Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Last nights debate echoed again another 90 minutes of detailed policy position
highlighting most of what has already been said in previous debates between
Senator Hillary Clinton (D-N-Y) and Barack Obama (D-ILL).

There was nothing new to be added that could be said was a knock out punch
by either candidate.

But enough is enough and the debates should end. 20 have been done thus far
and now the voters have to choose.

On the negative side of things a picture of Senator Obama wearing traditional
Somalian dress was published this week, reportedly from someone inside the Clinton Campaign obviously used to smear the candidates image an stir up
fears of extremism post 911 among voters is another cheap shot and shows
the desperation as we wind down to who will be the chosen candidate for the
November Elections.

Things did get a little tense when Clinton was asked, when she would release her tax returns so folks could see how her campaign was being financed. She said, donations were the main source, but she would release them in the near future - nothing firm.

Obama has already turned over his tax returns, so he got a pass on that question. But he was asked if he would be sticking to his pledge for a “publicly financed campaign” if he received the nomination. He didn’t commit one way or the other, and said, if he gets the nomination, he’ll sit down with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and work out what’s “fair” for both candidates.

But juggling words really became important when the Illinois senator was asked about the recent announcement by Nation of Islam leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan he supported Obama’s candidacy. Obama said, he “denounced” Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic comments and in no way supports the views of the outspoken Farrakhan.

Clinton echoed in about a similar endorsement she received during her senate race from an anti-Semitic group in New York, citing that she “rejected” their support.

“If Senator Clinton feels that ‘reject’ is stronger than the word ‘denounce,’ then I’m happy to concede the point, and I would reject and denounce” Farrakhan’s support,” Obama said.

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