CNN/Youtube Debate – Desperate Househusbands Vs. Hillary Clinton

 Update III:  Debate Transcript Here

Update II:  Commentator Kostner points to the SurveyUSA instaPoll on Who Won The Debate? Clinton 39%, Obama 15%, Biden 14%, Edwards 10%. On the Question Who Will Be the Best Democratic Candidate? Clinton 43%, Biden 14%, Edwards 13%, Obama 11%</a></p>

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Update:  Obama is going to have some explaining to do on his social security answer as well as his “meet the dictators” answer.  Obama has as one of his advisers Jeffrey Liebman (we’ll have to have a bigger post on Liebman at some later date).   

Let’s see how Big Media reports on what we have just seen. 

Hillary answered the “Dynasty” question brilliantly.  We posted an article on the “Dynasty” issue a while back


If some Big Media reports are to be believed we might be in for a male version episode of the TV show Desperate Housewives. Reports are the desperate campaigns are planning attacks on our plucky Hillary. Let’s call this debate “Desperate HouseHusbands”. Feel free to comment.

For live video from CNN on the internet GO HERE.


First question:  How are you going to be any different/effective?

Dodd: I’m experienced and that matters.  Lists his past legislation.  

Anderson to Obama: You’re inexperienced! 

Obama: Overcome special interests.  Community organizer

Question for Kucinich:  How are you better than Hillary or Obama?

Kuch: Strength through Peace!

Hillary: We are united for Change.  Ripublican leadership a disaster.  I have 35 years of being a change agent.  I work for common ground where we can. 

Obama: We need a change in attitude.  No PAC money.  Attacks special interests. 

Question for Hillary:  How do you define “liberal” and are you a liberal.

Hillary: originally for freedom, for freedom to achieve, stand for the individual against power.  Now the meaning has been mutilated.  I prefer “progressive”.  I am a modern progressive.  Proud, modern progressive. 

Gravel:  Obama takes money from bundlers.  Gravel Attacks Obama. 

Obama:  I pushed law to disclose bundlers. 

Question for Biden:  What Ripublican could you choose as a running mate?

Biden: Chuck Hagel and Dick Lugar.  [Is Biden nuts?]

Edwards: I like Chuck Hagel too.  But big corporate powers will not give up power.  I have fought them all my life. 

VIDEO BREAK FOR DODD: How did he get all that white hair?  answer: by working so hard.

Question on race for Edwards:  Reparations for slavery?

Edwards: No, but there are other things we can do.  Blacks pay more for mortgages lets fight that.  “We can’t trade our insiders for their insiders.” 

Obama: We need reparations like investment in our schools.  High drop out rates. 

Anderson Cooper: Anyone for reparations?

Kucinich: I am.  quotes Bible.  Help poor whites too. 

Question for Dodd: What role did race play in Katrina?

Dodd: Race played a role and that is why the response was such a disaster.

Richardson: There was politics [Anderson Cooper prefaced with a comment to Richardson]  We need a president who cares. 

Question for Hillary and Obama:  How do you address critics on race or feminine?

Obama: Race permeates our society.  Americans want to be fair.  My committment is to education and social welfare. 

Hillary: I am proud to be running as a woman [applause].  I am not running because I am a woman.  I am the most qualified.  What is best for your and your family?  We need experienced leadership.  My election will send a great message.  [Hillary does well with this question]

Edwards: [Anderson asks if you are better than Hillary on women’s issues, like your wife claims?]  I am aggressive on women’s issues.  Wants all candidates to join him in raising minimum wage to $9 plus.  Hillary should be commended for her history, but I have a better one. 

Hillary: I admire Elizabeth Edwards.  I worked on women’s issues all my life.  I spoke out in Beijing.  The Congress should not get a raise until minimum wage is raised.  I have a long history on this issue.  But it is good that we are all arguing about women’s issues and that is good. 

Question: Same sex marriage question from two lesbians. 

Kuchinich:  For same sex marriage. 

Dodd: Let’s treat our children with respect.  I don’t support same sex marriage.

Richardson: What is achievable is best.  Same sex marriage is not achieveable.  No discrimination.

Question for Edwards: Why do you justify discrimination against Gays by quoting the Bible?  [Tough question]

Edwards:  Good question.  I have personal conflict.  I want to end discrimination but….  I personally am on a journey on this question.  My wife supports gay marriage.  I do not. 

