The Note: Leftward Bound

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A few more Democratic candidates are weighing in on that debate question about meeting with leaders of rogue nations. "I've actually met a lot of these guys already -- I've met Castro, I've met Chavez," Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., told The Washington Post's Anne Kornblut. And don't leave out Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del.: "This squabble is a distraction from the main event: defeating the Republicans and ending the war responsibly," his campaign said in a statement.

The kicker:

"If any of these people don't think I drink a beer every once in a while, they would be wrong." -- Edwards, as photo-takers debated whether he should pose with a beer in his hand shortly before his Iowa ride with Lance Armstrong.

"If he doesn't sign the 9/11 bill, I'll sleepwalk my way to 2008. . . .It's game, set, match." -- Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., laying out the stakes for President Bush.

Next up: The Republican presidential debate August 5 in Des Moines, to be broadcast as a special edition of ABC's "This Week." Submit your questions for the candidates here.

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