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Anderson Cooper 'Irritating'

Jeff Jarvis

It's one matter for Cooper to keep things going, another for him to keep interrupting the answers. I find him irritating.

7:52: A questioner from West Virginia tells Gravel he's offended by him saying that the dead in Vietnam died in vain. "It's a set-up question," Gravel says, "Our soldiers in Vietnam died in vain." He says you can go there and get a Baskin-Robbins ice cream cone. How that makes the deaths in vain, I'm not so sure.

There are too many voices on this debate: too many candidates. A moment like that is the demonstration of it.

Now Obama finds his excuse to attack Clinton for her Iraq vote. Anderson doesn't give Clinton the opportunity to respond. Cooper keeps asking them whether our troops died in vain in Iraq. As if anyone would say they did.

7:56: Should women register for Selective Service? Dodd uses this as an excuse to push his national service notion. Cooper keeps repeating the question to many of the candidates. I'm not sure why this is one of the few questions that goes to so many.

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By Ed O'Keefe |  July 23, 2007; 8:03 PM ET Debates
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