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A quick handicapping:

Edwards, Clinton and Obama have all started off well. Obama has been the fulcrum so far and his campaign must be happy. Edwards' aggressive tactics and frank talk have helped him stand out although the focus on his opposition to gay marriage won't likely help him in the long run with primary voters. Clinton is, well, Clinton. Strong and steady.

As for the others, Dennis Kucinich has made the strongest impression. Bill Richardson was hoping for a strong debate performance. He hasn't gotten it -- yet. And after all his complaining about being ignored in prior debates, Sen. Christopher Dodd is getting a fair amount of face time.

-- Chris Cillizza

By Eric Pianin  |  July 23, 2007; 7:42 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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I like Bill Richardson i would only hope that the media would ask him more questions in the debate it looks like they know how good he is so maybe they are scared he could be the next president of the USA.

Posted by: Rick | August 13, 2007 1:19 AM | Report abuse

BILL RICHARDSON HAS THE ONLY QUALIFICATIONS TO HANDLE THE JOB. HE HAS PREFORMED IN EVERY JOB HE HAS HELD WHICH IS MORE THAN THE OTHER CANDIDATES CAN SAY.
LOOKS LIKE A GOOD MAN - MAYBE OUR FIRST STATESMAN RATHER THAN OUR NEXT POLITICIAN.
IT WOULD BE A FIRST IN MANY, MANY YEARS.

Posted by: mary from midwest | July 27, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Clinton is humorous and intelligent! Gotta love her!

Posted by: Ryan | July 25, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I support Senator John Edwards. He will restore honor and integrity to the office of the Presidency.

The Honorable Eddie Rose
Former Laguna Niguel (CA) City Councilman
eddieroseforocsupervisor@yahoo.com

Posted by: Eddie Rose | July 24, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

It is time to shed the supporting cast and have a meaningful debate between the frontrunners, Clinton, Obama, Edwards and Richardson. I have a great deal of respect for Joe Biden and Chris Dodd, but they are very unlikely to take the brass ring. Dennis Kucsinich (forgive the spelling) and Mike Gravel were valuable for providing radical points of view that could be chewed on by the leading candidates. But the field has a natural division now. The important primaries take place in January and February, and though that is more than five months away, it is time we begin to evaluate both Democratic and Republican candidates whohave a legitimate chance to win their party's nomination.

Posted by: Big Dave | July 24, 2007 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Hillary wins again - she was great.

Posted by: csh | July 24, 2007 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Immigration? Immigration? Hello? Anybody? 20 million illegals and counting; nobody's doing jack.

Posted by: Extraordinary Rendition | July 24, 2007 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Immigration? Immigration? Hello? Anyone? 20 million illegals and counting; nobody's doing jack.

Posted by: Extraordinary Rendition | July 24, 2007 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Kucinich and Richardson are the only two candidates that have indicated, as did the American people in the November elections, that they want to withdraw ALL troops from Iraq ASAP and therefore should be the two frontrunners. These two are attempting to adhere to the expressed wishes of the American voters!

Posted by: Gary Butler | July 24, 2007 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Any one of them i think would do a good job as president much better than any of the republicans in the race.

Posted by: sharon | July 23, 2007 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Hiya! Let's see, we have Billary bragging about how she has already been in the White House for 8 Years and that is her stregnth!-Of course, I could have sworn we have a Statutes thingy preventing something like her ever getting to set up some sort of Monopoly on the Position!
Yep, Pro Politicians belong in the Congress don't they!
Must be some lost cases of her Brothers that need Pardoning again!

Then, we have Obasama displaying his fairly level head, but without experience and a track record to examine for any weaknesses! Seems to me he should use his Constitutional Law Background where issues of Constitutionality should be dealt with!
Last time I checked, that had nothing whatsoever to do with Business, Military or Foriegn Policy!-Yep-great Senator and potential Supreme Court Justice-NOT PRESIDENT!

Then there's Pretty Boy who got wealthy destroying Obstetricians, talking about his expertise in where he raped and pillaged!
Why couldn't he have gotten sick instead of his poor wife?!

Richardson? Good man. Right Qualities. But like McClown, blew it with his "Come on in" attitude about "His" people's invasion of ours!-Why is he allowed to run, with his obvious ties to Mexico, and Ahnold Can't?

Kucinich-Snicker! Right!
LOL!

The only hope these collective clowns have is the idiocy contest the GOP is using to pick it's candidate!

Colin Powell, I know you were scared to enter for reasons of safety, BUT, did it ever occurr to you we might all get madder at you for not running? Save us!

Right now, Ron Paul BY DEFAULT!

Posted by: RAT-The | July 23, 2007 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Clinton appears way too scripted.

Posted by: Clinton is a Republican Dream | July 23, 2007 8:34 PM | Report abuse

I actually wondered whether or not Richardson was even at the debate, since he did not get a question until twenty minutes into the debate and Clinton and Obama got three

Posted by: Simon | July 23, 2007 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Biden clears the table on Iraq.

Posted by: Mark in Austin | July 23, 2007 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Biden has done well with each question - better than anyone on Darfur, by a lot.

Posted by: Mark in Austin | July 23, 2007 7:46 PM | Report abuse

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