The Philadelphia Inquirer: "Early and often, on Iraq, Iran and electability, Hillary Rodham Clinton was sharply criticized by her rivals during a Democratic presidential debate Tuesday night at Drexel University. This encounter was much the candidates' most contentious of the year, with the front-runner taking repeated verbal shots, particularly from Barack Obama and John Edwards."
The AP puts it this way: "In the City of Brotherly Love, there wasn't much for a sister. Hillary Rodham Clinton's rivals ganged up on her during a two-hour Democratic presidential debate Tuesday night, putting the front-runner on defense on issues ranging from Iraq and Iran to Social Security and whether she would be electable in the general election."
The New York Times adds that "for all the attention Mr. Obama drew to himself coming into the debate, he was frequently overshadowed by former Senator John Edwards of North Carolina, who - speaking more intensely - repeatedly challenged Mrs. Clinton's credentials and credibility, and frequently seemed to make the case against Mrs. Clinton that Mr. Obama had promised to make."
More: "Mrs. Clinton smiled far less frequently than she had in earlier debates, often looking grim as she turned her head from Mr. Edwards to her right to Mr. Obama on her left. 'I need to rebut that,' she said at one point. 'I don't know where to start.'"
USA Today: "Clinton remained unrattled until the end, when she refused to be nailed down on whether she backs New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's proposal to provide driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. Gov. Bill Richardson, jumped to her defense, protesting 'this holier-than-thou attitude towards Sen. Clinton' as 'close to a personal attack.'"
The New York Daily News leads with Clinton's stance on the driver's license controversy. Clinton "got knocked off-balance trying to defend Gov. Spitzer's much-criticized plan on driver's licenses for illegal immigrants -- without actually endorsing it." The paper called it "the sharpest-edged debate of the primary campaign." More: "Pressed by moderator Tim Russert on whether she supported Spitzer's plan or not, Clinton got irritated -- and exasperated."
The New York Post takes the same tack with the headline: "Hill trips over Spitz debate."