Anderson Cooper: Introduces the Reverend (African-American) who asked the question and asks did Edwards answer the Question?

Reverend: No

Cooper to Edwards: Why is religion used to justify discrimination?

Edwards: I won’t use the law to disciminate.

Obama: [Cooper gives racial analogy on discrimination] My belief is the individual denominations determine marriage practices. 

HILLARY VIDEO: Music with issues on index cards.

Question from Darfur:  What action do you commit to?

Richardson: I was at that refugee camp.  UN peacekeepers.  Have China pressure Sudan.  No fly zone might help.  Let’s care about Africa, Asia… those that have been left behind.  [probably Richardson’s best answer at any debate – which is not saying much unfortunately] 

Biden: Yes to U.S. troops.  We can help in Darfur.  I’ve been to that camp. 

Gravel:  Governance question. 

Hillary: We need to start acting not talking.  Divestment in Sudan.  No fly zone.  Support for NATO with U.S. backup.  No U.S. troops.  We need to figure out what to do with our troops in Iraq. 

Anderson Cooper tribute to the troops in Iraq. 

Question: How do we pull out now from Iraq?  Don’t we have a responsibility?

Obama: I opposed this war from the start.  [More rambling.]  No military solution to Iraq.  Iraqi legislature on vacation.  Phased withdrawal.  Diplomacy.  I will do this on day 1 if elected.

Biden: Let’s tell the truth.  It will take 1 year to get all our troops out logistically.  We need political solution.  My solution is divide Iraq into 3 parts.  But begin to withdraw troops now. 

Question: 2006 elections gave Democrats a mandate to get out of Iraq.  Are Democrats playing politics?  Are they afraid of being blamed?

Hillary: Thanks for your families sacrifice.  Since 2006 Democrats have tried to get Ripublican support to start getting our troops out now.  I asked the Pentagon if they had a plan.  The Pentagon replied that I was not patriotic.  Ripublicans need to join us. 

Kucinich:  Dems have failed the American people.  No legislation required. 

Dodd:  Iraq is related to Darfur.

Richardson: Get it done.

Question: Why did you call American lives wasted?

Gravel:  Lives were wasted. 

Obama:  Attacks Hillary.  I was against the war.  [Cooper: but did troops die in vain?]  We need plans to succeed.

Edwards: No, they did not die in vain.  What is going to be done is the right question.  Let’s put pressure on Bush. 

Question: Should women register for the draft?

Dodd: yes. 

Hillary: I’m against a draft but support public service. 

Obama: [Not sure what he said]

Edwards: Introduces his wife in the audience who is with a woman in the military. 

Gravel:  I opposed Vietnam.  Bush should not invade Iran. 

Question: Muslim states think of women as second class citizens.  How will they respect you? 

Hillary: I’ve met with many leaders of Muslim states.  There is no doubt I will be taken seriously [Go Hillary!]  There are many women leaders around the world.  It would be appropriate to have a woman deal with muslim states on behalf of the United States of America. 

Question: Would your meet with leaders from countries such as Libya, Cuba, Syria…?

Obama: Yes.  We met with the Soviet Union.  I would talk with Iran and Syria.  We need to tell them we are not going to be a permanent occupying force. 

Hillary:  I will not promise to meet with these leaders in my first year.  I will not be used for propaganda purposes.  I will use a lot of diplomacy.  But we will not have the U.S. president meet with leaders like Chavez and Castro. 

Edwards:  I will meet with them but Hillary is right that we need to prepare for these meetings so they are not just propaganda. 

Question: What date will all U.S. troops be out of Iraq?  How many family members do you have serving in Iraq?

Dodd:  I served with National Guard.  Several family members.  January 1, 2009 is the date. 

Richardson: I want all the troops out.  I disagree with the Senators here.  There is a civil war, sectarian conflict. 

Biden:  No way to get troops out in 6 months.  What about all the civilians?  We can’t leave them there. 

Hillary:  I put forth a comprehensive 3 point plan to get our troops out.  But Biden is right.  We can move a brigade a month.  That is a lot of months.  but they are not planning for this in the Pentagon.  Bush and the Pentagon are the problem.  We need to get the troops out safely and orderly.  This is complicated so let’s start it now. 

