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Obama Seizes an Opportunity

Often, the candidate who winds up "winning" a debate is the one who is able to take advantage of an opportunity.

So, when CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked the candidates to raise their hands if they thought English should be the official language of the United States, former Sen. Mike Gravel (D-Alaska) was the lone person to raise his hand. But Sen. Obama jumped in after Gravel explained himself.

"This is the kind of question that is designed precisely to divide us," said Obama -- calling it a "disservice."

It drew loud applause and was in keeping with his broader theme of running a different kind of campaign.

-- Chris Cillizza

VIDEO | (Courtesy CNN)

By Editors  |  June 3, 2007; 7:41 PM ET
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Maybe someone should create a website to post stupid questions for the MSM to ask candidates. Along w/ English as the official language question, maybe the MSM should ask candidates whether we should have a Constitional amendment to have all citizens circumcised.

Posted by: Stuart | June 3, 2007 9:14 PM | Report abuse

I doubt it is intentional, but Gravel is doing a lot of good for Obama in this debate. And I agree Obama was smart to take this opportunity.

Posted by: DTM | June 3, 2007 7:54 PM | Report abuse

The CNN producer who thought the "raise your hand" format would be helpful to voters should be fired.

We're voting for president, not Ms. America.

Posted by: Gem | June 3, 2007 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I am a uniter, so those of you who disagree with me, sit down and shut up.

Posted by: Uniter | June 3, 2007 7:45 PM | Report abuse

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