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Clinton Praises McCain on Global Warming, Focuses on Women

HAVERFORD, Pa. -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) praised Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for his willingness to break with his party on the issue of global climate change but insisted she would go further than her potential Republican presidential rival.

"I've actually worked with Senator McCain on this issue," Clinton said in response to an audience question during an event on the grounds of Haverford College this afternoon. "I commend him for breaking ranks with Republicans [and] for even talking about this issue and taking it seriously."

Clinton added that whereas McCain has said he would support the Kyoto international global warming treaty only if India and China also agreed to sign it, she would work to bring the countries together. "My attitude is let's do it together," Clinton said.

Clinton's "conversation" with voters (as she billed it) was her first public event since last night's Democratic presidential debate with Sen. Barack Obama in Philadelphia and she was joined on stage by her mother, Dorothy, and her daughter, Chelsea.

While her campaign's top strategists held a conference call to tout last night's debate as an important moment in the race, Clinton mentioned the debate only in passing and was not asked about it during the questions-and-answer period.

(The reaction the the debate has been huge, however, with many supporters of Obama upset with his treatment from the ABC News moderators., which has endorsed Obama, is circulating a petition that reads: "Debate moderators abuse the public trust every time they ask trivial questions about gaffes and 'gotchas' that only political insiders care about." The group has pledged to run an ad on the same topic if they can gather 100,000 signatures in support of it.)

Instead, Clinton focused heavily on issues important to female voters -- touting her work in the Senate on ensuring equal pay for women and to secure more money for breast cancer research.

Clinton also regaled the crowd, which was dominated by women, with stories of her early days as a lawyer and her struggles to balance work and home life. "We have seen an evolution in a lot of the obvious ways, but we're still not making work and family balance as easy as it should be," she said.

Asked by a young man in the audience what he should say to voters in the final days of the Pennsylvania primary to convince them to back Clinton, the New York Senator joked: "Just knock on the door and say 'You know she's really nice.' Or you could say 'She's not as bad as you think.'"

Clinton went on to compare the protracted campaign to a extended "job interview" in which voters were still trying to decide who they should hire. "I hope you would ask them, 'Who would you hire?'" Clinton added.

Tonight she will attend a block party in Philadelphia and The Fix will be there. In the meantime, it's time to find a good cheesesteak!

Here is a video of Clinton's appearance at Haverford College today:

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 17, 2008; 4:20 PM ET
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Posted by: Gibson2007 | April 22, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

This just in. Julie Nixon Eisenhower has endorsed Barack Obama.

Posted by: majorteddy | April 22, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Obama supporters seem to have not trouble with raising topic not related to how a candidate would govern as long as those questions are not directed at their candidate.

I for one am sick and tired of hearing about Hillary's misstatement about the landing in Bosnia, particularly since Hillary would be crucified for the citing the most obvious reason for such misstatement.

The occupants of that plane were warned of the dangers of sniper fire. and the fear of sniper fire was the thing that stuck in Hillary's mind, but I can just imagine what the Hillary haters and Obama worshippers would have made of an admission of fear even legimate fear.

Posted by: akahidden | April 18, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

What babies...for months they had the press pacifier to suck on and is getting close and they cannot handle the fire..Move On with a petition...glad I resigned from that group...what about the wonderful free press they all touted as Hillary got axed over and over again by Chris and Chris and the big Olberman? No they told us it is not the press it is the people speaking. You think it is hard now...just wait until the Grand Old Party gets going.

Posted by: Sabby | April 18, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I really, really want to be the person whose life is so easy that they looked at the first hour of the ABC debate and said to themselves "Finally, someone is talking about the issues I care about!"

Posted by: Kat | April 18, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Ummm, so is this Mrs. Clinton's example of how she's going to do everything in her power to elect the Democratic nominee? Yet again she's piling on the praise for Sen. McCain??? And it's pretty amazing that Mrs. Clinton still talks about being on a job interview, when everybody knows what happens to job candidates who pad their resumes. Oh, and by the way, on the flag pin "issue"??? I have no idea why no one ever mentions that neither Mrs. Clinton NOR Sen. McCain ever wears a flag pin. So why is it big news that he doesn't??????? Maybe George and Charlie (er Charles, right, a little elite since he ahem, got out of the morning ghetto, shoulda asked Hillary about that, too. If they had tried to be unbiased, that is.

Posted by: omyobama | April 18, 2008 3:39 AM | Report abuse

I think the debate was staged. Before voting for Hillary Clinton watch this.

