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Richardson and Clinton on Darfur

Richardson must have been reading The Fix at the break.

The first question after the commercials was on Darfur and went to Richardson. "I have been to that refugee camp," said Richardson, a nice way to show viewers how engaged he is with the issue -- one of his focuses on the campaign trail. "It's about diplomacy," said Richardson.

And, apparently Richardson's latest television ad ran in Iowa during the last commercial break. Thanks to the ever-watchful Carrie Giddins -- communications director of the Iowa Democratic Party -- for that one.

Also, Clinton had a rare unsteady moment on Darfur but pulled out the answer by insisting America needs to focus on the situation in Iraq and defeating al Qaeda in Afghanistan. It was the first serious mention of the war in the debate's first 45 minutes.

-- Chris Cillizza

By Editors  |  July 23, 2007; 7:46 PM ET
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Posted by: fgpgtlpwvj | August 12, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Not only has Bill Richardson visited the camps in Darfur, he met with the government leaders in Somalia this past spring in order to broker a peaceful solution and stop the carnage in Darfur through a sease-fire. He also brokered the deal that got North Korea to shut down plutonium production for their nuclear program, in exchange for trade agreements, that came to fruition last week. Although it was the lead story on the news that day, there was no mention that Richardson was the guy who pulled it off. Wouldn't it be great to have a real diplomat with real experience as a peacemaker, say someone who's been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 4 times like Richardson has, for President? Wouldn't it be nice to regain the respect of the World again, instead of being led by hacks and bullies?

Posted by: Georgia Santa Maria | July 26, 2007 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Chris, you, like the Democratic machine, seem determined to deliver the nomination to Hillary. Boo for your biases. Most of don't think Hillary came out on top at all and presenting that she did as fact is simply wishful thinking on her supporters' parts.

Posted by: shp | July 24, 2007 3:38 PM | Report abuse

It is becoming obvious to me that the only candidate that actually tries to answer the questions asked without going into talking point answers is Richardson. I just wonder if anyone is listening to the only candidate that won't be galvanizing the Republicans as I find that Obama, Clinton and Edwards are pretty un-electable

Posted by: Danny | July 24, 2007 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Never again - how many times have we heard that when it comes to genocide?

Every one of them except Biden should be ashamed for playing politics with those people's lives.

At least Richardson didn't start talking about the distance Olympics as a stick - what a joke to such a serious issue.

Posted by: Clawrence | July 24, 2007 2:12 AM | Report abuse

Chris, I DO wish you would give us more of the candidates' statements and less of yours. Most of us reading this on the Internet have IQ's over 90, and we like to make our decisions for ourselves.

Posted by: NMAIF | July 23, 2007 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Hillary's answer to the Darfur question, like many of her others, are fluffy talking point answers with seemingly no passion or feeling that she is actually listening to the question. Maybe that is why she is seen by many as Presidential. Many others tonight are making strong points and showing passion but Hillary and Edwards (smiling like he is a lawyer talking ot a jury) seem to simply be reading from a campaign talking point memo.

Posted by: Zonker | July 23, 2007 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Again, only Biden gave an answer on Darfur that directly dealt with the lives hanging in the balance. Chris, you are not watching the same forum I am.

Posted by: Mark in Austin | July 23, 2007 7:51 PM | Report abuse

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