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Democratic Debate Highlights

Peter Hauck

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton mixed it up a bit at last night's Democratic debate in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Here Obama says that Hillary and Bill Clinton make statements about him that aren't true. Check out the reaction shots of Hillary.

Longer version here.

A fired-up Hillary Clinton says universal healthcare is a "core Democratic principle" and she will "go to the mat for it."

John Edwards says the American people don't care about Obama and Clinton's "squabbling." He talks about his healthcare and anti-poverty plans.

Obama and Clinton mix it up over his remarks about Ronald Reagan and "Republican ideas." More great Hillary reaction shots.

Sound Bite: "While I was working on those streets, watching those folks see their jobs shift overseas, you were a corporate lawyer sitting on the board of Wal-Mart."


By Ed O'Keefe |  January 22, 2008; 10:21 AM ET Debates
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Obama is saying all the right things and making all the right moves in countering the Clintons' sleaze attacks ... but he is killing himself with this tone of bitterness.

Never let them see you sweat, Obama. They are trying to paint you as the "angry black man", don't walk into the trap.

Strike a tone of bemused disgust over what the Clinton's are doing, then pivot to your trademark loftiness.

Posted by: Folk_Astronomy | January 22, 2008 11:19 AM

I'm glad to see Obama stand up to her, she seems like a vindictive person who thinks she's intitled to the presadency. And will do and say anything to get it.

Posted by: Ragnvald | January 22, 2008 11:28 AM

I just wish Obama would do a better job of pointing out to Democrats that Hillary is a divisive candidate who constantly talks about Republicans as enemies and not potential partners. She will continue this terrible trend of divisive politics in this country, continue fighting old battles, and continue rusting the political machine of Washington until nothing can get done without nasty political infighting.

We need someone, frankly anyone, who can reach across the aisle and that someone is Obama. His record is not perfect--no one's is-- but he has acted time and again in a way that shows he is willing to work with everyone--even people he disagrees with. Nothing matters more in this race. Hillary Clinton is clearly angry and vindictive. We don't need that right now.

Posted by: Russell | January 22, 2008 12:28 PM

ragnvald before you say anything about Hillary, watch out your spelling, can't even spell. Hillary will be the next president. Her opponents are just wasting time.

Posted by: Enny | January 22, 2008 1:04 PM


According to CNN Election Center 2008, 2,025 delegates will be needed to win the Democratic nomination for president at the Democratic National Convention to be held in Denver August 25-28. Current pledged delegate totals before the South Carolina Democratic primary election Saturday January 26 are: Obama 38, Clinton 36, and Edwards 18.
Florida will be meaningless to Democrats because like Michigan all Democratic delegates have been declared illegal by the national committee because of the state party's non compliance in setting their primary date no sooner than Super Tuesday February 5.

Should Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton Become the Democratic Party's Nominee for President in 2008?

Which candidate is best able to inspire Americans with a new vision of a better America both domestically and in foreign affairs that will attract sufficient independent voters and disenchanted Republicans so that Democrats can win the general election in November?
Which candidate is least likely to cause a worsening division and polarization of voters and elected officials that maintains the partisan politics that currently paralyzes Washington?
Which candidate refuses campaign contributions from lobbyists and political action committees as a first step in seeking to change the money dominated special interest politics that currently rules Washington?
Which candidate has had the personal background and life experiences and possesses the vision and ability necessary to bring together Americans of all ethnic backgrounds be they white, Latino, Asian, African American, or native American in a sense of common purpose?
Which candidate do Americans most respect and admire given the facts of his or her personal family background, marriage relationship, intelligence and academic achievement, and the particular path by which he or she has become a candidate for president of the United States?
Which candidate does not have a spouse whose past political experience and personal behavior could prove to be a serious distraction that might needlessly complicate the office and duties of the President and potentially interfere with the normal functioning of cabinet officers?
Which candidate will the American people be able to trust when times are tough because he or she consistently values telling the truth, rather than choosing his or her words primarily with regard to the politics of the moment?
The inescapable answer is Barack Obama.

Posted by: Robert | January 22, 2008 3:23 PM

I am at a struggle between Obama and Hillary!!! Edwards is ok, but I feel that he is gaining support only because of the ongoing commotions between Obama and Hillary!!! Looking into Hillary's eyes, I see a woman who really wants to be president and make history in any way she see fit. Attacking Obama will not get you there sweety. Obama is right to defend himself, he's not playing the black card, but the time spent on attacking him, should be spent on attacking Edwards. I see her as a true redneck, after her own and not caring about those really in need. I am now decided Obama is the one who can bring peace, freedom from bondage and present a publicly professional presidency. Maybe next time Hillary, after seeing the recaps of last night, I am not on your side and I can frankly care less who get offended.

Posted by: Angela | January 22, 2008 9:29 PM

None of the candidates cares about the real issues,but so far there is one who does,is Hillary,about health care,the domestic economy,and people who are loosing
their homes.
Obama talks about change,but which change?
there is no need to go after Bill Clinton
for a nonsens,just tell us how Obama will bring the change to satisfy the American people who want the issues be ellaborated.
So put an end of the fight among you Democrats.

Posted by: Acho Atsin | January 22, 2008 10:17 PM

I have been reading and watching the news broadcasts pertaining to the election coverage of Obama and Hillary. I hear people say you cannot count the 8 years of experience of a spouse of a high powered man in the white house, or her experience as a Senator from New York. I am just an average hard working husband who raised six children and presently have 13 grandchildren. I can tell you with a true heart, I could not have done this without my spouse, in fact I can honestly say I would most likely have failed. A spouse is very important and knows how to plan events, set priorities and smooth out troubled situations, not only amount her family, but to those who are outside the family that may try to unbalance certain situations. Can you use this experience in a work force. Most definitely. Do I think all of the canidates deserve respect. You bet they do, but in my heart, I feel the Hillary would do the best job of all the democratic nominees. There is no racial reason, just my opinion of a average working individual. In your honest opinion, tell me what Obama has promised to change, besides change itself. Before you answer that, think hard on it, because it will affect your life in some important ways.

Posted by: rgd | January 23, 2008 8:23 AM

I am surprised that so many people are persuaded by the Clinton campaign's "experience" argument. Hilary has only a few years more experience in the Senate than Obama. Her primary "experience"? Watching her husband do the job. Obama is a long-time community organizer, who worked his way up in the Illinois state legislature and has gone on to join the US Senate as Hilary did just a few years earlier. He is also a constitutional law scholar and top graduate in his class at Harvard. As he demonstrated in this debate, he has the brain power, the vision and the principles to succeed where the Clintons failed time and again - in building coalitions to bring about legislation that makes a material difference in matters of healthcare, tax reform, and international relations. I urge all of you who are yet undecided to visit an excellent source of detailed information about Obama: http://origin.barackobama.com/factcheck/

Posted by: McCabe | January 23, 2008 6:52 PM

Democrats kick off final showdown before South Carolina

Who Won the CNN Democratic Debate in South Carolina?

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=1603


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Posted by: Paul | January 23, 2008 8:29 PM

I think that Obama did a great job standing up to Hilary in the debate and also Edwards he pointed out good points on whats more important then Obama and Hilary squalkin. He also pointed out facts that are accurate and needs to be fixed.

Posted by: starr83 | January 29, 2008 6:37 PM

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