Are you sure you want the Clntons back in the White House.

Posted by: Janice | April 18, 2008 3:02 AM | Report abuse

Doesn't McCain have the worst voting record on the environment? Would this not be his FIRST vote in favor of environmental protections or regulations? Pathetic.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2008 2:24 AM | Report abuse

Hillary said:
"I've actually worked with Senator McCain on this issue,"
"I commend him for breaking ranks with Republicans [and] for even talking about this issue and taking it seriously."
Where is there the pandering to McCain?

Posted by: andrea | April 18, 2008 1:59 AM | Report abuse

Hillary's continual pandering to McCain is becoming embarassing. Considering how many advisers she's paying, doesn't anybody have the sense to tell her that this looks like sour grapes?

After last night's televised high school initiation ceremony, perhaps we've all lost sight of the fact that the outcome of this race determines, oh

-- whether we stay in Iraq
-- whether we ever get out of this economic tailspin
-- whether we ever get out of playing the endless and partisan useless games that Washington has bogged down in since Reagan's election
-- and yes, PG, whether we ever restore the Constitution.

On all these points, you can bet McCain is on the wrong side. So why is HIllary polishing his credentials?

Posted by: Helen | April 17, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

apropos the flag pin questions, they were asked by moronic moderators, neither of whom was wearing a flag pin.


If this debate had been held on September 10, 2001 all the questions would have been about Chandra Levy.

Posted by: truth | April 17, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I go back to my first thought - what a bunch of whiners! You sound like my 3rd grader with the whining, cheap excuses and blaming everyone but yourself. Suck it up and deal. I am losing more and more respect for the Obama campaign by the hour.

Posted by: Dave! | April 17, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

"Clinton focused heavily on issues important to female voters " when she visited at Haverford college.

Only a woman can know how important these issues are.. And only a woman Presidnt (our very first one who is Hillary!) will fight until she gets the rights that women are due. Or rather over due.

As President Hillary can pick the military men that will round her out to be a good Commander in Chief. Bush didn't choose wisely its clear but the arrangement is the same, President picks top brass that help her make decisions that keep us safe.

But only a woman (that is Hillary first) will care enough about domestic things and how to bring them about that she will make the rights real that women have been entitled to since time began.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 17, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Last night's debate... ABC: Ambush 'Bama Club.

Gotcha Gibson and Step-on-neck-opoulos are a disgrace.

Voters deserve better, but they better not look for it at ABC News....

Posted by: Truth Hunter | April 17, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

I don't care who was treated fairly or unfairly. It was a pathetic debate. These moderators should find new jobs .... or were they already auditioning for a 'reality' show? Could anybody be more condescending, smug and self-satisfied than these two? They had the opportunity to pose pertinent questions to two people running for president. the REAL president not a TV show cut out. In my opinion they showed no respect and were just plain silly and inane. Good grief - how sad that this is what American media thinks they can get away with.

Posted by: Lisbeth Echeandia | April 17, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton '08

Lobbyists need love too!

Solutions for the American Corporation

Posted by: UncleRemus | April 17, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Again, I'm amazed at the whiny-ness of the Obama sycophants. Yes, some of the questiosn were about rumors or irrelevancies. So what. You think Iran or China or insert-USA-enemy-here is going to always play fair with the guy?

Don't you want to know if he can take a punch, and throw one back, before you blindly vote for a guy just because he's charismatic? Or are you that desperate to put a black man with a muslim-sounding name in the white house to assuage liberal guilt?

Posted by: JD | April 17, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

It certainly would have been legitimate for ABC to briefly touch on Wright (Obama) and sniper fire (Hillary). But the Ayers thing (fed to George S. by Sean Hannity) and the flag lapel pin were a waste of time, and devoting the entire first 50 minutes to tabloid stuff was irresponsible.

Oh, and Clinton fans: it didn't help your candidate. Hillary Clinton is very effective at talking about policy during debates. She would have done well. But what the public saw was a slime machine, with her piling on, and a lot of them turned it off before it got to the second half, where Hillary did reasonably well.

Well, that is, except for the scary part where she talked about massive retaliation against Iran, at a time when Dick Cheney is trying to fabricate an incident.

Posted by: Joe Buck | April 17, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

ABC has disgraced itself... I will never watch one of their programs again. They are clearly in the bag for Republicans.

Posted by: Stacy | April 17, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Without a doubt the Clintons, both Hillary and Bill, have spoken glowingly of McCain over Obama.

