Jan 21, 2008

Debate! Debate! 2

Clinton talks about health care. I'm falling asleep.

Obama running for those moderate voters in opposing a mandate for health insurance in his health plan. Edwards and Clinton include mandates in theirs.

Edwards is Obama's worst enemy in this debate. He's cutting sharply and Obama is talking broadly. Clinton then springboards off the Edwards' criticism, finding opportunities to jam home her talking points.

Obama needs to learn to be mean. He made reasonable points about his health care plan but fails to make the most salient one: universal, mandated health care will not pass.

Do you want to win the Iraq war or end it?

Clinton says she wants to bring our troops home and then takes credit for any hastening of government reform in Iraq by saying officials there know she's going to be the next president.

Edwards sets his timetable for withdrawal. Obama uses the question to make a point about the national economy (money spent there is money wasted here).

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