The Blue State Opinion: John Edwards wins first debate
After a very intense discussion between members of our team, The Blue State will declare John Edwards as the winner of the first Democratic presidential debate. He was clearly more prepared than anyone else, appeared the most sincere and positive as well. Here are our rankings, from best to worst:
- John Edwards - Most straight-forward in his answers. Clearly came off the best. He had a lot riding on this debate, and came up big.
- Barack Obama - Being attacked by Kucinich and Gravel made him look more mainstream and more electable. Strongest on foreign policy -- really shined on that issue.
- Hillary Clinton - Very sharp answers, especially around the end. Saying that she was from New York twice, while speaking in a non-New York accent, may have hurt her sincerity. But overall she was surprisingly analytical.
- Joe Biden - His infamous one-word answer contradicted criticism for his typically long-winded rhetoric. Strongest tonight on the issue of non-Iraq foreign policy.
- Bill Richardson - Stumbled a bit on the Gonzales question, but rebounded when he talked about North Korea and Iran -- since foreign policy is clearly his strength.
- Chris Dodd - Exactly what we expected out of him.
- Dennis Kucinich - Picking a fight with Obama just to pick a fight didn't help him at all. Obama should have ignored him. He actually should have spent more time talking about Cheney impeachment.
- Mike Gravel - The "potted plant" comment was the most thoughtful insight he said all night.
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