Come on Indiana and North Carolina, let's end this process with wins for Obama !

Posted by: AJ | April 17, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Jesus didnt wear a flag pin. He was not one of those 'my country right or wrong' people. He was not supportive of the superpower of his day. He was not a conservative, nor did he follow traditional religious teachings. He gave speeches,challenged the status quo. How many righteous Christians would listen to him today? He said, Blessed are the peacemakers. Who would Jesus vote for?
As people all over America tut-tut themselves over Rev Wright, and the media keeps showing the same clip and calling it news, Who would Jesus vote for?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 17, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is hoping McCain picks her as his VP.

Posted by: Terry | April 17, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

GOP's thought process in the booth on Election Day - "Shoot. The negro is hands down the better candidate than this old goat. What can I do to remain true to my neocon roots? Oh, that's right. Obama didn't wear a flag pin! Wheeewwwww! Now I can vote with a clear conscience for the old white guy. Mission accomplished!"

Posted by: ProudtobeaChickenhawk | April 17, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Could it be that if Hillary doesn't get the Democratic nomination, she'll run as McCain's veep?

Posted by: politics as fun | April 17, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I wish some of you who are so concerned about a candidate's position on wearing a lapel pin showed the same concern about the allegiance a President shows to our Consitution (oh, I'm referring to the one that good ol' Bushie has torn to shreds).

Then again, I guess its just easier to put on a lapel pin, huh?


Posted by: PeixeGato | April 17, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey Proud, your disdain for candidates who have or come from a lot of money is interesting. I guess McCain, Romney, and Giuliani are the "down-to-earth-regular-guy-who-doesn't-have-a-fortune-sitting-in-the-bank" candidates, huh? Or maybe you didn't/don't support any of them.

Why is is wrong to want a President who is smarter and more successful at whatever it is they set their minds to doing than your average person? I don't begrudge HRC for attending Wellesly, what bothers me is that somehow she has decided that she can paing Barack as a member of the "elite". Um, how much money did the Clintons rack up over the last 10 years??? If you are a pot, then don't go calling the kettle black (no pun intended, seriously).

I for one am tired of having an educational under-achiever as a president (wasn't McCain at or near the bottom of his class in high school AND college?). Look where that has gotten us. Go have a beer with Bush and McCain and let someone with some intelligence run the country.


Posted by: PeixeGato | April 17, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

An Open Letter To Disney & ABC
Whether you support Hillary or Barrack is irrelevant. Last night's hijacking of the Presidential Debate forum, turning the USA into a laughing spectacle around the world, is unfathomable. I do not for the life of me understand why Charles & George purposely wanting to disgrace America, her political processes, and her citizens!

Having been a loyal Disney and ABC supporter for all of my adult life, even having made plans to have a three generation family reunion this summer at Disneyland, I can unequivocally (sp) say that never again will I support a Disney or ABC entity...EVER!

To be treated as mentally inferior sub human beings who would rather enjoy trash tabloid than hear what our potential leader of the United States of America, ABC should be banned from ever claiming itself a legitimate news organization.

I do not appreciate- not one single solitary bit - that your organization treated me and the rest of America to this public humiliation. Having formerly worked for US-AID, The White House, and the National Education Association, I have spoken with many of my friends around the world since last evening. Their thoughts equal mine in that what was once a respected world news organization has lost their credentials.

I will never, and I repeat, never again, as long as I have breath support in any way your organization again. You have disgraced the country I love and the country for which I honorable served as a United States Marine. My grandchildren will play with rocks and sticks before I ever take them to another Disney movie, buy a Disney product or be associated with an unpatriotic and unamerican organization such as ABC and Disney. And I will fervently seek to encourage other organizations, families, and individuals, regardless of political affiliation, to do the same. You are a disgrace to the legacy of Mr. Walt Disney, Peter Jennings, and a host of respectable media. You are no better than the sleazy tabloid magazines and television shows; willing to do anything for a buck.

Sincerely, A Proud American Citizen &
United States Marine

Posted by: emeraldfalcon | April 17, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse



Bruce has a show in Florida tomorrow night (Friday 4-18) but rumors are swirling that he's jetting up to Philly to join Obama on Independence Mall.

Speculation abounds that radio stations will announce the appearance tomorrow morning, "rent-a-mob" style. No advance announcement will keep the crowd numbers manageable but still provide the video amplitude to ensure pickup by virtually every news and web 'cast in the country.

