The Ohio Debate Part 3

6:40

Senator Clinton is definitely looking like a candidate fighting to return to the race. She has criticized Senator Obama for his stance to take action in Pakistan and negotiate without conditions with leaders of dangerous nations. There’s probably more of this to come tonight, and although the fights have calmed down since the health care dust-up earlier, it might get ugly.

6:45

Actually, there seem to be two fights on the stage tonight – one between Clinton and Obama, and the other between the candidates and the moderators. Clinton has criticized Russert and Williams for bias toward Senator Obama and for using hypothetical questions during the debate. Not only that, each time the moderators try to move on to another topic, the candidates become like a dog being dragged to the vet’s office – they just don’t want to keep going. Obama wants to respond to Clinton’s criticism, Clinton wants to respond to Obama’s criticism, and Brian Williams has to basically fight the candidates in order to get to a new topic or commercial break.

Speaking of commercial breaks, I’ll use this timeout to indulge in the fuel of bloggers everywhere: leftover pizza and Red Bull… oh yeah!

7:00

A tough question to Senator Obama about whether or not he will accept public financing in the general election, if Senator John McCain does. Obama said before the campaign began that he would, but has been less definitive about it since he gained front-runner status. His response was anything but explicit, saying that if he becomes the nominee, he will “sit down” with John McCain and work something out. Obama chose instead to emphasize the number of donors and size of donations, while leaving the door open to negotiations with McCain. Clinton also faced a stiff question on her loan of $5 million to her campaign, and she was very hesitant about releasing information on her campaign, saying she would “as others” do so.

7:10

Senator Obama disregarded the recent support of Minister Lewis Farrakhan. Some might think that Obama’s description of Farrakhan as anti-Semitic might cost him in terms of support from African-Americans, but I just don’t think the Farrakhan commands that attention. He is still a lightning rod in politics (made obvious by his mention in the debate), but I think Minister Farrakhan doesn’t pull the weight he used to.

–Nico Savidge

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