Expert: Clinton, Richardson Scored; GOP: Candidates "Out Of Touch"

Orangeburg, SC (AP) - At least one analyst believes the first Democratic Presidential debate was a skirmish that's unlikely to change the minds of many voters.

Quinnipiac University Polling Institute Assistant Director Peter Brown says that benefits Hillary Rodham Clinton, who appeared to hold her own. He believes the other candidates lost, simply because Clinton didn't make a mistake.

Brown says viewers of the MSNBC event likely learned more about New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. Brown says Richardson "had ideas, talked definitively."

Republicans offered their take on the event from a distance. GOP Chairman Robert Duncan said in a statement that all of the candidates "are out of touch with the values of the people of South Carolina and all of America."

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