Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Clinton/Obama, round two

The Clinton and Obama campaigns carry the debate into a second day; she says he was “irresponsible and, frankly, naïve” to agree to meet without preconditions with Ahmadinejad, Castro, Chavez, et al. during his first year in office. He says it’s a “fabricated controversy,” adding, “I didn’t say these guys were going to come over for a cup of coffee some afternoon.”

Both candidates’ answers in the debate were intended to score points against the Bush Administration’s diplomatic record. But Clinton’s answer, sharply focused on the general election, reflected the concept of preparing a presidential summit, while Obama’s did not. And the question and Obama’s answer were so clear that his efforts to explain what he really said don’t ring true.

Hillary 1, Barack 0.


Anonymous said...

This is hot on the heels of Bambi's remark that stopping genocide isn't enough reason for the U.S. to intervene militarily overseas. .. and he's heading to South Florida! Pass the popcorn!

Anonymous said...

Hillary certainly scored but not based on the original Obama's position but on his lack of imagination and "audacity" when it came to stand on what he originally said. He lost a wonderful opportunity to make a difference.

leftside said...

Pollsters say Obama won that debate from Hillary. Hillary was the one who was flip-flopping, as she had previously criticized the President for not talking to leaders. When she gets put on the defensive, she is not afraid to attack. Talking to a leader is not a sign of weakness or naive, but must be done with careful consideration. That is all Obama was saying. I don't see at all how we backtracked. He simply clarified his position like all candidates do all day long.