(CNN) - Bill Richardson has made his extensive diplomacy experience a central theme of his campaign – but at Saturday night’s Democratic debate in New Hampshire, the former U.N. ambassador seemed to have a foreign policy flashback, promising to make “negotiations with the Soviet Union” one of his first priorities as president.
Moderator Charles Gibson had asked the candidates what they would do on the day after a nuclear weapon went off over an American city, and what they would have done to prevent it.
The Soviet Union ceased to exist in 1991.
“It was a minor slip. He clearly meant Russia,” said Richardson spokesman Tom Reynolds.
–CNN's Shirley Zilberstein
All the presidential candidates shared one stage, briefly, Saturday night. (Photo Credit: AP)
(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."
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republicans John McCain and Mike Huckabee seemed to be working off the same playbook at Saturday's presidential debate, each hitting rival Mitt Romney for changing his position on key issues.
"Which one?" Huckabee interjected when Romney asked that he not try to characterize his position on the Iraq war.
"We disagree on a lot of issues, but I agree you are the candidate of change," McCain told Romney later in the debate, after the former Massachusetts governor said he was best able to change Washington.
Meanwhile, Romney's presidential campaign sent out press releases shortly after the comments attempting to show that Huckabee has changed his position on the troop surge in Iraq, and McCain has changed his stance on an amnesty policy.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - With three days to go until the New Hampshire primary, it’s dead even in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
A new CNN/WMUR New Hampshire presidential primary poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire has Senators Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois all tied up, with each grabbing the support of 33 percent of likely Democratic primary voters in the Granite State.
Former Senator John Edwards of North Carolina is in third place with 20 percent. (Full poll results [PDF])
“Both Obama and Edwards appear to have benefited form the Iowa caucuses. Each picked up 3 points in New Hampshire. Clinton lost one point, since our last poll taken before the caucuses,” says CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider.
The new CNN/WMUR survey was conducted Friday and Saturday, after the Iowa caucuses.
Related video: N.H. Poll: Clinton, Obama tied
- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton spent the Saturday before Tuesday's New Hampshire primary talking…and talking…and talking.
"What I want to do today is ask you for questions about anything you need to know or any issue you want to discuss that will help you make up your minds," she told an audience in Penacook, just outside of Concord. "I love New Hampshire, I love coming to New Hampshire. I love the seriousness with which people of New Hampshire take this election."
Clinton was so concerned with making sure everyone in Penacook had a chance to ask and listen that she implored the fire marshal to let the hundreds of people gathered in the halls and outside of Merrimack Valley High School into the gym. At one point Clinton personally escorted a mother and her baby to a seat on the riser behind her and she politely ordered her daughter Chelsea to move some barriers and make room for the influx.
"See, I am a problem solver, I've been telling you that throughout this whole campaign," she said as she surveyed her handiwork and watched more potential voters file in. "I'm filling - I don't have a lot of good material but I can fill for a few minutes," she said with a chuckle as people found space.
With everyone seated, Clinton essentially chucked her stump speech and dove into a lengthy question and answer session that lasted almost two hours. Over twenty questions later (without an audience microphone) a majority of attendees were still there. After Penacook, she boarded her campaign bus with four undecided voters for an hour-long ride to Durham and then spent almost another hour talking with young undecideds (and some parents) at the Bagelry, a local eatery.
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) – Making a grand entrance on a Segway Saturday morning, Rudy Giuliani recognized a group of competing young robot enthusiasts and said the nation should invest more in science and engineering.
"This is like an athletic event. This is a real hard-nosed competition about science and robotics. You're the best," the former New York Mayor told the group competing in a robotics tournament. "This is exactly what this country needs. This country needs competition it needs a lot more emphasis on science, a lot more emphasis on engineering."
Giuliani later discussed the larger role of science and technology in the global economy. He expressed concern over the decreasing number of American engineers compared to India and China.
"We're going to find ourselves at a global disadvantage - it would be a shame for America to lose its edge here."
He noted that a commitment to science would serve a dual purpose, first "an answer to the balance of payments in international trade," and second would help the developing world bring itself out of poverty.
- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Since Mike Huckabee landed in New Hampshire before dawn on Friday, the winner of the Iowa Republican caucuses has rarely been seen without actor Chuck Norris at his side.
At Huckabee's only two events since arriving in the Granite State, chants of "Chuck! Chuck! Chuck!" have broken out. Some in the audience have even admitted to showing up just to see the martial arts star.
But New Hampshire voters clearly want to size up the former Arkansas governor and onetime Baptist minister who won in Iowa largely thanks to a substantial evangelical voting bloc - something New Hampshire doesn’t have.
So in a state whose motto is "Live Free or Die," Huckabee has stuck to issues important to local Republicans - like taxes and small government - and has avoided the more socially conservative topics of abortion, gay marriage and faith that were central to his Iowa stump speech.
Huckabee doesn't expect to win in New Hampshire. A survey taken before the Iowa caucus put him in fourth place, and even though he may see a bounce in the polls thanks to the Iowa victory, Huckabee told reporters on the flight from Iowa that he thinks friend and rival John McCain will win the January 8 primary.
- CNN Political Producer Alexander Marquardt
Mitt Romney stops to playfully throw a snow ball at neighborhood kids while walking into a house party in Bedford, New Hampshire Saturday. (Photo Credit: AP)
(CNN) - CNN projects that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will win the Wyoming Republican Caucuses.
Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson and California Rep. Duncan Hunter have each won one delegate.
Wyoming's Republican contest comes two days after the Iowa caucuses and three days before the New Hampshire primary.
The early date of the Wyoming GOP county conventions was intended to draw candidates' attention to the state, but has had only modest results.
Republican hopefuls Romney, Hunter, Fred Thompson and Ron Paul all stopped by the state - visits they probably wouldn't have made except for this year's early conventions - and candidates have sent Wyoming's GOP voters a flood of campaign mail.
The traditional leadoff nomination contests in Iowa and New Hampshire have dominated the attention of both candidates and the national media in recent months, and no candidates visited Wyoming in the four weeks leading up to the caucuses.
Hunter was the last to visit the state on December 4.
NEW YORK - Let’s be frank: There are more than a few levels on which what has happened in Iowa - and its carryover - is the Clintons’ worst nightmare. The shining aspect of the Clintons’ politics has always been their understanding of the tragedy of race in America. Each has spoken eloquently - publicly and privately - of the day when a black candidate for president would capture the imagination of the country, and be elected.
But never did the Clintons anticipate that it might occur on Hillary’s watch as a candidate for president herself, in opposition to them.
Twice, as a teenager, she went to hear Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preach, and his effect on her was profound. When he was killed, Hillary was a student at Wellesley College. Her reaction on hearing of his death was almost a breakdown.
“I can't stand it any more! I can’t take it,” she screamed, and threw her bookbag against the wall. She was shaking and shouting. (She subsequently led student protests at Wellesley demanding increased black admissions, and other compensatory responses.)
Years later, when she moved into the White House, her chief of staff was Maggie Williams, a black woman. Her mentor, as a lawyer and children’s advocate, was Marion Wright Edelman, a black woman. Bill Clinton has often identified his three heroes as Thomas Jefferson, John F. Kennedy, and Dr. King.