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Live Impressions, Continued

Jeff Jarvis

Now a question from a serviceman serving "overseas" who asks Clinton why Clinton thinks she'd be taken seriously by Muslim nations that do not respect women. After the obligatory thank-you-for-your-service, Clinton recounts how she has met with leaders in many nations and she is taken seriously and many nations have women presidents. The nonissue of nonissues. Clinton says it would be most appropriate to have a woman president deal with Muslim nations.

Another question asking whether these candidates would be willing to meet with the leaders of Iran, Syria, North Korea, and Venezuela. Obama says sure. He says we have an "obligation" to find ways to "move forward." Hmmm. Who would you not meet with? That's the question I would ask. Clinton says she will not promise to meet with these leaders in the first year. She says she would not be used for propaganda purposes and would meet with people based on the goals. Good answer.

Edwards has it both ways: He'd meet but agrees with Clinton that diplomacy is needed first.

8:05: A questioner asks for the date we'd be out of Iraq and asks who has relatives in Iraq.

By Ed O'Keefe |  July 23, 2007; 8:12 PM ET Debates
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