Debate Open Thread #1

No one else has done this, so I am opening it up. I am at Town Hall Grill in Chapel Hill and I am REAAAADY!!!!

Comments

What I'm looking for in this debate.

Plans, real plans, not just soaring rhetoric. I am also looking for weasel words, like "access to health care" and "helping working families" that have no plans attached. Beyond that, I am looking to see who the second-string candidates attack - I think that will say a lot about what deals have been cut.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Thanks for doing this.

I'm not able to get to a tee vee tonight . . . gotta rely on the tubes to fill me in.

i dont know

Her big ally and political consultant is Fetzer, and I dont think Fetzer has ever really been too involved with the Pope wing. That could be wrong though.

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Alright, let er rip

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

First Question

Do you agree with Harry Reid saying we have lost the war?

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Hillary

Its not ours to win or lose. Its the Iraqi people's.

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Hillary giving real safe answer on Iraq.

Nothing about Bush, puts in on the Iraqis, they need to show blah blah blah

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Biden

is a Senator. He is going after the president pretty hard, but he isnt going to score many voters talking like he is.

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Why have you voted for appropritaions Obama

I thought it would lead to disaster. After we had sent them I couldn't not support them. Tries to tell a story. Plan from January.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Important to be straight forward and honest - Edwards

Trust has been devastated. It is impossible for the US to provide hte stabiilzation unless everyone trusts us.
totally my words.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Edwards

becomes the first to say what he wants the next President to act like. Reinforced honesty about his policy decisions.

Obama reiterated his opposition, and said the senate passed a bill very close to what he put forward a few months ago.

Hillary is the first to say "When Im President..."

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Kucinich

Direct shot at everyone who voted for the bill today. Shot at Hillary. He is shooting at everyone.

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Richardsons hands

are annoying as hell. But he knows what to say. Good ideas. "Donor Conference" to get other countries to help pay. He was the first to directly mention talking to Iran and Syria and being tough with them. Edwards alluded to but only generally.

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Political speak so far.

Dodd, Richardson, Clinton....I'll leave it there. Kucinich is just wacky.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Ew

Gravel is annoying honestly. Dodd is never gonna get anywhere. He talks like a Senator more so even than Biden and he has no new ideas.

Gravel has a lot of passion, but he seems angry and insane frankly.

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Obama

good way of speaking about the troops and their sacrifice.

Mentioned 1 signature, but placed the burden on 16 senators to override not the president.

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Also

Obama, but especially Clinton is getting a lot of face time.

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I have to say...

I have no idea what Richardson or just now Obama were saying. It is a little loud in here.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

weasel word

I havne't taken money from "federally-registered lobbyists".

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Once again

Obama appeals to bipartisanship. Ugh. I expect him to say Angry Liberal any day now.

Edwards just told a great story about his life as a poor kid. Surprised by the Hedge Fund question as a follow up. Used the question to talk about poverty. "Financial Markets play a significant role" "People in those markets in New York know what to do to fix these problems"

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Edwards

Points out where he came from in response to question about the haircut and having lost touch. Good story. Only someone who has had to walk out of somewhere because they just couldn't afford it would understand. I have. I do.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Hillary

keeps hitting the "damage of Republicans" keeps getting rebuttals for no reason.

She talked a lot about Regulation. not sure if that is a good thing. she said "equal rules" which was good, but otherwise bad framing.

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Dodd

should drop out.

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He and Dodd are running for Secretary of XXXX

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Kucinich.

Why? It's a good question, he has really shot himself in the foot by trying to ..... oooooh, an American Idol shot at the "Rock Star" candidates?

And, a shot at hte apology.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

He is crazy

I think it really upsets him that anything less than 100% of the country agrees on everything.

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Thanks . . . keep it coming

n/t

Huge question

leading to, can you assure voters you will not misspeak in diplomacy. Brian called him a "gaffe machine"

His response: Yeah

Biden looked like an idiot right there. Thankfully for him Gravel just saved his ass by looking even more insane.

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Nothing off the table

Gravel attacking almost everyone.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Yeah, but Hillary.....

51% of the country don't like you. It isn't just part of the population, it's all Republicans and about another 10%.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Abortion

Edwards said, "This is why its important. Because whoever wins appoints"

Supports woman's right to choose. Says government shouldnt be making decisions for people. we must respect everyone's views.

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abortion to edwards

perfect example of what is at stake int hei election, the kind of people wh will be appoitned will control whether a woman can have the fredom to choose, or by the supremem court. Make a very hard decision by who is most likely to win this election. I believe in a woman's right to chooe, but I htink this a ext. difficult decision for the USA. Teh gocv't should not make these decision, I think we should respect the people.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Obama

He expects women to make this decision in discussion with their families, doctors, and clergy. Clergy?
"Can we start talking about the things we do agree on" as an answer to abortion. I would remind everyone that he voted "Present" on partial birth abortion and parental notificaiton.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I didn't know that

I didn't know he voted "present."

But the inclusion of clergy is good, I don't think he's saying it should be mandatory that you talk with a Priest first, he's saying that religious people have to make these decisions the same as non-religious folks.

Gravel is this year's Sharpton

He's hilarious. The rest are so scripted it's a bore.
 
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Obama

Really great response on the question. only 1% of cases were banned. He trusts women to talk to their doctors, families clergy and make a decision.

Biden called the decision "dangerous" and " irrational"

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Dodd

Still supports Roberts. He is right on the issue otherwise, but obviously doesnt get it. This isnt something to be dissapointed in the guy about.

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Perfect Choice for SCOTUS

Richardson: White, but dead then Ginsburg
Dodd Ginsburg
Edwards Ginsburg or Breyer

Richardson scored a big point for me there.

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Men'ul

Men'ul health.
 
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wow

according to the rankings Richardson has the best rating from the NRA of any declared candidate from either party.

He loves talking about everything in threes. Hit mental health parity.

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Biden's "Shotgun not pistol"

Is he trying to apologize for having a gun? Weird. Either he has one and he thinks it's okay or he doesn't.
 
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