Reporters appeared perplexed Tuesday evening after CNN began the first televised Democratic presidential debate with what appeared to be a fundraising video featuring President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

"Surprised. [CNN] began debate running partisan video statement by [President] Obama urging Dems to build on his record. Sounded like a fundraiser," said CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller.

The video itself was well-received by the crowd in attendance at the Democratic debate in Las Vegas.

"Eight years ago, I was one of the many candidates sharing my vision for our country's future. After a hard fought primary, we came together and built a historic grassroots campaign to bring change to America," Obama said in the video.

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