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Obama Scores in Debate


Quick observation -- and I was only able to watch about 2/3rds of the debate, but Obama scored quite well with the New Hampshire focus group assembled by CNN to give live reaction during the debate, as indicated by the consistently higher approval score while Obama was speaking.

richardson_nclb.jpgWho didn't do well? Richardson consistently failed to move the crowd except when he became passionate in his response to a question about "No Child Left Behind", which he proposed scrapping.

COOPER: Governor Richardson, you have had to implement No Child Left Behind in your state. Would you scrap it? Revise it?

RICHARDSON: I would scrap it. It doesn't work.


It is the law. It is not just an unfunded mandate, but the one- size-fits-all doesn't work.

It doesn't emphasize teacher training. It doesn't emphasize the disabled kids.


It doesn't -- English learning kids don't get help.

The worst thing it does is it takes districts and schools that are not doing well, takes their funds away, penalizes them. If a school is not doing well, we help that school.


The last thing we need to do, relating to teachers, is the key to a good education in this country is a strong teacher. I would have a minimum wage for all our teachers, $40,000 per year.


And I would emphasize science and math.(APPLAUSE)

RICHARDSON: And I would also bring, to make sure our kids that are not scoring well in science and math, 29th in the world, to unlock those minds in science and math, I would have a major federal program of art in the schools...


... music, dancing, sculpture, and the arts.


My off the cuff conclusion? Hillary is still the front runner, but Obama as VP and Richardson as a top-level cabinet member would be strong team behind her.

If I have time in the morning I'll try to assemble a reaction/poll roundup on the debate.

- July 23rd Democratic CNN/YouTube Debate transcript.

- L.A. Times TV Review of the debate.

- Interesting Early Impressions

Over on Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes," pollster Frank Luntz asks a room full of voters if they liked the YouTube-citizens-ask-the-questions format. Everyone in the room (at least 30 folks) raised their hands. Everyone.

A small sampling on CNN's rival network, but a good sign for this new format.

UPDATE: Mary Snow from CNN with the final tally of the 24 member New Hampshire focus group that provided the live reaction cited above:


"We're here with 24 Democrats, Independents, who thought that Senator Hillary Clinton would be the best performer here tonight, but the results that we just got in, this is a focus group; show that Barack Obama got the most favorable in terms of the best performance from the 24 people who are here tonight"

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The last thing we need to do, relating to teachers, is the key to a good education in this country is a strong teacher. I would have a minimum wage for all our teachers, $40,000 per year.

Funny, the average teacher salary for the 2004-05 school year was $47,602. Not bad for 9 months work. And BTW, how does higher pay promise having a "strong teacher?"

It doesn't! The only "promise" contained in his proposal is higher property taxes for those living in places where salaries fail to meet whatever arbitrary figure he dreams up.

If it wasn't for moonbat Kucinich Richardson would be the worst candidate of the bunch.


Fashion critic Edwards reflected negatively on Hillary's jacket. I'm sure she just burned in secret.


I am surprise to see a liberal blog actually discussing the Democratic candidates. I guess you guys have gotten bored with breast sizes and hairstyles involving Republicans.

Of course Richardson just propose a No Union Member left behind program that would be pointless if you are not measuring anything about student performance.

His plan has been tried for decades in cities in Washington, DC and has been shown to be an absolute failure.

When are the Democrats ever going to have a new strategy with regards to education and student achievement instead of the same old failed programs of the past?

And yes, it is now obvious that Obama is running for Vice President and that Hillary Clinton is a foregone conclusion as the next president of the U.S.

Lee Ward:

"And BTW, how does higher pay promise having a "strong teacher?""

A higher starting wage makes the field of teaching more attractive to students going through college.

Steve Crickmore:

I thought the debate was lively and unpredictable, making for good tv...The questions were as interesting as the candidates answers, though it might have been improved to allow more follow-up and more time for other candidate responses..I'm probably prejudiced but I thought of them did reasonably well, though Hillary as the odds on favorite and a natural control person won't want to have this format repeated too often. To be fair she face the toughest questions: about whether she minds being called a 'liberal' and having 4 consecutive Bush or Clinton 'reigns' at the White House.

Lee Ward:

it might have been improved to allow more follow-up and more time for other candidate responses..

I agree, and think it's time to shorten the field.


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