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Press Release - John Edwards: "Strong Performer"; "Smart" and "Bold"

June 03, 2007

MSNBC's Chuck Todd: Edwards Was "Strong Performer" of Debate; Was Edwards' "Best Debate Performance to Date."

MSNBC's Chuck Todd wrote tonight, "John Edwards seemed very engaged and clearly carved out opportunities to engage Clinton and Obama. The press coverage will reflect this which the Edwards campaign will see as a victory. Bottom line, it was Edwards best debate performance to date (and I'm counting the one from this year and the ones from 2003-4)." [MSNBC's First Read, 6/3/07]

Donna Brazile: Edwards "Smart" and "Bold" During Debate.

Donna Brazile praised Edwards' debate performance. Brazile said, "But Senator Edwards, I also believe, came out looking very smart, he was bold, he talked about his distinctions, the differences, with the other candidates[.]" [CNN, 6/3/07]

Daily Kos Readers Declared Edwards The Winner.

According to the Daily Kos poll on the night of the debate, "Who do you think won the debate,xE2x80x9D had John Edwards leading the pack with 25% of the 1998 votes cast, followed by Obama at 22%, and Clinton at 17%. [dailykos.com, accessed at 9:30pm 6/3/07]

Larry King: Edwards was "Leading" with "Very, Very Strong Presentation."

Larry King said during the intermission of the CNN New Hampshire Democratic primary debate that Edwards was leading the field. King said, "Senator Edwards leading the force in carrying on a very, very, strong presentation[.]" [CNN, 6/3/07]

CNN's Arianna Huffington and Mike Murphy: Edwards Having "Strong" Second Half, Most "Well Briefed."

In a blog post on CNN's Political Ticker titled "Comeback Kid," Arianna Huffington and Mike Murphy praised Edwards' debate performance. "Republican Mike Murphy remarked that Senator Edwards is having a strong second half performance.' Democrat Arianna Huffington thinks he's the most 'well briefed' candidate on the stage ... Both agree that Senator Clinton has some competition if she is to come away with the title of 'debate winner.'" [CNN.com, 6/3/07]

CNN's Arianna Huffington and Mike Murphy: Impressed With Edwards' Performance; Both Believe Clinton Needs to "Finally Admit that She Has Made Mistakes."

CNN's Political Ticker posted under "Just admit it already!" that "Democrat Arianna Huffington and Republican Mike Murphy have finally found some common ground. Both believe that Senator Clinton needs to finally admit that she has made mistakes. Whether it's the War in Iraq or gays in the military Hillary 'never admits she messed up,' opined Murphy. Huffington agreed - 'She just needs to stop parsing words.' Both commentators have been impressed so far with John Edwards' admissions of past mistakes and overall performance. [CNN.com, 6/3/07]

Edwards Applauded by New Hampshire Voters for Saying He Was Wrong to Vote for the War. "Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards got applause from the audience after saying he regretted voting for the Iraq war. 'I think I had the information I needed,' Edwards said. 'I don't think that was the question. I think one difference we do have is I think I was wrong. I should never have voted for this war.'" [CNN.com, 6/3/07]

John Edwards, Press Release - John Edwards: "Strong Performer"; "Smart" and "Bold" Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/293565

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