Thursday, February 21, 2008

Live-blogging the Dem CNN-Univision Debate
Opening gambit

Clinton lost the coin-toss and got to go first. (Interesting that Obama did not want the opening speech.)

She opened with a statement that was energetic, stating her bona fides in Texas by saying the Lone Star state was where she worked her "first political job" -- registering voters in South Texas. Then she invoked the memory of Barbara Jordan, whose birthday Clinton said is today. Next invocation of strong, Texas women? "My great friend, Ann Richards."

Hill went on to give a decent speech about discrimination against sick people, and how her health care program would elimate that.

Obama seemed a bit lethargic; he sounds congested. His opening statement was boring, until he got to this line:

"What's lacking here is not good ideas...," Obama said. "Washington is a place where good ideas go to die."

He did seem to be trying to shine a light on similarities between his opponent and him more than differences.

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