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Who's Watching the Texas Debate With Us?

Who's Watching the Texas Debate With Us?

While the discussion about John McCain is still going strong, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will debate deep in the heart of Texas one short hour from now! Liberty and I are gearing up to watch and we have a mission: We're each going to focus on a debate participant we're not voting for. We think this might give some interesting, perhaps subjective, definitely surprising insight. I'm on the Obama beat, and Liberty's got an eagle-eye on Hillary. If you want to play along we'll be here in the comments!

Here's what we're also keeping in mind:

  • Texans favor John McCain when faced with a Clinton/McCain or Obama/McCain match-up. A CNN poll shows that McCain leads Clinton 55 percent to 42 percent; Obama does a little better with 44 percent to McCain's 52 percent. Given the McCain-ward pitch of the state, will the debating Democrats be looking to reach out to possible conservative Democrats?
  • After losing ten straight contests, Hillary needs to win this most populous, most delegate-rich state. She's actively courting Hispanic voters, who are likely to account for about 35 percent of the Democratic primary electorate. How will Obama try to snag those voters instead?
  • This debate is not only deep in the heart of Texas, it's deep in the campaign. That means enough has happened that will undoubtedly have to be addressed: Michelle Obama's "pride" comment; Hillary's losing streak; and both will probably address the big McCain story of the day.

I'm also interested to see who's running against whom. Does Obama focus on McCain while Clinton focuses on Obama? It's arguably the most pivotal debate of the season. Who's in?

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bethany21 bethany21 8 years
:rotfl: citizen! I think politicians in general are "others."
epicurean_Essy epicurean_Essy 8 years
Yeah Jillness, I thought that sounded strangely familiar too.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Hillary's final moment about "we will be alright, but will America" was actually a paraphrase of what John Edwards said at the end of a debate during the last election. Can we say hypocrite?
colleenb colleenb 8 years
I think Hillary's speech at the end was as powerful as her Xeroxing comment was weak, but the Xeroxing sound bite will be played over and over again, whereas the ending speech will take more time and context to listen to.
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 8 years
That would be weird to flip back and forth--wait there's Jack and Kate--and who are those people sitting at the table arguing? Are they the "others?" That's some island...
genvessel genvessel 8 years
my roommate is there!!! i'm watching my DVR right now.... we diverted to watch Lost.
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 8 years
I wonder what the post-debate news spin will be? Will they declare a winner? Did the debate cause enough of a ripple to make a differnce in the campaign?
kia kia 8 years
I love debate parties. Good times! What was irritating was listening to Barack say "When I am President" and Hillary is reluctant to do that. Only once did she say, "If I am President." That is significant because she seems afraid she will be a b*tch if she is too forward with that language. It is hard watching her debate him because it seems more acceptable for him to have a more dominating presence. I am glad I am neither a Democrat or living in a state where our democratic delegates count for the DNC because I still like both Clinton and Obama. I may support which ever one garners the nomination. I do like one of their health care plans better, but that is neither here nor there in a pragmatic sense.
bethany21 bethany21 8 years
She really does...maybe she should plagiarize a good speech writer! lol "Xeroxing" change? Really? That in particular was harsh...and sorta cheesy. She's such an intelligent lady, too...just not the best communicator, I don't think. I had trouble following some of her responses. It seemed a lot of the time she was jumping around.
colleenb colleenb 8 years
ha! Bethany, I was just telling my roommate I think Hillary uses such harsh language.
bethany21 bethany21 8 years
I thought Obama was doing well, clearly giving us policy points. Clinton was doing fine until she talked twice in a row about the women coming up and grabbing her...my friend turned and looked at me and asked what's the deal with all the random ladies grabbing ahold of her and asking for help for their child w/out insurance, son in the war, etc. lol But the ending was...weak for Obama, to say the least. Can't wait for analysis with Anderson! I'd analyze him any day.
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 8 years
is it just me, or does obama need to smile more when he signs autographs and meets with the people?
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 8 years
obama is classy - he pulled out hilary's chair for her!
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 8 years
although she has a creepy smile.
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 8 years
unfortunately yes.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 8 years
So, did Clinton bring enough to stop Obama's momentum?
pinkdragonfly pinkdragonfly 8 years
Wonderment is a real word but I don't often find myself shaking my head because of it...
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 8 years
wonderment? is that a word?
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 8 years
obama mama, you lost me right. yes you were raised by a single-mom, yes you've made mistakes....where's the beef?
colleenb colleenb 8 years
gah! Obama should cite a specific moment. Hillary will pounce on him for that.
bethany21 bethany21 8 years
Amen! I AM tired of government being controlled by the powerful.
bethany21 bethany21 8 years
Jorge makes Nancy Pelosi sound hot.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 8 years
I think Obama is doing great. She is doing great. It's like the previous 19 debates.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 8 years
Ha! Google for government sounds like a good idea.
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 8 years
Google for Government! bet the googlers will heart that
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