June 3rd, 2007
09:41 PM ET
15 years ago

Who won the debate?

Who do you think won the debate? Click on the "Add a Comments" link and give us your response.

Filed under: New Hampshire
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  1. Cara, San Diego, California

    Hillary won the debate and is spectacular!

    John Edwards is unbelievable as to what he would do in the first hundred days: Travel the world to restore our name–we have and always will have a good name. Is he looking to be an ambassador? To just take off like that in the first 100 days when the U.S. needs a president to manage this country, is like George Bush's vacations. Nobody picked up on this point!

    June 4, 2007 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. Steve Milt, Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360

    I don't know who won the debate but in my book Hillary Clinton goes to the bottom of the list. As an independent voter, I feel that running Hillary Clinton as the Democratic candidate is a good way to insure another four years of a Republican White House.

    June 4, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. karen brooklyn, ny

    hillary clinton. she never stopped amazing me. She can carry herself well, gives her speech well...and although she may be silent at times she is doing what a woman does best, and that is to be a listener. America needs to be heard. And so does all the third world countries around the globe. we all want to be heard. I believe she has the best presidential experience (frm former Clinton) and will also have the most biggest potential to clean up bush's dirt once again.

    June 4, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. Suzanne, Stafford, VA

    Senator Hillary Clinton was, by far, the most presidential of the group. I would say that Edwards finished a strong second behind her and that the rest of the candidates were a disappointment.

    June 4, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Nick, The Woodlands, TX

    I'm surprised by how few people give Edwards credit for his performance. If you want to talk about winning the debate in terms of who can expect the biggest poll bump, it's Edwards, hands down. If they were all on a level playing field, an argument could be made that Kucinich and Biden had won the debate, but no one will take the two of them seriously. Edwards did what he needed to do, and in a creative and forceful way.
    It's a shame that Obama has proven somewhat inept as a debater as he is such a great public speaker. The energy just seems to disappear when he's on stage with his opponents. Hillary came off as somewhat snotty, bearing her equivalent of the unfortunate GWB smirk. Richardson never comes off well in public, always appearing very self-centered.
    Thanks to Edwards cutting down Clinton and Obama, Al Gore didn't do too badly last night either.

    June 4, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. Scott, Corvallis Oregon

    John Edwards won the debate based on showing termendous leadership skills. Obama and Clinton talked about how they joined other in voting this way or that; Edwards talked about what he can do and what he will do as President. Leaders take responsibility. Obama says Edwards is 4 years late? Where was Obama 4 years ago? How can he say ANYTHING about anyone who did or did not vote for the war? It's easy to sit here and sya I would have voted for it, but if I were there with the lies the administration was putting in front of them, I am not sure how I would have voted honestly.

    June 4, 2007 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. Miha,Ohio,Cleveland


    June 4, 2007 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. Kim Morrison Homosassa Florida

    I think it is a toss up betwen Biden, and Kucinich. Kucinich was cooler and his answers appeared slightly more reasoned out than the others. I felt Biden responded the same way, but he leaves a impact better. Clinton has been taking debate lessons from her husband because she was smooth. Obama needs to find away to answer a question without going "Aa.." first, and John Edwards needs to find some new phrases because he has wore a few out, and "moral authority" is a head of the list. Dodd also did very well. It is a shame they didn't let him speak more. CNN should drop those hypothetical questions because seeking an answer to a situation, or issue that has yet to arise is utterly stupid. Clinton was the smart one for calling you on them.

    June 4, 2007 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. marie, richmond, va

    barack Obama won. Edwards totally turned me off. How can you possibly insult the one person on panel who spoke out on this war. Obama spoke out and explain exactly what would go wrong and he was right. edward is such a fraud, fake and full it. whenever he speak out on an issue its where most of america stands it turns my stomach. when Obama spoke out against this war it was not the popular idea. It was pretty scary during that time. Obama also explain we have to be careful getting out unlike the way we went in carelessly. Obama is very thoughtful and precise in his decisions. We don't need a poll chaser like Edwards. to think in the very begining I was thinking of voting for him.

    June 4, 2007 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. Seth, Bedford, NH

    Senator Joseph Biden came across as determined, confidant, and most importantly, dead honest. His comments, while aggresive, were realistic and true, not sugar-coated like the other candidates.

    June 4, 2007 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  11. David Springfirld, Massachusetts

    Hillary Clinton won and I hope she chooses Bill Richardson as a running mate.

    June 4, 2007 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. Miriam

    Joe Biden. Senator Biden showed is incredible knowledge of the issues and put forth actual ideas and plans to resolve the problems. He has worked hard on legislation, spoken up and made his positions clear, and has shown his leadership skills over and over again while in the Senate. I don't think we could ask for better than Senator Biden.

    June 4, 2007 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  13. S. Smith, Louisville Kentucky

    John Edwards gave the most honest answers of all the candidates. He actually debated the issues where everyone else just wanted to pat eachother and make nice. Hilary kept saying the differences between then were small, but if they don't have any differences than what does it matter who gets the nomination.

    Edwards was the winner hands down, with Biden a close second.

    June 4, 2007 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  14. Nancy Wehrell Winter Park Florida

    Any one of them (besides Gravel)could be a vast improvement over the mess we have in the White House. More and more I feel that Hillary is probably the most qualifed to clean up the disasters the current administration has created.

    I wish Bill Richardson would stop answering questions like he his reading his resume.

    June 4, 2007 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  15. Sam, Ann Arbor, MI

    Mike Gravel. Really.

    June 4, 2007 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  16. Diane Sampson, Bridgewater, NJ

    Barack Obama won the debate.

    Obama demonstrated he has the qualities of a true uniter.

    I was also impressed with Joe Biden and his handle on foreign affairs.

    Hillary Clinton continued to attempt to wiggle her way out of her huge error of judgement when she voted to invade Iraq, meanwhile she never read the necessary supplement materials.

    June 4, 2007 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  17. Jeremy Canton IL

    Could someone cue the Circus Music...........Fred Thompson won this week.

    June 4, 2007 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  18. Belinda, Belvidere, IL

    Gravel without a doubt. Gotta love his passion and honesty!

    June 4, 2007 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  19. Mark

    Great job Wolf! Kucinich won. As Jeremy from San Jose said, the only one who wouldn't murder innocents to get Bin Laden. It was amusing to see the "frontrunners" falling all over themselves to play tough guy. It's easy to be brave if you're an armchair warrior risking other people's lives.

    June 4, 2007 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  20. Brendan, Allentown, New Jersey

    Kucinich, Edwards,and Gravel. Yay for the far left!

    June 4, 2007 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  21. JR Santiago, Bronx, NY

    Kucinich is the only candidate who shows vision and reason. As President, he will surround himself with doers for peace and the general welfare of all US citizens. He will eradicate the empire and return to the democratic spirit of the 60's that made this nation a world leader. He has been right on the war since day one and he is right today. The right choice.

    June 4, 2007 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  22. Susan, New York

    John Edwards

    June 4, 2007 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  23. Craig

    Hillary Clinton. She is clearly presidential material, everyone was looking to her to lead discussion, and she proved she has what it takes. I was all for Obama until this debate – I am unimpressed with his performance. However, John Edwards will never get my vote. He was a mess.

    June 4, 2007 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  24. Pat Sellers Glenmoore, pa.


    June 4, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  25. Tommy Redmond, Carolina Beach, NC

    John Edwards clearly and intelligently answered his questions in an honest and sincere manner. He was assertive and the most presidential one in the debate. He was better informed and the most well spoken debater present. I'll vote for him anytime.

    June 4, 2007 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
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