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.

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  1. Terry, New York, NY

    I don't think there was a clear "winner" of the debate. Each of the candidates showed strengths and weaknesses in their performance tonight. In fact, it wasn't really a true debate, as every candidate did not have the opportunity to address each question. I would like to hear the the views of ALL of the candidates. Too many of the questions were skewed to the media-appointed "front runners", Clinton, Obama and Edwards. We'll never get to know the views of all the candidates unless the media stops playing favorites.

    June 4, 2007 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  2. Randy Orlando Florida

    Biden is the clear obvious choice. He has more experience than all others combined.

    Obama is a lightweight. If he would have read the intelligence report to vote to give bush the authority to start a war, he too might have voted for it.

    Nobody voted to go to war, they voted to give bush the ability to go to war. They did not expect him to pull the inspectors out and go to war.

    June 4, 2007 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  3. Adnan NY

    Obama did it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 4, 2007 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  4. j, houston, tx

    gravel from alaska is the most honest...too bad they gave him the least amount of camera time (just as in the last debate)...he should be given a cabinet position with the next democratic president (hopefully al gore!)

    June 4, 2007 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  5. Michael, Cambridge, NY

    Hillary Clinton. Mike Gravel is a loudmouth baby and Richardson and Kucinich are idiots. I loved Hillary's jab at Cheney.

    June 4, 2007 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  6. Craig Cooper, Thayer, MO

    Hillary Clinton, hands down. She is the most experience, articulate candidate in the field by a long shot.

    Obama impressed me, and I feel that this was a great improvement over his initial performance in the MSNBC debate. He's a great speaker, but debates are a challenge to him. However, substantively, he's getting there.

    I also loved Biden's passion. I think he did a lot for his candidacy tonight.

    Richardson was a complete disappointment... this was not a good night for him, and coupled with his awful MTP interview, he may have hammered the last nail in the coffin of his campaign.

    Also, Edwards blew it. He came off as a whining idiot who was completely insincere.

    As for Gravel and Kucinich... must we really invite them to the party? Puh-lease.

    Dodd did well, but didn't get enough talk-time and didn't really stand-out.

    June 4, 2007 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  7. Erik John in Holland, Mich

    Sen. Mike Gravel and Rep. Dennis Kucinich continue to display the most fundamental and sensible Progressive platform. Kucinich is the only one talking about single payer and Gravel was spot on in exposing some of the so called front runners who are flat out not doing their jobs. His proposal for earning college tuition through civil service is dynamite. I'm very inspired by these two they are making the most of what little time they are given to speak and both display tremendous leadership qualities.

    June 4, 2007 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  8. Don, Bow NH

    Biden seemed to be the most decisive and has the most common sense. Don't leave your troops defenseless. I want a strong president that will stand up for what is right and not necessarily politically correct. Edwards is second and the rest are last

    June 4, 2007 04:58 am at 4:58 am |
  9. Victoria, Stockton, CA

    Obama won hands-down. He's what America needs right now else we'll regret again as has happened electing George Bush against Kerry!!!

    June 4, 2007 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  10. Erik, Irvine CA

    I agree with the comments that Wolf Blitzer did a poor job - he kept jumping in, making little noises and saying half-words to tell the candidates they needed to stop talking. The other networks are using a light system with a bell - why can't CNN? It was also absurdly clear that they favored the top three, placing them side by side in the front on stage and relegating everyone else to the corner. So much for "fair and balanced". Oh, wait–

    I think Gravel and Biden won the debate. They had the most passion and honesty. Gravel really would give power back to the people; Biden is the only one who can stand up to a "tough Republican". I'm a Republican, so just a word of advice to Democrat primary voters: don't pick Hillary. If she wins, she'll be a more divisive candidate than George W. Bush or Bill Clinton ever were.

    June 4, 2007 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  11. Lee Adams, Santa Cruz, California

    Hilary Clinton won the debate!!!

    June 4, 2007 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  12. Pam, Lapel, Indiana, US

    There was no clear winner.

    Several of the candidates, notably Edwards, Obama and Biden, had very good nights. I am supporting one candidate but would be happy to have any one of six as the next POTUS.

    This is the strongest field of primary candidates for either party in at least 40 years, perhaps ever.

    June 4, 2007 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  13. Doug, Conyers Georgia

    BARACK OBAMA!!! He was decisive and demonstarted his vision agian! Tell yo' Mama its OBAMA!!!!

