Questions the Candidates Don't Want to Hear
After dispensing with the Iraq question (at least for the moment), NBC's Brian Williams started in on the "elephant in the room" as he called it -- the one subject that each of the candidates didn't want to talk about.
Here's a sampling of questions and responses:
To Sen. Joe Biden: Can he be trusted to lead American on the world stage given his regular verbal gaffes?
To Clinton: Why are Republicans looking forward to running against you?
"I have stood up for what I believed in. I take it as a perverse form of flattery. If they weren't worried they would not be so vitriolic in their criticism of me."
To Obama: How does he explain his ties to Tony Rezko given his pledge to run a different sort of campaign?
"We have thousands of donors. I have a track record of bringing people together around this new kind of politics."
To Edwards: Can a man who gets a $400 haircut be a champion for the poor?
"That was a mistake. If the question is whether I live a privileged and unique lifestyle now, the answer is yes. Many of us do. But that's not where I come from."
To Richardson: Did he mean it when he said that he was reluctant to call for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales's resignation because Gonzales was Hispanic?
"The American people want candor. They don't want blow-dried candidates."
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