Update: Added Bolding to Hillary’s answer on Obama’s blunder answer on Pakistan. “Think Big” but watch your mouth, was one tough answer.
Chris Matthews show reviews: Pat Buchanan says Hillary won the debate. Willie Brown says Hillary did what she had to do. They think Obama did well because he had a hometown advantage. Edwards is getting trashed by all. Edwards called small by Matthews. Buchanan loved the “I’m Your Girl” line by Hillary.
Good reviews by all regarding Hillary.
Obama’s home town advantage fizzled.
Q to Richardson, Job description for your VP
Richardson: not Cheney
Q to Clinton on lobbyists
Clinton: we need reform in Washington, get rid of contracting out of government jobs. I fought the drug companies and special interests.
Q to Obama: You got lobbyist money and bundlers
Obama: no federal lobbyist money. The reason I am in politics is for people
Q to Edwards: how is lawyer money different from lobbyist money?
Edwards: Lawyers don’t bribe juries. Lobbyists bribe congress.
Q to Biden, Would you appoint a Ripublican to your cabinet?
Biden: Maybe. We need more than 50% to make change.
Q to Dodd: Was Homeland Security Dept a good idea?
Dodd: No. It’s too large. We are not safer. Iraq is not safer.
Q to Kucinich: what have you accomplished in congress this session?
Kucinich: I’ve written bills. The Dem Congress has not kept its promise to bring the troops home.
Q to Obama: Would you honor Barry Bonds at White House?
Obama: He still needs to hit one more. Barry Bond is a remarkable baseball player.
KO: Is that a No or a Yes?
KO to Clinton on Katrina recovery
Clinton: Put someone in charge responsible to the president who knows what they are doing.
KO to Biden: Would you stop No Bid contracts
KO to All: In 455 days the election will be over and the next race will start immediately thereafter. Does this trouble you?
Obama: Campaigns last too long. Washington insiders. Bush is a disaster. Mobilize Americans to bring change. Change from bottom up.
Biden: Would not bother me because I will do a good job. The bad job by Bush is what is causing this. Next president will not have a margin of error.
Clinton: I will be so busy I will not worry. I will do healthcare, energy independence, education. There is so much work to do I will not worry. Bring your brooms to Washington.
Dodd: This campaign began early because people care and are frustrated. The frustration is from the bottom up. I agree with Hillary and Joe on this.
Edwards: It is too long. Publically finance our campaigns. Let’s stand up to drug companies.
Kucinich: I will come from behind and no one will run against me.
Union Q: We need healthcare.
Kucinich: I have a plan for universal health care.
KO gives Edwards a response opportunity.
Edwards: I have been walking the picket lines.
KO: but you are from a right to work state.
Biden: can’t make it out
Union Q what policies to make business invest in energy efficient technology.
Dodd: Americans should have good health care plan. 80% reduction of CO2. Better gas mileage. Tax polluters.
Union Q to Clinton, what changes to No Child Left Behind
Clinton: I supported funding for green economy. No Child Left Behind was an unfunded mandate. We need growth models for students. Tests are not enough.
Union Q: Why is my active reserve daughter forced to buy her own equipment?
Dodd: I’ve written legislation to protect our troops but Ripublicans have stopped it.
Union Q to Edwards: I lost a third of my pension and health care. I can’t afford to pay for my wife’s health care. What can you do?
Edwards: Bless you. Pensions of CEOs should be like workers pensions. I will explain the importance of labor. Who’s been with you? I’ve been there for you.
Union Q to Clinton: On pensions
Hillary: These are snapshots of what is wrong. We need to protect pensions. Protect Social Security. Bush won’t enforce the laws. I will care about labor. I will sign the employee free choice act. We will rebuild the manufacturing sector. I will take this comittment to the White House.
Union Q to Obama on undocumented workers.
Obama: We can be a nation of laws and immigrants. Comprehensive immigration reform. Employers must be held accountable. Must have an earned pathway to citizenship. Go to the back of the line. I was a community organizer.
Union Q to Biden on Healthcare.
Biden: I spent a lot of time in a hospital. We need 100,000 new nurses. Insure every child. For 24 years I walked picket lines with you.
Union member question (Sago mine survivor), Bush has failed workers by rolling back work place protection. What will you do?
Biden: My heart goes out to you. What you heard about Pakistan earlier is wrong.
Union Q, we want to start a union at Resurrection Hospital. How will you help those of us who want to form a union?
Kucinich: I am a union member. Will be a union president.
Union Q, after serving in armed forces I lost my job when I came back. What about manufacturing jobs.
Richardson: protect pensions, job protection. As Iraqi war veteran I will also fully fund medical treatment for veterans.
Q to Richardson on Iraq if Al Qaeda takes over. Richardson: let’s get out then focus on what needs to be done.
Same Q to Obama: A phased redeployment. Troops in the region. Focus on Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Biden: I have a detailed plan to get out. Create 3 regions. Let’s talk truth.
