Clinton Achieves a Draw

A key debate, especially from the perspective of Senator Hillary Clinton, while testy at times, offered no knockout punch by either candidate. With Senator Obama leading and pulling away in some polls this debate was vital for Senator Clinton. An interesting analysis was offered by Newsweeks Howard Fineman, who compared the debate to the legendary ring battles between Joe Frazier and Muhammed Ali. Read the Fineman article here. I have attached a clip where Tim Russert homes in on the candidates over their positions on NAFTA.

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3 Responses to Clinton Achieves a Draw

  1. Jules Gordon says:

    Your Honor,
    I always wonder who define the winner in a debate.

    I don’t think you can declare a winner until you have achieved something;
    1. Have minds been changed?
    2. Have adherents solidfied there feeling toward a favorite candidate?

    I guess you would have to do a before and after after poll to answer these questions.

    Mr. Fineman’s opinion is, after all, Mr. Fineman’s opinion, nothing else.

    This is true for candidates of any party in a debate.



  2. Bill Manzi says:

    No doubt it is all truly subjective. My viewpoint was that with Senator Clinton somewhat behind she needed to do more than Senator Obama. My thought was that she did well, but failed to dent the other candidate. A draw is a victory for Obama. But I do agree that it is in the eye of the beholder.


  3. Jules Gordon says:

    Your Honor,

    These News Events are not debates.

    Better, would have no journalist as moderator. In fact, no professional journalist at all.

    Candidates agree on broad issue debates. For instance a domestic issue debate or a diplomatic issue debate.

    A list of issues would be agreed upon and the participants would give an introductory presentation and there would be back and forth ddebating. Debater would quetion each other.

    Let the journalists listen and re-learn how to “report the news”.



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