another look after tonight.
The debate showcased the remarkably different primary strategies of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. She's going for the partisans that have historically constituted the overwhelming majority of primary voters. This is clear over and over again in her language, every time she talks about "fighting Republicans."
Obama, on the other hand, talks a very different game - he repeatedly said tonight he can forge consensus, and will work with Republicans.
Clinton's strategy of going for the partisans in the primaries has shown itself to be a winning one time and again. But this election season has been anything but normal - and it's possible that after eight years with one of the most partisan presidents in history, even partisan Democrats want a consensus builder.
Clinton is running as the anti-Bush, while Obama is running as the un-Bush. Which will primary voters prefer?
MIAMI (CNN) – Sen. John McCain on Monday dismissed concerns about his age raised by action-film star Chuck Norris, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's most famous backer.
Norris, who has cut tongue-in-cheek campaign ads for Huckabee, told reporters at his Texas ranch Sunday that serving as president accelerates the aging process 3-to-1.
"If John takes over the presidency at 72 and he ages 3-to-1, how old will he be in four years?" Norris asked as Huckabee looked on. "Eighty-four years old - and can he handle that kind of pressure in that job?"
McCain sighed theatrically when asked about that remark Monday.
"I'm afraid I may have to send my 95-year-old mother and wash Chuck's mouth out with soap," he said.
McCain, who won Saturday's Republican primary in South Carolina, was on the stump in south Florida.
MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) — What were they talking about?
(CNN) – Viewers watching the South Carolina debate Monday night had the unique opportunity to weigh in on the Democratic candidates as they discussed the issues. The red line graph over the debate footage indicates the voter response.
People meter: Watch Edwards fight for his chance in the debate.
People meter: Watch the candidates spar over health care.
People meter: Watch Clinton and Obama argue on their economic standpoints.
Related: Watch CNN's Erica Hill report on the real time viewer reaction
–CNN’s Emily Sherman
MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) - I enjoyed the second half of this debate considerably more than the first. The different format - they were all seated in chairs - facilitated more of a conversation on the issues. It lacked the fireworks of the first half, but it touched on issues Americans actually care about.
Related: Watch Clinton and Edwards discuss their 'fundamental differences'
– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider
MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) - Well, it's obvious who the Democrats think will win the Republican nomination: They're all talking about who will run strongest against John McCain.
This is new - and it's likely the result of his South Carolina win on Saturday. Now each are laying out their plan on who can beat a Republican candidate who has repeatedly shown he appeals to independents.
Clinton is holding strong on her mantra that she's a fighter who has withstood the "Republican attack machine." Obama and Edwards, on the other hand, are stressing their broad appeal to voters not usually inclined to vote for a Democrat.
And Obama is injecting Iraq in the debate - his strongest issue - saying he can draw a powerful contrast with McCain on Iraq. On the other hand, John McCain is likely to win any debate on national security - it's his strongest issue, and he speaks on it with a degree of authority that virtually no other politician has.
Related: Watch Edwards discuss his strategy against McCain
– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider
MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) – John Edwards just referenced a CNN poll that showed him the most competitive against John McCain in a general election match up, and he also highlights that in an ad running here. But there's a problem - that poll is a month-and-a-half old.
In the most recent CNN poll, Obama and Clinton both tie McCain. Edwards was not matched up in that poll. It's fair for Edwards to bring up the poll, but it's misleading to say he is the only competitive Democrat.
Related: Watch John Edwards weigh on his performance in the South Carolina debate
MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) – Barack Obama is running as a post-partisan - he speaks of building bridges, forging consensus, and moving past red and blue states. It's a very appealing message to many Americans, but can it rally the Democratic base, seething to take on Republicans?
MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) – Hillary Clinton constantly speaks in partisan terms - that she knows how to "fight" the Republicans - she's been doing it "for 16 years." It's very different from Obama, and it's a tone that is very appealing to many partisan Democrats that make up the majority of primary voters - but how will it play in a general election match up?
MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) - Hillary Clinton is playing nice with John Edwards. She just called him a 'son of the south' - effectively reminding voters here he is one of them. It seems like she wants him to stick around in this race.