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by Jerome Armstrong, Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 04:28:57 PM EDT
Kucinich and Gravel, on either wing of the other candidates, constantly are raising their hands to get more time. Back to Iraq.
Dodd-- he will cut off the funding. Richardson-- Clinton says 50,000 troops left in place; there is a civil war. "No troops left". Biden cuts ahead of Clinton and challenges it by calling Richardson a liar, basically... and says the problem is that we don't have mine resistent vehicles-- whatever. Candidate's should get some sort of penalty for whenever they begin by saying, "I've put forward a comphrensive three point plan." 6 months isn't enought time to get out of Iraq? Kucinich then takes on Obama's credibility on being anti-war for voting to fund the war.
Obama had a great answer about Romney misrepresenting his position on sex ed, saying that he was basically talking about Mitt's plan, and that Mitt must have forgotten about it. Obama likes to use the knife carefully. He might have hit back harder.
Update [2007-7-23 20:52:45 by Jerome Armstrong]: They just aired a Republican question about "Democrats raise taxes" so I hope we get to see the "Republicans bust budgets" YouTube question for the Republicans next month. Or, at least, maybe we'll get some truth in advertising as to what the base of the conservative movement really looks like.
Overall, I like the YouTube format a lot; it's a big success. I have chronic anti-debate syndrome, and usually find the scriptedness of them overwhelming after about 10 minutes, and so have only partaken of them in YouTube snippits. It also seems to keep the candidates on their toes a bit more, or off balance, which is good too. I think the formats of debate that are done by reporter questions are weak in comparison. I'm off to the spin room and then am going to drop by the Marriott to see Clinton speak to her fans, before heading over to downtown for the Google after-party.