Kucinich:  Send a message to congress.  [Attacks Obama on funding.]



Question: Who was your favorite teacher?

Gravel: A teacher who taught me to speak.

Obama: A teacher who respected my experiences.

Biden: [Bad audio]

Edwards: Ms Burns who made me believe in myself.

VIDEO Question on what appears to be about education?

Richardson: I would scrap No Child Left Behind (NCLB).  The key to a good education is a good teacher.  Minimum wage of $40,000 per year for teachers.  I would have a major federal program for education. 

Biden: NCLB was a mistake.  Ted Kennedy was for it so I voted for it.  My wife is a teacher and reports NCLB is not working.

Question: Public or private school for your children?

Anderson accuses Hillary and Edwards of sending their children to private schools

Edwards:  My children went to public schools.

Hillary: Chelsea went to Public School until 8th grade.  In D.C. for security reasons Chelsea had to go to private school. 

Obama: We need better schools. 

Biden: My wife and daugher were killed and grew up with my sister who sent them to Catholic school.

Kucinich: Public schools

Gravel: we need competition in education.

Dodd:  Public schools. Education is most important issue.  I would not scrap NCLB entirely.

Question:  Planned parenthood: have you provided your children with sex education?

Edwards:  Yes.  Our young children educated on sex predators. 

Obama: Romney attacked me for proposing the same type of sex education about predators as Romney did. 

Question for all:  Al Gore (funny video)

Biden: Jokes about video.

Question: Global warming?

Kucinich: Global warming connected to global warring. 

Question: Alternative energy: How will U.S. decrease energy consumption? 

Gravel:  Change the tax structure.  Advocates [looney toons] flat tax.

Dodd:  50 mile per gallon standard.  Hybrid cars.  Corporate carbon tax. 

Anderson Cooper:  How many of you took corporate or jets to get here? (Gavel took the train)

Question:  Nuclear power? 

Edwards:  No to nuclear power.  Extremely costly.  How to dispose of nuclear waste.  We should not liquify coal (a slap at Obama). 

Obama:  Yes, lets explore nuclear power.  caps on greenhouse gases.  [Kumbaya moment]  We need to put national interests ahead of special interests. 

Hillary:  I proposed a strategic energy fund.  We can solve these problems.  Fuel efficiency.  Agnostic on nuclear power.  Maybe American ingenuity will help. 

Question: Voting Integrity.  Standardize voting machines. 

Richardson:  I am for Verified Paper Trails.  Stop Ripublicans from suppressing minority voters.  [Good Richardson answer]

BIDEN VIDEO (pushing his experience)


Question:  Will you work as president for the minimum wage?

Gravel:  Yes.

Dodd: No

Hillary: sure

Obama: We can work for minimum wage most Americans can’t. 

Biden:  I don’t have as much money as Obama, so no.

Kucinich: yes

Question: Social Security caps question. 

Dodd:  Big problem

Obama:  [Stumbles, talks about solution not the question]

Question: U.S. is going broke. 

Richardson: Stop raiding the Social Security system. 

Question: Taxes

Biden: Change tax structure.  Cut tax breaks.

Question: Will taxes rise if Democrats get in office?

Kucinich: Strength through peace again. 

Question:  Several Healthcare videos. 

Cooper to Obama:  Your plan is not universal.

Obama: It is universal.  Talks about his mother’s cancer.  We’ve had plans before.  Drug insurance companies will fight.  [Obama just dumped his entire campaign message.]

Edwards: I have a plan then Obama came out with one but Obama’s plan is not universal.  I went on a poverty tour last week.  Things are bad

Hillary:  Thanks for your testimony.  I have scars from fighting for healthcare.  We need a sense of national committment.  Insurance companies will fight. 

Question:  Does your healthcare plan cover undocumented workers?

Dodd:  We should all be able to answer these healthcare questions.  I would cover undocumented workers.

Richardson:  All should be covered.  Get rid of junk food in schools. 

Question:  To Hillary:  the Dynasty question

Hillary:  I think it was a problem that Bush was elected in 2000.  [Yay Hillary]  I think someone else was elected in that election [Yay Hillary again].  Anyone of us would be better than the Ripublican.  I will make my case on the merits. 