You heard it here first! If for some reason it doesn't come off, don't blame me... but with Obama in Philly and still smarting a big from the ABC News mugging, don't be surprised if the Boss lends some happy diversionary joy in the region where his word rules among legions of "Born in the USA types, the baby boomers, workin' from cops and factory workers along with the early '70s college radio generation that still remain in his cult-like following.

Obama needs to win over that workin' for a livin' demo in hardscrabble Penna... that's why it's more than even money that Bruce will lend his visage and maybe a coupla tunes (his solo setwork, most likely).

Anyone else's antennae picked up on this Streets of Philadelphia Story?

Posted by: scrivener | April 17, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

'And let's face it. Hundred-million-dollar Hillary "I'm not Tammy Wynette" Clinton, John "$400 Haircut" Edwards, John "I Believe" Kerry and Al "$30,000 utility bill" Gore make Obama look like the pauper of pretension by comparison.'

And hundred-million-dollar John McCain -- who after all, didn't earn it, just left his crippled wife for a beer heiress and owns 8 homes--he's just a regular guy, tied to the most corrupt lobbyists in DC and pulling for 4 more years of the same corrupt neocon policies-- the most out of touch of all of them.

Posted by: Sam | April 17, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey Dave,

Sorry if you are tired of hearing about the candidate's positions on various policy issues. if that's the case, then I would imagine you've made up your mind and no longer need to watch the debates. That's fine. Congratulations to you.

For the 10-20% of PA voters who haven't yet made up their mind, it would've been nice if they could've seen a good 90 mins about issues and not an hour of discussion about things that have already been explained, discussed, explained again, discussed again, etc. If you do not believe that Obama has not said enough of the subject of his pastor or the comments he made in SF, then you either haven't been listening or you have made up your mind that nothing he can say will ever satisfy you, in which case, they/you should move on to more substantive discussions. If you haven't made up your mind, then WHAT MORE COULD HE SAY????


Posted by: PeixeGato | April 17, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Hey Proud, just because ABC hadn't asked the questions doesn't mean the topic had not been covered ad nauseum over the last several weeks.

It would be nice to see a debate about the issues that Americans face, not about whether some comments made by a pastor at a church (unless of course the pastor were running for office).

And if you do believe it is so relevant, where are the calls for McCain to explain his relationship with Hagee (don't care how his name is spelled, sorry)?


Posted by: PeixeGato | April 17, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton Says Whatever To Whoever Is Still Listening

Posted by: Mark F | April 17, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

It's more than a little tragic that, after 232 years, we've gone from "I regret that I have but one life to give to my country" to a lapel pin.

Posted by: JamesCH | April 17, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

"The reaction the the debate has been huge, however, with many supporters of Obama upset with his treatment from the ABC News moderators"

CC, here again you show your bias toward Hillary. It was not merely Obama supporters upset with the debate. It was many rational Americans who think we ought to choose a president based on his positions on the issues, experience, etc., not these stupid faux pas and gotcha games. If you get outside the "chattering class", you'll realize this isn't a partisan issue.

Posted by: freeDom | April 17, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Besides if we simply ignore or encourage Islamic terror, what's the worst that can happen?

so what if they take over a country, kidnap embassies, kill americans, threaten a region, control oil prices, obtain nukes - so what?

Posted by: Jimmy C Obama | April 17, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Can't we just elect Obama and get rid of some of this prosperity, success and pleasure. I sure miss the good old days when the misery index was through the roof. Besides, it would be nice to replace the worst President (it isn't James Earl Carter even if everyone thinks so) with someone new one of these days.

Posted by: Jimmy c | April 17, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

"If you can't answer that question without... well, either lying, or forgetting what your originally said about wearing a flag pin, then don't run for President."

Right on! True patriots get their bums spanked in the Skull 'n' Bones basement instead of going to fight for the cause! Yeah! And truer patriots vote for them! Yeah! And they call those people Chickenhawks! Yeah!

Posted by: proudtobeaGOPChickenhawk | April 17, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

I can use that. I was running out of 60s songs to cut and paste.

thanks John

Posted by: drindl | April 17, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

your flag decal won't get you, into heaven anymore

It's already overcrowded, from your dirty little war

Now Jesus don't like killin, no matter what the reason for

and your flag decal won't get you, into heaven anymore

Posted by: John Prine | April 17, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Dave! is right. It tells us about Obama the man, the wanna-be Leader of the Free World....

Obama, After Saying He Won't Wear a Flag Pin, Says He Never Said He Wouldn't Wear One

Obama, last night: "I have never said that I don't wear flag pins or refuse to wear flag pins."

