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Duel Debates, Redux

By Jose Antonio Vargas
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- CNN, in a first for the cable news channel, will be replaying Saturday's ABC-WMUR-TV-Facebook Republican and Democratic debates tonight, starting at 7 p.m. EST.

Sam Feist, CNN's political director, told The Trail: "With two days to go until the New Hampshire Primary, the ABC debates were two of the most important debates of this campaign. CNN is thrilled to give our viewers another opportunity to see these newsworthy events."

There were loads of fireworks during the debates -- between Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton, who are locked in a tight race, and among Sen. John McCain, Mitt Romney, Rudy Giulini, Mike Huckabee, and the rest of the GOP field.

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I think this was the first debate where all of the candidates had a good performance. I think Democrats could make a case for each of the candidates winning. The real question is who do independents think won? From what I have seen, independents usually dislike fighting and heated words more than partisans. If that is the case in NH, Richardson and Obama probably won last night. Clinton and Edwards were the two candidates who were raising the temperature. Obama and Richardson came off as calm. And since all candidates showed their knowledge of the issues, that effect probably tips a scale one way or the other.

Posted by: mcmahon10 | January 6, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Best debate so far. Excellent, thoughtful questions related to important issues. Time for participants to respond. Clinton was crisp, clear, specific, relaxed. Edwards is passionate, but makes the same points over and over again. Richardson has great experience but doesn't know when to stop talking. Obama held his own, but I'm still unclear on what he has accomplished or how he will bring about the change he promises. Hillary has my vote.

Posted by: katinsac | January 6, 2008 2:33 AM | Report abuse

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