Last night, on the campus of a historically black institution, South Carolina State University, all the Democratic candidates met for the first time. Results of the debate in this very Republican state, whose primary will be held fourth in next year's election process, could be a bell weather, especially for the voting patterns of African American Democrats. Each of the eight candidates got 11 minutes in total during an hour and a half of one-minute answers to questions on complex issues. For the most part, they were nice to each other, tough on President Bush and really angry about the war in Iraq. Are Clinton, Obama and Edwards still the top three? Did any "second tier" candidates distinguish themselves? We hear from across the Democratic political spectrum.
Lee Bandy, Political Columnist, The State
John Zogby, President and CEO, Zogby International
Eli Pariser, Upworthy (@elipariser)
Mickey Kaus, Daily Caller (@kausmickey)
Kim Gandy, National Network to End Domestic Violence (@Kim_Gandy)