Obama, October 4, 2007:

"You know, the truth is that right after 9/11, I had a pin," Obama said. "Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we're talking about the Iraq War, that became a substitute for I think true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security, I decided I won't wear that pin on my chest."

"Instead," he said, "I'm going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testimony to my patriotism."

Come on, man.

Obama's defenders are jumping up and down and screaming that the questions were unfair. But the "ordinary citizen" questioner asked a simple, pretty straightforward one:

NASH MCCABE (Latrobe, Pennsylvania): (From videotape.) Senator Obama, I have a question, and I want to know if you believe in the American flag. I am not questioning your patriotism, but all our servicemen, policemen and EMS wear the flag. I want to know why you don't.

If you can't answer that question without... well, either lying, or forgetting what your originally said about wearing a flag pin, then don't run for President.

Yeah, Obama's not going to wear a flag pin because it's a substitute for true patriotism, the kind of true patriotism he has shown over the years, like going to a black separationist church for 2 decades, or being friends with terrorists who plot bombings against the US Army like Ayers. The real kind.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | April 17, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Dudley Smith - Hello?!? CC: Tony Luke's!!!!

Posted by: Dave! | April 17, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

bsimon - "I would argue that flag pins on one's lapel does not meet that standard."

Then if that is the case, it should be an easy question to answer, put in the past and make it a non-issue. But I don't think it is. And I think to some extent, how questions like this are answered gives us a look at Obama the person. These are certainly not the greatest questions ever in a debate but I think it tells us more about a person than something like "Who is the current leader of Palau?".

Look, there are people who believe patriotism is demonstrated by wearing a flag pin (shirt/patch/etc). And there are people that believe patriotism is demonstrated by not wearing the flag and doing something like public service. What you believe tells people a little of what kind of person you are. I am not saying one is better or more patriotic than the other. But it does go to defining your particular character, however and tells you a little about how that person works.

Posted by: Dave! | April 17, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

"I am short-sighted and selfish, and both uninterested in and frightened of anything which does not fit comfortably within my extremely narrow view of life and my role in it. Posted by: kingofzouk | April 17, 2008 4:43 PM"
We knew this already, but I bet you feel better just by making the confession. Keep up the good work. The therapy sessions are finally paying off.

Posted by: chocochuckles | April 17, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

"I am short-sighted and selfish, and both uninterested in and frightened of anything which does not fit comfortably within my extremely narrow view of life and my role in it. Posted by: kingofzouk | April 17, 2008 4:43 PM"

Methinks someone has swiped KOZ's login name.

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | April 17, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

"Asked by a young man in the audience what he should say to voters in the final days of the Pennsylvania primary to convince them to back Clinton, the New York Senator joked: "Just knock on the door and say 'You know she's really nice.' Or you could say 'She's not as bad as you think.'""

The latter is likely to elicit a variable set of reactions. Mostly laughter. Or "She's worse!"

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | April 17, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse


Jim's Steaks at 4th and South. Best cheesesteaks in the city.

Posted by: Dudley Smith | April 17, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

The "debate" was a lame farce show done in the courtroom "gotcha" style of Boston Legal TV drama. I'd rather watch a re-enactment of the Scopes Trial, at least during that trial debate their dialogue showed cleverness. Last night was annoying and lame.
It's pointless to sift winners out of such a pathetic media blow job.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 17, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Dave! writes
"There is more to Presidenting than policy points."

I entirely agree. I would argue that flag pins on one's lapel does not meet that standard.

Posted by: bsimon | April 17, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Good work, Chris. The Fix couldn't function any better if the Post merely redirected surfers to the Hillary website when they click your link.

It is obvious that proper journalism takes a backseat to you rah-rah Clinton attitude, which is what we are looking for in campaign recruits. We are also looking for someone who works cheaply - since you are a sellout, you would be a perfect fit on that count, too.

Your career should be taking off soon - look at how much ink little Georgie Stephonocchio has been getting in these last 24 hours.

Posted by: Howard Wolfson | April 17, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Obama was apparently flummoxed that his remarks have been interpreted as arrogant. After all, he was a "community organizer" who came from a single-parent home! He is The Everyman. The Uniter. The Soul-Fixer. The Vessel of All Hopes and Dreams. How could he possibly be perceived as out of touch?

