Today at 4 p.m., the Democratic presidential candidates will go head-to-head for the first time, and it'll be moderated by NBC anchor Brian Williams and broadcast live on MSNBC.
Use this space as an open forum to discuss their performance.
To kick things off, we'll note some of the questions posed by MSNBC talking head Chris Matthews:
How will Hillary Clinton, the only woman on stage, look in this line-up of men? Will she radiate with charisma? Will she debate with strength and modulation? Will she be cool, persuasive and appealing? Will she clearly stake out her position on the war in Iraq and on Mideast policy generally? Will she stick her neck out in this first joint appearance or simply give it the minimum, playing not to lose?
Will Barack Obama engage head-to-head with Hillary? Will he bring the debate to her, challenging her vote to authorize the war, questioning her proposal to keep a residual military force in Iraq, and demanding her position on any military action against Iran?
Will John Edwards, a native of South Carolina, show off the same platform skills he shows before crowds? Will he demonstrate the maturity to match Hillary? Will he prove himself the senior national leader to Obama? Will he prove, as he did for us in the Hardball College Tour last year in North Carolina, that he is far more prepared for the presidency than he was in 2000?
Will Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, or Bill Richardson (or all three) succeed in opening up the debate, in proving themselves in the same league with the frontrunners? Will one of them throw a punch which forces one of the three leading candidates to respond?
Will Dennis Kucinich state a position in the war in Iraq that drives the other candidates to either join him or distance themselves from him?
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