California Democratic Debate Highlights

(This blog has remarked before about the the repetitious nature of this series of political debates with the Democratic candidates for president. However, more and more people tune in to each subsequent debate, so perhaps this is necessary for voters who are just awakening to this year's political process just before the so-called "Super Tuesday" primaries. Nevertheless, most of the debate held in Los Angeles was a repeat of others, although this was the first two-person debate. Perhaps only 15 minutes of new material can be found sprinkled into two hours of conversation which was mostly polite and the candidates decided to aim their best barbs at the Republicans and President George Bush. The California debate was co-sponsored by CNN, The Los Angeles Times, and The Politico.)

by Rick Rockwell

About halfway through the debate, the journalists on the panel (who could have found some fresher and more interesting questions, especially when the best questions often came from viewers) finally touch some new ground when Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) is asked about the endorsement of much of the Kennedy clan for Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL).

During the latter part of the debate, moderator Wolf Blitzer tries unsuccessfully to knock Clinton off of her stump speech with questions about her vote on the Iraq War and belief in the policies of the Bush administration.

Former Senator Mike Gravel was not invited to the debate because CNN said he is supported by less than one percent of the electorate, according to its polling. The next series of debates will be held at the end of the month in Ohio, with Democrats meeting on Feb. 27 and the Republicans on Feb. 28.

For more background on the election campaign, please see these archival posts:

(Photo of Sen. Hillary Clinton campaigning in New Hampshire in 2007 by Marc Nozell of Merrimack, NH via Flickr, using a Creative Commons License.)

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