And let's face it. Hundred-million-dollar Hillary "I'm not Tammy Wynette" Clinton, John "$400 Haircut" Edwards, John "I Believe" Kerry and Al "$30,000 utility bill" Gore make Obama look like the pauper of pretension by comparison.

Meanwhile, on the SnObama PR tour...
Michelle Obama stooped to Stephen Colbert's level and endured a grueling 7-minute rendezvous with buffoonery to tout The Soul-Fixer's campaign. Why did she agree to appear? Because Barack is "special" and because, as she so nobly put it, "I'm willing to make the sacrifices."

She wasn't kidding.

Colbert prides himself on his talent at spoofing narcissism. Michelle Obama's narcissism is beyond parody.

Unintentionally funniest line: "Barack and I tend to look at the positives."

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | April 17, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the above article, if Sen. Clinton keeps it up, she might be able to get on Sen. McCain's ticket as VP. She'll have to fight hard with Sen. Lieberman for that distinction, though ;)

Regarding the debate, questions relating to the "bitter" comments and even Sen. Obama's association with William Ayers, were not out of bounds in my opinion. They happened in between debates and needed to be answered by the candidate.

But, "What do you have against flag pins on your lapel, Barack?" and "Does Jeremiah Wright love America as much as you do?"...Really?!? You (ABC) had two months to prep for this, and that's the best you can do? With all that's going on in the world, those are silly, inconsequential questions that make you (ABC) look like some real fools.

Posted by: Gut Check | April 17, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

This was not a debate - it was a joke! What about important issues being discussed? That's what a debate is. Not a rehashing of everything we've all heard before. They should be ashamed. Chris, have you or anyone else been looking into the April 25th hearing in LA where Hillary has to appear regarding the irregularities
in her Senate campaign? I know you are a Hillary supporter but you are also a journalist. I think you should do your job not just push all the "bad things" about Obama. Please be professional and get this reported. Thank you.

Posted by: Sarah | April 17, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

When is that moron going to get off his white pimply a*s and get a job?

Posted by: Mrs. Zouk | April 17, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

bsimon - "Or at least discussion of topics relevant to Presidenting."

I would submit that you got that. There is more to Presidenting than policy points.

Posted by: Dave! | April 17, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

PG - "But to continue to ask him about topics that have already been hashed and rehashed, topics that have nothing to do with the way he will govern as a President, ..."

Aren't most of the policy questions that could have been asked also hashed and rehashed? Are you telling me you don't know enough about Obama's healthcare ideas? How about where he stands on the Iraq war? Part of the reason that people choose a president is due to the kind of person they are. Those questions that were asked in the first 45 minutes help to answer what kind of person Obama is. If it were just about policy, we could vote on a platform, plug the winning platform into a computer and let it take care of things.

Posted by: Dave! | April 17, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

And I am your mistress, Zouk. Kneel before me!

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | April 17, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I am short-sighted and selfish, and both uninterested in and frightened of anything which does not fit comfortably within my extremely narrow view of life and my role in it.

Posted by: kingofzouk | April 17, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Peixie objects "But to continue to ask him about topics that have already been hashed and rehashed..."

Actually, no, as Charlie Gibson pointed out at the beginning, they hadn't hadd a debate since well before all of this Obama/Wright, Obama/Snob-gate, etc occurred. If he was surprised or irritated at having to answer to these questions, then he's not ready for prime time.

Welecome to the big leagues, rookie.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | April 17, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

DAve! asks
" What did you expect? "

I dunno. Perhaps a debate? Or at least discussion of topics relevant to Presidenting.

Posted by: bsimon | April 17, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I don't answer hard questions. I prefer to remain content free.

Posted by: snObama | April 17, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

We Obama supporters have no problems with Obama having to answer questions about topics that actually deal with policy or things that are of importance to the voters. But to continue to ask him about topics that have already been hashed and rehashed, topics that have nothing to do with the way he will govern as a President, topics that are as old as last summer, is just a complete waste of time and the "moderators" should be ashamed of how they moderated that debate.

That wasn't a debate, it was an inquisition.


Posted by: Peixegato | April 17, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

So is the official rebuttal of the Obama campaign on last night's debate "How dare you ask me questions that I have trouble answering!"? Perhaps "Let's shoot the messenger". For all the histrionics going on, people should realize that the questions in the first 45 minutes of the debate were about what has been being discussed in the campaign for the last several weeks. What did you expect? Obama supporters, if you want to blame someone, blame Obama who has been unsuccessful in changing the political discussion. What a bunch of sore losers.

Posted by: Dave! | April 17, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse


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