    June 4, 2007 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  14. A.S. Linde, Washingtin DC

    Wolf Blitzer was the loser – his search for headline making responses and McAnswers reduced riveting dialogs to bubble gum politics. The raise your hand if you 1) Bomb Iran, 2) Boycott Olympics, 3) Shoot Osama Bin Laden if you had the chance was a sophomoric reduction of complex questions to head line grabbing answers.

    I trust he will not be asked to moderate a debate of intelligent people again in the future.

    June 4, 2007 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  15. Anonymous

    obama won much better than the last debate.

    June 4, 2007 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  16. John, Park Ridge, IL

    Nobody won the debate, but the biggest losers were primary voters for listening to the garbage that Wolf Blitzer put forward, proving once again that the moniker "best political team" is as manufactured as Chris Dodd's answers. Not once were the questions insightful, and, in fact, Hillary Clinton got a great pot-shot in on Mr. Blitzer, once going so far as to verbally smack him upside the head for his constant hypothetical questioning. How disappointing, CNN, that even Fox News held a better, more professional debate than you. Do you know how that makes me, as a Democrat, feel? I'm terribly disappointed in CNN's coverage. I only hope that the Republican debate is hosted by someone with a modicum of intelligence. This was useless.

    And anyone who thinks Obama won the debate needs to listen to it sans the surrounding rhetoric from Blitzer, Cooper, and the CNN politicos. Obama had an awful debate, sparring with Mike Gravel and Dennis Kucinich on several occasions. If Obama is a front-runner, he, like Hillary, should be debating as if he's already won this thing. Edwards, meanwhile, sidestepped Obama and went straight for Hillary, instinctively showing he didn't consider Obama a threat. He, not Biden, gained the most from the debate.

    June 4, 2007 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
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    June 4, 2007 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  18. Jason, Starkville, MS

    Biden clearly won and looked most presidential. Yes, Kucinich and Gravel had good honest answers but neither presented themselves as presidential.

    Winners: Biden, Edwards, Obama, Clinton

    The next debate should only consist of the above 4. I'm all for access and a fair shake to guys like Gravel and Kucinich but it's time to narrow this thing down so some real discussions, and not one-liners, can be had.

    June 4, 2007 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  19. Lewis C. Atkins, Sydney, NSW, Australia

    Obama won even more points with me, he won hands down!

    June 4, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  20. John - Manchester NH

    First: Biden – passionate; articulate; knowledgeable.
    Second: Obama – great comeback on edwards (Iraq issue).
    Third: Dodd – Stong on the issues.
    Fourth: Richardson
    Fifth: Clinton – Iraq vote still haunts.
    Six: Kusinich
    Seventh: Edwards – His efforts to confront Clinton/Obama missed and the question on "first 100 days" he was completely caught napping ..."my brain just came on".
    Eighth – Gravel...yikes.

    June 4, 2007 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  21. Barnaba Bienkowski, Rochester NY

    Every time I hear Clinton speak I learn something new. Nobody I've ever heard can recall relevant facts with such ease.

    June 4, 2007 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  22. Harry Stoner, Peoria, IL

    Barack Obama - easily.

    June 4, 2007 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  23. Rich, New York City

    Barack Obama - hands down.

    What was with Clinton invoking her husband that many times. He is old hat - we want new hat!

    Also - what was with that fake wicked witch of the west cackle she had going on?

    June 4, 2007 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  24. Al, Ottawa, Ontario

    Hillary Clinton won the debate.

    She came into the debate as a winner and left the debate as a winner. She was "presidential" during the evening. When she questioned Wolf's questioning, all others looked at her as a bunch of school kids admiring their teacher. Edwards was a too critical of his fellow democratics and a blamer.

    Hilary has had a good leader all these months as a presidential candidates, even though she has been under a microscope for decades. The other canadidates may perish in the polls if they are under a microscope. Familarity breeds contempt and distance lends enchantment.

    Hillary rocks! Hillary, our 2008 president, yeah!

    June 4, 2007 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  25. Bebe, Los Angeles, CA

    I felt that Joe Biden came across as most knowledgeable and presidential.

    Hillary did well, but I always get the feeling that she's playing the odds rather than speaking straight.

    I really like John Edwards, and he did well during the first half; but in this situation, I think he looked uncomfortable sitting down.

    Barack Obama is interesting, but comes across to me as aloof. I'm afraid that the Republicans will eat him alive because he doesn't like to engage in debate.

    I'm glad that Dennis Kucinich was there. He brought up some good points.

    June 4, 2007 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
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