Gravel:  Clintons and DLC sold out the Dem party.  Look at all the money Hillary, Obama and Edwards are raising. 

Obama:  We see cynics on how to change the country.  How to overcome special interests. 

Question: What does “In God We Trust” mean to you?

Biden:  It informs my decision making process.  I am religious and also use reason.

Question:  Atheist question.  And paying too much attention to evangelicals.

Edwards:  My faith is important to me. 

Obama: I believe in the separation of church and state.  This helps the church and the state. 

Question:  Gun Control?

Richardson:  Instant background checks are the answer.  Attack poverty.  Stop gun violence. 

Biden:  “If that’s his baby, he needs help.”  [courageous answer by Biden]


Question:  Look to candidate to your left and what is it you like and dislike about this person?

Gravel: I like Dodd’s dad.  But follow the money.

Dodd: I like him and his wife.

Edwards: I like what Hillary and Bill did for America.  I don’t like her coat.

Hillary: I like Barack and all the candidates but all these candidates are good candidates.

Obama: I like Hillary’s jacket.  I like Richardson’s public service but not his baseball team choices.

Richardson: I like them all and especially for my Vice Presidents.  Biden has distinguished career.  Biden will make excellent Secretary of State.

Biden: I like Kucinich’s wife. 

Kuchinich: Gravel showed great courage during the Vietnam debate. 



69 thoughts on “CNN/Youtube Debate – Desperate Househusbands Vs. Hillary Clinton

  1. Loved it too, I watch the opinion tube on cnn streaming, I think Hillary has to work to win them over, for now they are aren’t sjowing much support.

    But we know she can do it!!

  2. did anybody see obama’s face after the hillary utube video just aired before the commercial? he was frowning looking down. priceless!!!

  3. Anderson Cooper gave lots of time to the issue of same sex equality in marriage laws.

    Obama seems to be answering questions a bit better but still rambles at the end of every question.

    Edwards is trying hard to be tough but is still having a hard time.

    Richardson is doing better, no?

    Anyone else agree on Richardson or is he still doing badly?

  4. hillary doing well and obama i have to admit doing a bit better than the other debates so far. dodd also better.

  5. kostner, I agree. She’s definitely getting better as the debate goes on. BTW, any one else tired of Obama saying, “I was against this war from the start”?

    If I hear that one more time I think I’ll scream!

  6. I thought the best moment so far was when Obama promised he would willy nilly go and talk to the leaders of Iran, North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela and Hillary said that she thought it would be better to send out high level emissaries first. She just sounded presidential, and Obama, callow.

  7. I loved Hillarys passionate answer to the man asking the question now, you could see her compassion and sincerity. Good answer.

  8. Agree DCDemocrat. Obama thought he had a good answer but Hillary immediately showed how an experienced diplomat answers.

  9. Biden is still angry. No one seems to listening to him. Americans don’t want to supervise three zones in iraq when then can’t
    offer adequate logistics for the country as a whole.

  10. Obama is a complete Junior, all his foreign policy talk is through exam preparation class. So shallow.

    More and more people on dailykos are impressed with Hillary, just one example.

    Edwards has been my candidate so far. But Hillary is beginning to impress me a lot. She’s good, she’s loosening up, and she’s beginning to kick ass, and not just in debates. I have a growing feeling that she’s the only one who can really take the fight up to the rethugs and all their dirty tricks.

  11. This is completely irrelevant, but my roommate saw Edwards and wondered if he was wearing a toupee, lol.

  12. I just went over to Big Orange. The Kossacks are of a mind that Hillary is in command in this debate. Some of them admit it only grudgingly, but no one disputes it.

  13. Obama will be great one day. His arrogance to do this when he is not ready for prime time is very disturbing.

  14. Paula: The web site’s color always has been orange, and it is the biggest political blog on the web.

  15. Have to Admit: Hillary (27+ / 0-)
    I’m an Obama supporter (with Gore in my heart), but holy crap is Hillary good at this.

    She’s a fracking pro, I don’t know how anyone could watch this and say otherwise

    I’m an Obama guy, too, but I have to admit Hillary is a danged good candidate and the “pick of the litter

    I’ll give her credit … (2+ / 0-)
    she knows when to grab the wheel after an idiotic question.

