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First Direct Confrontation

With just ten minutes left in the debate, we had our first direct confrontation of the night -- between Obama and Rep. Dennis Kucinich (Ohio).

Dennis Kucinich, Joe Biden, Bill Richardson, Hillary Clinton
Rep. Dennis Kucinich, at far left, applauds with fellow candidates Biden, Richardson and Clinton. (AP)

After Obama used a question about the environment to make clear that America does have genuine enemies in the world, Kucinich jumped in. "You're setting the stage for another war," said Kucinich.

Obama, smartly, didn't let that remark go unanswered. "It would be a profound mistake for us to initiate a war with Iran," Obama retorted. "Have no doubt that Iran possessing nuclear weapons would be a profound threat to us and the region."

Kucinich sought to interrupt during that question but Obama silenced him; "Let me finish," Obama said.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 26, 2007; 8:34 PM ET
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If there was anything worth listening to, it was Hillary and Barack. The others were less important.

Posted by: Alfred Kader | April 29, 2007 11:19 PM | Report abuse

US President Tim Kalemkarian, US Senate Tim Kalemkarian, US House Tim Kalemkarian: best major candidate.

Posted by: anonymous | April 28, 2007 10:21 AM | Report abuse

I was most unimpressed by the entire debate. All of them controversial issues. IT was more like what would people like to hear than what is it that I as a candidate believes.

Sounded a lot like when you ask business consultants a question, where you get a lot of talk but no specifics.

Posted by: Vik | April 27, 2007 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Nice puff piece interviews, but like the old lady said "Where's The Meat?". What are they going to do, besides Cut and Run? They do not seem to get it, Bush can't run again and Cheney has said he doesn't want the job! I'll go for a virtual wall on the border when these people remove the concrete barriers and go virtual also in D.C.!

Posted by: h1m912009 | April 27, 2007 3:19 PM | Report abuse

The format was typical showboat. No time for reasonable responses. Inclusion of Gravel & Kucinich simply muddied the waters more. What was notable was with the exception of the former, the entire panel concentrated on dealing with both Bush and the administration. That was the only positive result of this so called "debate'

Posted by: Bob Feher - AZ | April 27, 2007 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I think Kucinich saw his last chance to outshine the self-described ''potted plant,'' (Gravel) when he took on Obama. Gravel and Kucinich's roles are to keep the rest of them alert, I guess. Because neither one is going to get anyplace.

Posted by: Patricia Barry | April 26, 2007 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Regarding Jared's comment at the head of reponses.... I think he was talking about Richardson and his response to a racist comment he had made regarding Gonzales.

Posted by: Babette San Francisco | April 26, 2007 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Jared, who or what are you talking about?

Posted by: Nissl | April 26, 2007 10:24 PM | Report abuse

A poor excuse for a debate gets you a poor excuse for a confrontation. It was good to see Kucinich go after somebody, and Obama to be something other than all smiles for a change

Posted by: Simon | April 26, 2007 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I remember the first confrontation of the first presidential democratic debate last go round was between Dean and Kerry; I think it was about Kerry feeling insulted by something Dean had said, as I recall, but I don't remember what the supposed insult was. Anyone?

Posted by: JGG | April 26, 2007 10:08 PM | Report abuse

To Heterodoxy,
Reminds of the Geico commerical, when the caveman says, "What?"

Posted by: Greg | April 26, 2007 9:53 PM | Report abuse

If that exchange is your idea of a 'confrontation' you don't get out much.

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | April 26, 2007 8:57 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Heterodoxy | April 26, 2007 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chris, the point of a debate is to hear different points of view. YOu totally ignored half the candidates in your coverage, and Richardson only got a tiny bit. Next time try representing what everyone says.

Posted by: freeDom | April 26, 2007 8:54 PM | Report abuse

I havent seen an implosion like that since the Hindenburg...a campaign hasnt ended that quickly since The Scream hit Iowa.

Posted by: Jared Hautamaki | April 26, 2007 8:40 PM | Report abuse

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