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Priorities in the First 100 Days

Wrapping up the debate, the candidates were asked what their top priority would be on getting elected to the White House.


The eight Democratic candidates take the stage Sunday night in New Hampshire. (AP Photo)

Here's a quick summary of some of the responses:

Edwards: "I would reestablish America as a moral authority in the world."

Clinton used her standard line that she would end the war in Iraq if President Bush had not.

Obama agreed on the war and added health care to the mix.

Richardson mentioned education.

VIDEO | (Courtesy CNN)

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 3, 2007; 9:04 PM ET
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From the git go Edwards would squnder millions of our tax dollars in his first 100 days in office travelling the world. This is a sign of a poor leader - one who cannot properly prioritize what is important. He needs to spend his first 100 days in America working with Congress on getting substantive and meaningful legislation passed for the American people, and getting us out of Iraq.

Edwards has shown that he is neither Presidential or Vice Presidential material.

Posted by: andrea | June 5, 2007 12:33 PM | Report abuse

After watching last nights debate I think that the best slate for the Democrats and the nation would be a Edwards/Obama ticket to victory

Posted by: Martin | June 4, 2007 4:40 PM | Report abuse

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

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Posted by: 9910945 | June 4, 2007 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Priorities for the first 100 days:

1. Repeal everything passed by Bush, retroactively if possible.
2. Pass a constitutional amendment forbidding a neoconservative from ever darkening the door of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. again.

Posted by: Jesus H. Christ | June 4, 2007 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Edwards' answer that he would trot the globe to restore America's moral authority in the world was truly pathetic. Is he really that arrogant that he believes if he gets on a plane and tours the world, suddenly other countries' respect for us as a country will go up? I don't care how much he spends on a haircut, it's going to take more than that! And is that really the most important thing he would accomplish in his first 100 days? Unbelievable.
Obama was right on: first, get out of Iraq. Second, deal with health care. Even though his answer was short, you could really tell he had given it some thought before tonight.

Posted by: Laurie | June 3, 2007 10:30 PM | Report abuse

I have never been comfortable with the usage "approved of", but I have no rational explanation for that. I do not claim to be a grammarian.

Frankly, I think Biden really does show more foreign policy thoughtfulness than any other candidate in either party.

Posted by: Mark in Austin | June 3, 2007 10:17 PM | Report abuse

My money is on the 'H' person that posted is Hilary in the ladies room up in New Hampshire on her laptop.

Edwards showed the focus and true commitment that is need for President.

Posted by: ooeat0meoo | June 3, 2007 10:09 PM | Report abuse

My money is on the 'H' person that post is Hilary in the ladies room up in New Hampshire on her laptop.

Edwards showed the focus and true commitment that is need for President.

Posted by: ooeat0meoo | June 3, 2007 10:08 PM | Report abuse

"end the war in Iraq if President Bush had not."

I think all candidates - R or D - have this to "look forward" to. The current R strategy that redefines Iraq as another Korea - i.e., another 50 year war - is imbecilic at best and totally dishonest at worst.

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | June 3, 2007 10:00 PM | Report abuse

"I thought Sen. Biden's response on Darfur was clear and defining and I approved it."

Mark, are you running Biden's campaign? We are honored. Or did you mean to say "I approved of it?"

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | June 3, 2007 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Senator Dodd is the only candidate who would restore the Constitution as a top priority in the first 100 days. That gets my vote.

Edwards said all else was a subservient issue to restoring moral authority. Obama coat-tailed on Clinton's promise to bring troops home 'if things don't change'. Biden focuses on defusing Iran and North Korea situations. Kucinich and Gravel reminded Congress they can end the war now. Kucinich presented full agenda for first 100 days.

Posted by: teopomme | June 3, 2007 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I thought Sen. Biden's response on Darfur was clear and defining and I approved it.

Posted by: Mark in Austin | June 3, 2007 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Richardson would make a very strong candidate with his extensive and diverse experience in so many important fields.
Senator Edwards and some other 'lesser lights' ( Rev. Sharpton, Sen. Gravel, and General Clark ) should do us all a favor and withdraw from this race for President ASAP. Let us focus on those that could be successful in my opinion. H.

Posted by: H | June 3, 2007 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Hilary's claim on 'what she would do in her first 100 days' is too vague and not believable. Focusing on bringing the troops home is sure to be on the top of all the canidate's list.

John Edwards, once again, hit it home with his sharp focus on what's most important. The United States of America's standing in the world stage is dreadful. Doing a tour to signal to the world's leaders that we are now willing to sit with them and work on the things that the Bush Admin have either damaged or ignored, is critical.

Obama would be perfect as Edwards' VP, they both seem to be eye to eye on most issues. And they both portray the honesty needed to win the next presidential election. Hilary doesn't have anything substantial to contribute nor does she transmit the honesty. (How about how she was slouching as Edwards was speaking? Someone needs to work with her on her body language.)

Posted by: ooeat0meoo | June 3, 2007 9:25 PM | Report abuse

After watching all the candidates, I've decided that I'm voting for Bill Richardson as Governor of New Mexico.

What? Presidential candidate you say? Are you sure? He seemed pretty sure that he was running for re-election as Governor...

Posted by: THB | June 3, 2007 9:14 PM | Report abuse

In fact, if there's anyone who's running for the VP spot (or Sec. of State), it's Bill Richardson. He couldn't stop telling us how great a diplomat he is, not realizing that diplomacy isn't all it takes to be an effective President.

Posted by: JamesCH | June 3, 2007 9:11 PM | Report abuse

No, I'm afraid that John Edwards still thinks that he can win the nomination

Posted by: JamesCH | June 3, 2007 9:08 PM | Report abuse

So, was Edwards running to be Obama's VP?

Posted by: DTM | June 3, 2007 9:06 PM | Report abuse

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