I know this is a little late as the Republican and Democratic debates in Manchester, New Hampshire were last night.
But I missed the Republican debate and half the Democratic one because our satellite was down due to the rainstorms in California and the programs did not record correctly. We caught the second half of the Democratic debate and I relied on New Hampshire’s WMUR’s website for the best parts of the two debates. Trust me, perusing these clips is worth the time!
For the Republican side, check out the repeated attacks against Mitt Romney — hilarious! — and this lively exchange on illegal immigration. Rudy Giuliani actually sounds the most reasonable on this issue in stating the obvious that you can’t physically kick out 12 million people in the country and it is inhumane to not give people in this country health care and children access to education. But I can’t help but think the Repubs have scared off Latinos for life in arguing amongst themselves on who has the cruelest policy. (Kick them out! No health care for them! Other hysteria!)
The Republican candidates were also asked what they thought of Sen. Barack Obama who crushed all of them in Iowa. First, Giuliani, Gov. Mike Huckabee and Rep. Ron Paul’s reactions to the surging senator from Illinois. Here are Romney, Fred Thompson, and Sen. John McCain’s reaction to Obama.
From what I saw, John Edwards was the winner on the Democratic side. He delivered on an emotional level — continuously stating his candidacy was for the working class and “personal” — on style and on substance. Gov. Bill Richardson did very well too — pointing out he is the only candidate on the stage that has executive experience and has balanced budgets — which made me so proud to be a Latina. My husband and I are thinking he has an anglo enough name to be vice president if he is not the presidential nominee! (Oh please, pretty please.)
Both Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton ran as frontrunners and did not deliver any memorable lines. All four candidates did a good job running a civil discussion and differentiating the Democratic Party from the Republicans. Indeed, I am proud of our field this year. What a tough, tough decision!
Did any of you catch the debate last night? What did you think?