On the other hand, I do think she came back later on in the debate. And probably her best moment came when WMUR's political director, Scott Spradling, basically told her, you know, New Hampshire voters like Barack Obama more than you.
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CLINTON: Well, that hurts my feelings.
SPRADLING: I'm sorry, Senator. I'm sorry.
CLINTON: But I'll try to go on.
He's very likable. I agree with that. I don't think I'm that bad.
OBAMA: You're likable enough, Hillary.
CLINTON: Thank you so much.
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STEPHANOPOULOS: Not a good moment for Barack Obama there. I thought he looked a little peevish, a little small.
SAWYER: I'm not sure what he meant by that. I expect he'll be addressing that tomorrow.
Nice smile from Chelsea Clinton...
SAWYER: ... out there in the audience.
But what about your question your raised earlier, which is you said that Barack Obama had to show up and not make mistakes on key policy issues and on the details of policy.
STEPHANOPOULOS: And he avoided that. I don't think he made any big mistakes tonight, particularly on national security policy. There's no question about that. He showed himself as sober and serious.
But I have to say, Diane -- and we did talk about this earlier as well -- you look at those candidates tonight, there is so much fatigue on that stage. Look at them when they weren't answering questions, when they were just in repose, and their faces were glum, down. I mean, we see a little bit of it right there.
I think the -- there's Barack Obama. He's looking like, "Where am I? How much more time do we have on this tonight?"
And I think that was a real factor tonight, the fatigue there.
The exception was John Edwards. I think he showed passion and vitality and energy tonight. We was on message. He had a strategy tonight. I think this was one of his best debates.
SAWYER: And you said that he took a run.
STEPHANOPOULOS: That's right. His staff took care of him this afternoon. He took care of himself. He took a break after the events and he did take a run this afternoon, and I think that made a difference for him tonight.
SAWYER: Right. Well, as somebody has written, it is the longest leadership selection process in the world. And you could see it on those faces tonight.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You really could.
SAWYER: When we come back after the break, we're going to check in with Facebook and see what you've been saying to us on Facebook.
We'll be back.
SAWYER: Time now to check back in with our political pros inside the spin room to see how the Democratic contenders and their teams are finessing tonight's headlines.
Starting off, Kate Snow, who's been covering Senator Hillary Clinton. Kate, take it.
KATE SNOW, ABC ANCHOR: Well, spinning, finessing, here we go. Senator Clinton's campaign is saying that she had a great night. They're saying that she was tough; she was firm. They think that she showed strength and passion up there on that stage.
And they say that Obama looked weak. In fact, they say "Pretty talk won't be enough." And they say that, you know, all of his big ideas aren't going to be enough and that he showed that tonight.
He has not done enough to make change is their spin on this whole event. They think that she showed, tonight, some contrasts with him.