  16. if hillary is doing great in the debate according to daily kos then she is winning by a landslide outside the netroots. GO HILLARY GO!!!!

  17. Politico’s take on the meeting other presidents:

    “Obama promises to meet Castro, Chavez, Kim and other dictators in his first year in office.

    Clinton refuses to promise, and takes the opportunity to school him:

    “It is not that you promise a meeting at that high a level until you know what the intentions are…I do not want to be used for propaganda purposes,” she says. “We’re not just going to have our president meet with Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez….until we know what the way forward would be.”

  18. DCDemocrat,

    You’re absolutely right. Even the most anti-Hillary site claims she’s a winner.

    I think Edwards is doing better as well.

    Obama is a complete empty suit, no substance, long winded answer. I really don’t understand what qualifies him to run for president?

  19. admin,

    Yeah, that’s a standout answer. I hope pundits will pick up this to contrast their difference.

  20. I’ll bet Hillary’s response to that dynasty question will be the one they show on the networks.

  21. I have to confess that Obama’s position on religion is well-reasoned, and I agree with it. I wonder why he is so inarticulate tonight.

  22. I can’t believe I’m liking her so much.

    “Universal healthcare is an american value. we have to quit being told that we can’t do what most other developed countries do… provide decency and respect to every single person”

    she also thanked the people that sent personal videos, saying she understood how difficult it is to go public about Alzheimers/breast cancer/diabetes etc.

    by KimD on Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 05:44:52 PM PDT

    Hillary – “It’s a national disgrace” by KimD, Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 05:44:52 PM PDT (10+ / 0-)
    I think she’s closed the sale with me. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by: masslib
    I have a Gore ’08 sticker on my car, but I’ve about given up on my hopes that he’ll run. And now I’m starting to get excited by Hillary. She will pummel whoever the Republicans nominate in the debates.

  23. A pretty amusing quote from freerepublic, the notorious right winguts la la land…

    To: Jet Jaguar
    Why do I get the feeling that Hillary knows the question before it’s asked? She’s just a little too quick with her responses

  24. David Gergen just said Hillary keeps showing what a superior candidate she is and that these debates are really beginning to help her. We’ll try to get a transcript of his complete remarks.

  25. I hate those mindless unscientific focus group. It’s a bunch of loonies. Stupid format to digest a debate performance. You do a scientific poll. It’s silly to ask a bunch of ‘unscientific’ folks to raise their hands. Meaningless.

  26. Kucinich makes me nervous. Every time he smiled big, I was afraid his false teeth were going to fall out onto the podium..He is a very strange looking individual.

  27. Survey USA:
    Regardless of who you may vote for, which Democrat won tonight’s debate?
    Hillary 39%
    Obama 15%
    Biden 14%
    Edwards 10%
    Not sure 9%
    Richardson 4%

    Regardless of who you may vote for, and regardless of whether or not you would vote for a Democratic candidate for President, which Democratic candidate would make the best President of the United States?
    Hillary 43%
    Biden 14%
    Edwards 13%
    Obama 11%

  28. Obama improved, in the sense that he rambled less, but I continue to be perplexed by his claim that he is best positioned to “unify,” etc etc. Based on what? He reminds me of a little girl who smears on her mom’s lipstick and stamps around the house in oversized shoes claiming to be all grown up.

  29. Hillary is so damn good! She kills it every time! The loony focus group put her 4th – are you kidding me? She is so in command. One pundit said it looked like “Gladys Knight and the Pips”, which was spot on! Obama is clueless! I cringe to think of this guy in the White House..he’s so not ready for prime time. He knows zip on foreign policy. Hillary talked in military details about redeployment, and looks so comfortable – she could field any question! I wanted to see more of her…and get Gravel out of there…he’s a nutcase!! Edwards’ lame comment on Hillary’s jacket was so awkward. This guy should never joke, he can’t pull it off. Hillary beat the pretty boys without a problem!

  30. Yeah, I agree. I suppose it was kind of funny when he made the joke about her jacket, but at the same time it felt weird/awkward.
    Especially after recent talks of her cleavage and earlier talks of a lot of focus on her hair and clothes rather than what she is saying/doing.

    And also strange considering all the debacle regarding his hair, seemed odd, but as always she was graceful and laughed along with it.

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