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Obama a Big Target in the GOP Debate

If there was any doubt that Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is a major force in American politics, this debate should dispel it.

The Republican candidates continue to debate Obama's speech earlier this week in which he left open the possibility of an attack on Pakistan if it was necessary in the war on terror.

Giuliani essentially agreed on that subject although he said Obama could have expressed the sentiment better. "I said I wouldn't take that option off the table," Giuliani said.

Romney disagreed. "Barack Obama is confused about who are our friends and who are our enemies," said Romney -- his second shot at Obama in the debate's first 45 minutes.

Make no mistake. The more Obama is attacked by Republicans, the better it is for his chances in the Democratic primary.

-- Chris Cillizza

By Eric Pianin  |  August 5, 2007; 11:17 AM ET
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I was a big fan of Hillary till the YouTube debates. A candidate cannot say they are going to change the current scene when they refuse to do the most basic of things. When Obama agreed to talk to those whom we might not necessarily be enamored with it struck a chord with me. Of course, I was waiting for Hillary to second that notion, her refusal and cock-eyed explanation for why she wouldn't has convinced me that she is not the agent of change that we need. Here's to Obama

Posted by: David Weissman | August 6, 2007 7:04 PM | Report abuse

It is Obama time. His ideas resonate with everyday Americans. He is plain spoken, honest and promises accountable leadership. No wonder the corrupt crowd is ganging at him, defending HRC--who is part of the same decadent Washington class. Go Obama. No one can stop an idea whose time has come.

Posted by: Peter M | August 6, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama is always the winner!
What has Romney said, just nothing! He said something to please his audience. He said Obama wanted to attack our the US ally Pakistan , which is totally wrong! Obama said
he as President would not rule out attack against terrorists in Pakistan, in case Pakistan isn't willing to do so!
The bottom line, the terrorists that killed 3000 American have found safety heaven in Pakistan Boarder. And it seems as if the republican candidate and Romney in general are happy with that!

GO OBAMA , After Attack on You , You always come out as the clear winner!

Posted by: Ericwillyb | August 6, 2007 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Obama only has a 72% approval rating among Republicans in Illinois as a US Senator. Be careful what you wish for Mitt and Rudy.

Posted by: RiverRed | August 6, 2007 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Obama had prety naff idea,than those that depicted him naive;some of the republicans are neophyters in political fields,those thier stances in American politics,because of nepotism patial system Americans had introduced since Bush took power;some ambivalent guys hiden under Bush administration have now guts to challenge thier mentors.Democrats high wisdom that voted for WAR in Iraq,where was then your experience?may be some object embedded in your heart then.i wish Americans through president like the truth is speeking to them in their country now.

Posted by: manuel.from Germany | August 6, 2007 7:35 AM | Report abuse

you media people why dont you send hillary and ather the copys of obama speechs because i dont get what they are toking about expecialy hillary because when i look at them i dont see anything those fool toke about

Posted by: angry man | August 6, 2007 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Go Ahead Folks, "Hit 'em with your best shot" ----- Obama will still come out the winner !!!!!

Posted by: Carol-STL-MO | August 5, 2007 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Mountain man, beware! I thought it was fun the first time I rode on the roof of Mitt's car, too. Just wait until you need to get down, and see how you like it then. I mean, until you REALLY REALLY need to get down off the car, because you can tell you're about to be a BAD DOG.... owooooo!

Posted by: Seamus Romney | August 5, 2007 10:51 PM | Report abuse

mountain man, how does it feel up there, tied to the roof of Mitt's car?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 5, 2007 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Mitt is a smart guy and he knows that attacking Obama will only cause the libs to rally around him. Mitt wouldn't be doing this unless he knew that Obama is the easiest to beat in the general election.

Posted by: mountain man | August 5, 2007 9:56 PM | Report abuse

"Ok, democrats going to withdraw troops from Iraq. Obama going to attack the terrorist in Pakistan. Terrorist feels safe hiding in Iraq since US troops has gone. Is Obama going to send US troops back into Iraq?"

Read Obama's platform carefully -- it's quite likely that he or any other Democratic candidate will maintain some cantonments (and predators) in Iraq.

That is assuming the place doesn't become way too hot to handle, e.g. Turkish invasion of Kurdistan, etc.

Posted by: Carrington Ward | August 5, 2007 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Rudy basically agrees with Obama, we have two social liberals potentially for the general looks like Mitt was afriad to attack Rudy though, who essentially had Obama's views.

Posted by: Fred | August 5, 2007 8:13 PM | Report abuse

These pot shots at Barack Obama must mean that the Republicans see him as formidable competition. No remarks about Hillary or John Edwards' haircut today. Even from Mitt the wit.

Posted by: Patricia Barry | August 5, 2007 7:38 PM | Report abuse

dry up, dry fish. pro-oabamites have been scolding chris cilizza about being in love with hillary and ignoring obama, for months. i dont think chris has a crush on obama just because he finally comes around to admit Obama is a strong candidate.

Posted by: xbak | August 5, 2007 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Ok, democrats going to withdraw troops from Iraq. Obama going to attack the terrorist in Pakistan. Terrorist feels safe hiding in Iraq since US troops has gone. Is Obama going to send US troops back into Iraq?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 5, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I hope Obama wins! He's the man for the job!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 5, 2007 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Chris--Please use accurate terminology. Obama did not advocate attacking or invading Pakistan itself but specifically eliminating terrorists within Pakistan's borders.

I knew the righties would try to mischaracterise this position. I still wish he would kick his speechwriters.

Posted by: roo | August 5, 2007 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Hey Chris, when can we expect to see your own "I gotta crush on Obama" video on YouTube???

Posted by: dry_fish | August 5, 2007 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I know, bizarre. I thought Hillary was the Evil One. I'm halfway through the debate and haven't heard her name used once. I'm sure that will change, but they've been hammering Obama. Good news for him.

Posted by: cms | August 5, 2007 11:23 AM | Report abuse

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