GOP Pollster: Clinton did not win the debate; Edwards came 'out on top'
On Monday, Fox News' Fox & Friends asked, "The Dems Debate: Who Came Out on Top?"
GOP pollster and "framing" expert Frank Luntz explained that he had watched the debate with 31 Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire, who recorded their level of agreement or disagreement with the various candidates' statements on a computerized system that tallied the results and was able to display them as a running graph superimposed on video of the debate.
As an example, he showed how Hillary Clinton's statement about her husband playing a role as a roving ambassador sent the reaction among liberals off the charts and also did well among moderates. "This is an absolute home run," Luntz said.
However, Luntz concluded that, based on overall reactions, the winner of the debate was neither Clinton nor Barack Obama, who he called "the surprise loser," but John Edwards. Edwards actually managed to win over a whole segment of the audience from other candidates.
"They felt that John Edwards had a vision," said Luntz. "They felt that he had a commitment and they loved the way that he presented himself. They saw him as being very presidential. ... You're going to see John Edwards' polling numbers go up in the next few days."
The following video is from Fox's Fox & Friends, broadcast on June 4.