Clinton: Redeploy responsibly. Put pressure on Iraqi government. Diplomacy. We need to keep focused on Al Qaeda.
Dodd: Let’s thank our troops. They have not failed, our policy has. Diplomacy.
Edwards: Get 50,000 troops out. Then diplomacy. Genocide must be prepared for.
Kucinich: Get out now.
KO to Obama: Why did it take so long to find out how you would vote on the supplemental? Obama: We need to be orderly. Hoped Ripublicans to join us but not enough have joined us. Only way to stop Iraq war is to get Ripublican help.
Same to Clinton: This is Bush’s war. But these are our sons and daughters fighting. I do not want to undercut them. But the only way to get the message across to George Bush is to vote how I did. We need to force George Bush to end the war.
Q to Dodd: You called Obama confusing and confused on Pakistan, Why? Dodd: We have to be careful. It is irresponsible to suggest we will invade Pakistan. Obama was wrong. We need to be careful with our language.
Obama responds: I find it amusing to be criticized – to Dodd: you did not read my speech. If we have actionable intelligence we need to act.
Clinton responds: I do not believe we should engage in hypotheticals. It is a mistake to destablize Pakistan. Pakistan has nuclear weapons. Think big but don’t say everything you think. Crowd Boos.
Dodd: I said I made a mistake on Iraq vote, you made a mistake on Pakistan and you should say so too.
Obama: I did not say that. I said something else.
BREAK: Hillary lovely in Pink and Black.
Edwards: 2 million toys imported to U.S. from China.
Kucinich: We dug a hole to China.
Q to Clinton: Response? I’m not here to get in fights with Democrats. I want a united Democratic Party. If you want a winner that knows how to take the right wing on – I’m your Girl!
Q to Obama: Don’t Americans like cheaper goods? Obama: Americans want jobs not cheap T-shirts. Who does the president negotiate for? People or corporations? Congress listening to special interests is a problem.
Q to Richardson: Is China an ally or adversary? Richardson: We have to get tougher with China. On trade and Darfur.
Same Q to Obama. Obama: enforce trade agreements. Chinese are our bankers. A competitor.
Biden: They hold a mortgage on us. We are in debt by a trillion dollars to China.
Clinton: Amen to Biden. We had a surplus, George Bush is paying with a credit card. Tougher standards on what China exports to U.S.
Dodd: A competitor getting close to adversary.
Q to Obama: You voted to subsidize this stadium, were you right? Obama: yes.
Q to Richardson: Sell the toll roads? Privatize? Richardson: No. Let’s finance infrastructure by getting rid of earmarks and corporate subsidies. Invest in our power grid and highways and bridges and rails, strong land use policy.
Q on Trade to Clinton: How would you fix NAFTA? Clinton: NAFTA hurt workers. We need a broad reform, NAFTA is a piece of it. Important to enforce our agreements. A trade prosecutor. I voted against CAFTA and fast-track authority for this president. We need a source of new jobs by investing in energy.
Same Q to all: Richardson: No to more NAFTAs, no to union busting attorneys at OSHA; Obama: Amend NAFTA. Corporate lobbyists not working people involved, Stop corporate lobbyists; Biden: President must create jobs not export jobs; Dodd: requires modification; we need to stop outsourcing too; for 26 years I’ve stood with labor; Edwards: It needs to be fixed, Washington insiders did this; Kucinich: I will withdraw from NAFTA and WTO.
Question to Biden – Did you guys drop the ball on infrastructure? Biden: I proposed solutions years ago. We don’t need any more studies. We need to put America back to work. Can’t wait to debate Rudy. Ripublicans have been irresponsible.
Q to Edwards: How to convince Americans that changes to infrastructure must be made? Edwards: Americans know the changes are needed. Who will bring the change? We need to lead the change. Stop lobbyist money like I said this past Saturday.
Q to Kucinich: Should government subsidize sports? Kucinich: We should buy the team. I have written infrastructure legislation.
Question to Dodd on infrastructure. Dodd: Stop spending money on Iraq. We need new priorities. Cut back on defense spending.
To Clinton, Is our government doing anything to keep us safe (on infrastructure). Hillary: Our prayers to the Utah miners. We need a better infrastructure which will also help with homeland security; including broadband.
To Obama, What are we not prepared for? Obama: welcome to chicago. We are not safer now than after 9/11. We should not have gone to Iraq. Neglect of Afghanistan. Let’s fight on the right battlefield. This will give us the resources for infrastructure.
Keith Olbermann introduces the candidates. Obama gets a hometown cheer. Hillary gets a good response too. AFL-CIO President John Sweeney speaks about the importance of labor unions. “one of the people here tonight will be the next president”.
KO: I’ll ask questions. Follow-ups at my discretion. There will be a lightning round. Please hold applause audience.
It’s steaming hot in Chicago.
John Edwards is drowning and needs labor support to give him some air.
For Obama it’s a home town crowd again. Antoin “Tony” Rezko is probably in the stands counting on his investment.