Democrats Debating

  1. Psst . . . Democrats Debating Tonight

    entire article: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/03/op...03SAT3.html?th

    Political junkies may have been wondering during the Iraq war whatever became of those nine Democrats who went off to run for president? Well, they are still campaigning, even if it is 18 months until the election. What is more, they have an actual debate scheduled tonight in South Carolina that unfortunately seems to be as much a national mystery as whether Saddam Hussein is dead or alive. Sponsored by ABC News, the debate has been embargoed, with no live coverage except-where else?-on a cable channel inside the Washington Beltway, where the campaign ruling class regularly vets reality for the rest of us.

    The Democrats largely stayed under cover as the president's prestige grew during the war. That tactic only increases their obligation to offer specific issues and proposals rather than platitudes or scene-stealing attacks on their party rivals. The candidates' ideas are awaited on reconstructing Iraq and repairing the wobbly state of international relations left by the Bush administration's initiatives.

    Voters taking the trouble to track down the debaters this weekend are entitled to clear answers
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    I'm also curious as to what they have to say.
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  2. 22 Comments

  3. by   Furball
    I'll have to tape it...working tonight. Thanks for the head's up! I knew it was soon...didn't realize it was scheduled TONIGHT.
  4. by   Mkue
    Give us your opinion after you view it, thanks Furball !
  5. by   Furball
    Sure will! Looking forward to hearing others opinions as well.
  6. by   Mkue
    South Carolina Takes Spotlight in Democrats' Race for 2004
    By ADAM NAGOURNEY

    COLUMBIA, S.C., May 2-Forget Iowa and New Hampshire. South Carolina has become the hot new early primary state for the Democratic Party. Voters here are bracing for what may be the most contested, and potentially influential, Democratic presidential primary the state has seen in years.

    The importance of South Carolina could recast how the party selects its nominee, by effectively addressing what has long been a concern of many Democrats..

    But South Carolina is the one state where every major candidate is in for the hunt.


    entire article: www.nytimes.com/2003/05/03/politics/03DEMS.html

    9 contenders according to this article.
  7. by   Furball
    I'm in Edward's country...North Carolina.
  8. by   VickyRN
    I don't want to be ugly, but "BORING"!!!! is all that comes to mind. I'm in John Edwards "country," too, and despite his "boyish" good looks and down-home "charm," don't forget that he is a personal injury lawyer..... None of them is much to write home about. JMHO
  9. by   Furball
    I want to like Edwards because I like his history....self made. I thought Lieberman was the strongest candidate based on what I've seen so far of the debate. Still haven't watched all of it.

    My first thought was "My....what a motley crew!" lol

    A Jewish, hawkish president would sure make the international scene even more dizzying, doncha think?
  10. by   Mkue
    9 Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Meet in Televised Debate
    VOA News
    04 May 2003, 07:04 UTC

    Nine U.S. Democratic Party presidential hopefuls focused mostly on domestic policy issues late Saturday in the first debate of the 2004 campaign.

    The 90-minute forum in South Carolina was intended to give voters a better picture of Democratic challengers to President George w. Bush in next year's election. There is no clear front-runner for the Democratic Party nomination for president.
    http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?o...812FD0B6E6FF27

    I didn't see the debate but I'm finding some articles about it. I really don't know much about the challengers yet.
  11. by   Mkue
    Anyone have a favorite candidate yet?
  12. by   pickledpepperRN
    mkue

    "So far I don't know anything about the new crooks, haven't seen any platforms, maybe it's too early. "

    Quoting your other post:
    I listened to the debates and heard some interviews. Sceptical about the ideas I like. Even Al Sharpton seemed calm and moderate.
    I have a very hard time trusting politicians and hospital administrators.

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    Last edit by pickledpepperRN on May 13, '03
  13. by   Furball
    It's early in the race, and I don't agree with everything he says but I'm leaning towards Lieberman. A lot can change in 18 months!
  14. by   Mkue
    I guess it is kind of early and a lot can change.

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