Friday, November 6, 2015

Democratic Candidates Forum in South Carolina

It was not a debate. It was a forum with individual candidates.  Rachel Maddow asked tough questions.  They were not questions that could necessarily be answered by rehearsed slogans.

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Martin O'Malley was first up.  To Maddow's light questions: If he had to catch his own food he would fish, but if by some miracle he becomes POTUS it seems he is not planning on joining Queen Elizabeth at Balmoral to fish since his least practical article of clothing is a kilt.

Bernie Sanders was up next.  As to ISIS,  he proposed what President Obama and both Secretary Clinton and Secretary Kerry have advocated all along - coalition.  To Rachel's light questions (not about underwear):  Dream job, president of CNN. Most miss  since technology has taken over. - paper books.  Does not curse - on this show.  Biggest misconception about him: people think he is grumpy, too serious.  Not a light question, would he put a Republican in his cabinet?  "Do you want me to destroy some nice guy's political career?"  He had a chance to talk a little about his civil rights history.

Hillary was last.  In her initial comments: "How do we have a new deal?"  Too close to Wall St.?  "I represented NYC beyond Wall St. I went to Wall St. in 2007 said you guys have got to stop it!"    To Rachel's light questions:  If you had time what language would you learn?  Spanish.  Introvert or extrovert? "Extro-introvert."  If you had to pick a GOP candidate as VP, who?  "Whoever I name will get hurt. There are Republicans I could pick, just none of them." 

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"I knew we'd end up talking about hair.  That was a permanent.  I have such straight hair.  It took three times."


On a final note:  Hillary Clinton was the only one of the three who never felt it was necessary to raise her voice.  She remained conversational throughout.