Political Junkie: Analysis of the NPR Iowa Debate

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All of the major Democratic presidential candidates met on Tuesday for a debate hosted by NPR in Des Moines, Iowa. In this edition of the Political Junkie, Ken Rudin, NPR's political editor, talks about the candidates' answers, and looks ahead to Mitt Romney's upcoming speech about his faith.

Ken Rudin, NPR's political editor, writes the "Political Junkie" column and has a weekly podcast called "It's All Politics"

Clyde Wilcox, professor of government, Georgetown University

Debate Check: Behind Democrats' Responses

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Sen. Hillary Clinton, former Sen. Mike Gravel and Sen. Barack Obama were among the seven Democratic presidential candidates participating in a debate sponsored by NPR and Iowa Public Radio. David Lienemann for NPR hide caption

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Sen. Hillary Clinton, former Sen. Mike Gravel and Sen. Barack Obama

Sen. Hillary Clinton, former Sen. Mike Gravel and Sen. Barack Obama were among the seven Democratic presidential candidates participating in a debate sponsored by NPR and Iowa Public Radio.

David Lienemann for NPR

Debate Check Issues:

Read more from NPR reporters "debate checking" the responses from the Democratic presidential candidates:

Is there evidence that Iran had a nuclear weapons program? Is there an arms race with China? How have immigrants affected wages?

As Democratic presidential candidates debated Iran, China and immigration at a forum Tuesday sponsored by NPR and Iowa Public Radio, they sometimes raised more questions than they answered.

NPR reporters following along kept track to provide a reality check.

Candidates participating in the forum were: Sen. Joseph Biden (DE), Sen. Hillary Clinton (NY), Sen. Christopher Dodd (CT), former Sen. John Edwards (NC), former Sen. Mike Gravel (AK), Rep. Dennis Kucinich (OH) and Sen. Barack Obama (IL). Former Gov. Bill Richardson (NM) was at a funeral and did not attend.

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