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The first question

From NBC's Mark Murray
The first question tonight -- about whether race is still the most intractable problem in American and about today's Supreme Court decision -- allowed each of the candidates to play to their strengths. Clinton hit on Bush-appointed Supreme Court that "turned the clock back" on Brown vs. Board of Education; Biden emphasized why he fought so hard against Roberts and Alito; Richardson talked about "being authentic and speaking honestly"; Edwards talked about the inequality in America; and Obama used it to talk about his biography and what he would do as president.

Oh, and Gravel talked about the nation's drug policies.