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Update [2008-1-31 20:11:22 by Todd Beeton]:Barack said he's friends with Hillary and will continue to be as though he meant it. Hillary looks very relaxed. She started out the last couple debates a little rough. Not so tonight.
Update [2008-1-31 20:13:57 by Todd Beeton]:"What really is important here, the Republicans who debated last night are more of the same." She gets what the real fight we have is.
Update [2008-1-31 20:25:39 by Todd Beeton]:By the way, I'm here with David Dayen, he's blogging the debate over at calitics. Also, Jonathan is Twittering the debate in Breaking Blue.
Update [2008-1-31 20:41:30 by Todd Beeton]:Obama is very good on government transparency.
Update [2008-1-31 20:41:30 by Todd Beeton]:Seriously, looking at this debate vs. last night's Republican debate, the contrast couldn't be starker. On the topic of healthcare, I've always been impressed the way Hillary turns her failure in the 90s into an asset.
Update [2008-1-31 20:41:30 by Todd Beeton]:Obama is helped by the looser format here. He's allowed to talk without time restraints and it really suits him.
Update [2008-1-31 20:41:30 by Todd Beeton]:Obama reframes taxes in a progressive way: "I'll pay a little more but we have a moral obligation."
Update [2008-1-31 20:41:30 by Todd Beeton]:OK, here we go, immigration. An hispanic woman working the event here just applauded when Barack said he doesn't subscribe to the notion that African American unemployment is due to illegal immigration.
Update [2008-1-31 20:53:31 by Todd Beeton]:Very strong answer on immigration from Hillary. Did she just successfully dodge the driver's license question?
Update [2008-1-31 20:53:31 by Todd Beeton]:Hmm, whose dodge was better? I think Clinton's.
Update [2008-1-31 20:53:31 by Todd Beeton]:Clinton keeps saying "we need to get practical and realistic." Not exactly inspiring but pretty much sums up her central concept of the presidency -- a workhorse who will roll up her sleeves and solve America's problems.
We're getting the feed from inside the theatre. Wolf's testing his mic. He thinks he's hilarious: "And the Oscar goes to..." The place loved it. Now he's working the room, talking about how lucky he is to get paid to doi what he does. Wow, he's a freakin chatterbox.
He's telling the audience "we're going to let them debate. The less you hear from me, the better for the candidates and the audience and the voters." Oh and he also said he's pumped.
Someone just asked Wolf where Anderson is. He said "He worked last night...Thanks."
He's saying the last debate out of SC had 5 million viewers and they fully expect this to eclipse that one in total viewers.
In response to the question "who comes up with the questions" he said "a lot of us do, we try to get the candidates to make as many distinctions as possible."
OK, here we go. It's on CNN and streaming on CNN.com.
You know what to do...