From NBC's Mark Murray
LAS VEGAS -- Richardson was the first person I spotted in the spin room after the debate, and he was defending his statement that he has always opposed storing nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain. "Always voted against it," he said. When a reporter -- I think it was the Las Vegas Journal-Review's political reporter -- pressed him on the issue, he still maintained than he had strong votes against Yucca Mountain. "You know that," he said.
Then there was Edwards adviser Joe Trippi, who was emphasizing to reporters Clinton's laugh when asked about NAFTA and Ross Perot -- her response that all she could remember were the charts. Trippi said it isn't a laughing matter when there are people in Iowa and other states who lost their jobs due to NAFTA. He said that her answer is "really going to come back to hurt her."
Meanwhile, Clinton chief strategist Mark Penn stressed Obama's answer to the question over what was more important: human rights or national security? He said Obama was "at best ambiguous." He added that Clinton was unequivocal in answering national security. "That was a critical moment. There is no ambiguity."
Obama adviser David Axelrod was defending Obama's response to the drivers' license issue. "Let's solve the immigration problem, so we don't have undocumented workers." He added that the entire drivers' license issue was a "sideshow" -- mainly because Clinton's answers on it were mercurial." "The difference is that [Obama] has said the same thing."