Post CNN Las Vegas Democratic Debate Analysis w/ Video

Here’s a report on the event from AOL News:

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Under pressure in a feisty debate, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton accused her closest rivals Thursday night of slinging mud “right out of the Republican playbook” and leveled her sharpest criticism of the campaign at their records.

“People are not attacking me because I’m a woman, they’re attacking me because I’m ahead,” Clinton said, striving to protect her standing as front-runner in an increasingly competitive nominating campaign.

“What the American people are looking for right now is straight answers to tough questions, and that is not what we have seen from Senator Clinton on a host of issues,” said Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois in the opening moments of a debate seven weeks before the first contest of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“There’s nothing personal about this,” said former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, who joined Obama in bluntly accusing Clinton of forever switching positions on Social Security, driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants and other issues. turning aside the suggestion that she was seeking to hide her positions. Long an advocate of universal health care, she said Obama’s current proposal leaves millions uncovered and that Edwards did not support health care for all when he first ran for president in 2004.

The three-way confrontation at the beginning of a lengthy debate reduced the other Democratic presidential hopefuls on the debate stage to the uncomfortable role of spectator, yet it perfectly captured the race for the party’s nomination. Clinton leads in the nationwide polls, but recent surveys in Iowa show she is in a virtual dead heat with Obama and Edwards.

Also, here’s a clip from Obama talking about the controversial driver’s licenses for illegal aliens plan via Hot Air:

Hillary had a much better answer this time, Obama looked very foolish and actually drew laughter from the crowd at how absurd his answer was. As I said several posts ago, Hillary will come back much stronger on this issue and will not allow herself to be tripped up again like the Philadelphia debate. Obama stumbled badly.

We’ll have more clips to come along with more commentary.

Also, check back tomorrow for the entire debate video we’ll have available for anyone who missed it.

Update

More videos in a playlist:

‘Tis rare that a candidate gets booed at a debate but somehow Edwards managed.

Update

Here’s another video report from the Associated Press where Hillary and Barack heatedly debate health care coverage:

In my opinion, there was no clear winner in that health care exchange. Hillary smacked Obama but he smacked her right back. I couldn’t tell what people were yelling near the end.

Update

The Clinton campaign is praising Wolf Blitzer for being weak while another unnamed campaign is criticizing him for it, via the Drudge Report:

CNN debate moderator Wolf Blitzer did an ‘outstanding’ job in Vegas, a senior adviser to the Hillary campaign said early Friday. ‘He was outstanding, and did not gang up like Russert did in Philadelphia. He avoided the personal attacks, remained professional and ran the best debate so far. Voters were the big winners last night.’

A rival campaign insider charges: ‘Wolf turned into a lamb. No follow-up question on Clinton’s huge flip on drivers licenses?’

Yeah, it was pretty pathetic that Blitzer completely neglected to question Hillary about the fact that a week ago she was supporting driver’s licenses for illegal aliens, or sort of was, or wasn’t, who knows. The point is, Wolf Blitzer had that chance and chose not to pull the trigger, instead allowing her to simply answer “No”, and then moved on.

Lamb indeed.

We will have the entire debate video up on Friday so check back then.