Did anyone watch the Democratic debates last night at Howard University?

@filmbuff (2909)
United States
June 29, 2007 11:00am CST
I saw the debates on PBS and they were kind of interesting. Most of the candidates were pandering to the mostly black audience (which is what politicians do) but I did hear some things that I liked. Gravel was funny. I like his stance on the Drug War, and well most of what he said. But having him stand up and attack everyone in his own party will not help him get elected. I doubt the American public will go for someone who can't play well with others. Hilary by far got the loudest and most appluase which is surprising considering that Obama is black and proclaimed himself a child of the Civil Rights movement. Considering the audience I expected him to do far better. He needs a few more years to perfect his shtick me thinks. Dennis Kusinch I liked as well. He is very smart and has a lot of great ideas. He is however frail and doesn't seem very "Presidential." Biden on the other seems both smart and Presidential, but like the rest they are trailing so far behind Clinton, Obama and Edward that they will need Richard Dean moment from their competion to gain any ground. On the subject of Edwards, he is smooth as ever and I mean that in a good way. I still like the guy, but I doubt he has any hope. The canadates did for the most part agree on the following topics: Ending the War in Iraq. Repeaing the Bush tax cuts to wealthy, and instead giving tax cuts to the middle class. Rebulding New Orleans and putting fema directly under the Presdent again. Universal Healthcare for everyone Education for everyone. Stopping the genocide in Darfour. So what are your thoughts on the debates, the candadates, or the issues themselves? Btw I'm still pulling for Ron Paul...
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@kamran12 (5556)
• Pakistan
29 Jun 07
Hello, filmbuff!:-) I didn't see the debate but I'll surely read the contents from online and will come back if I have any more thing to say. I just stopped by to say that, I really liked the diplomatic way you presented each candidate, praising everybody on the list:-) It makes you no less capable than other candidates,LOL. since politics has reduced to rhetoric for the most part, so you just fit in quite well. If I were an American, I would probably agree on almost all the points you presented as their agreed upon points. but then, there is always more conflict on how to do the things than what to do:-) Well done filmbuff! for your presentation:-)
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
29 Jun 07
Help me raise 100 Million by 2010 and I run in 2012. :)
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@kamran12 (5556)
• Pakistan
30 Jun 07
I'll be glad to nominate you my secretary of state, filmbuff!:-) If I could gather that much amount;-). By the way, I can't debate much about candidates at the moment. Usually I get to study possible presidential personalities a little before the start of active campaign. I do know some of them though. If you want to discuss the issues, however, both for and against then probably it will need many other separate discussions!? what do you think? If you think they can be discussed here, then we will:-)
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• United States
29 Jun 07
Keep an eye on Gravel, he is pro-rfid. I'm not even going there with Hillary... Edward is out, there's no way he'll get voted in after that stunt he pulled with the $400 haircut after telling citizens to tighten their belts and cut down on consuming and spending. Obama...not sure about him yet, I feel leery of him but it's more a feeling than anything, so I can't really make a concrete opinion on him at this time. I've not seen or heard anything on Biden or Dean, and get the feeling they are the democratic equivalents to the Republicans' Thompson and Thompson...nothing more than distractions and extras to make competition appear a little beefier...IMO. Just so people are aware, I'm not a Republican or a Democrat, tho I come from a long line of die-hard democrats, I am neither and refuse to label myself or choose a candidate bases on anything other than their own merit. ...and I, too am pulling for Ron Paul.
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
29 Jun 07
Have to agree with you for the most part. I did like Kunsinch though, he would make a good president but I really think Hilary Clinton has the Democratic Ticket locked up. Which is bad because I don't think she will get elected. On gravel, he's a straight shooter but I can't help but wonder who put him up to trashing everyone. He was great comic relief though. Btw what is rfid that Gravel is in favor of?
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• United States
29 Jun 07
The Real Federal ID, the microchip ID that would contain one's entire life history. Type it into any search box. Last I heard, 2 states are already opposing it hot and heavy.
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
30 Jun 07
Thanks for the clarification.
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@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
30 Jun 07
I did view the highlights, filmbuff, and was very impressed with Hillary. She has upgraded her image and seems to be toning down some of the shrill quality that would turn voters off. I, like you, don't think that Obama is quite ready. He does not have the experience it takes yet. I liked Edwards, but I don't see him getting the nomination. Kuchinich is popular in some circles, but doesn't have the star power. I have heard a lot about Ron Paul, but have not made up my mind about him. I think that Hillary will be a shoo-in.
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
30 Jun 07
I agree with you, I think Hilary has the democratic nomination locked up. I'm just not sure she can actually win the presidency because there are so many that just plain don't like or trust her. I'm afraid of who will win the Republican nomination....