[6:00 P.M. PST]: Start
Obama in Somali garb
Obama: Takes Clinton at her word… goes into defense of mailer; draws the differences between the health care plans (95% similar) talks about her mandate… gives her wiggle room with Massachusetts example, says shes whining about negative campaigning
Obama: responds with his own experts including ex-pres
Obama: refutes her cost control spin, defends his children’s mandate, says her experts claim there is no real difference between their plans
Obama: cites specifics refuting her claims
Obama: It inaccurate that she had been always against NAFTA; cites her Senate run where she said it was good for NY and good for America. Hes into the “When I am President of the
Will you end NAFTA? (Tim calls her on her record of defending NAFTA)
Obama: No. Agrees with
Has it been good for
Obama: Not completely, blames administrations stewardship of the economy… spins into stump speech about his economic plan.
Tim calls her on job production failure in NY
Is Obama qualified?
Obama: States that he was in a hotly contested Senate campaign so that speech DID have real risk for him. Says she was ready on day one, states she was ready to give in on day one (to Bush). His claim is not just a speech, but judgment.
If Iraqi gov’t asks tells you to get out, will you?
Obama: Yes. But thinks we can be in a partnership, we have to send a clear signal to the gov’t that we won’t be their forever; we cannot be held hostage by the Iraqi gov’t… expenditure is unsustainable
Obama: Became chair @ the beginning of this campaign, we are getting resistance from our allies in putting more troops into
[6:48 P.M. PST]: Commercial break
Obama: Sounds good. [laughter from Hillary and the audience]
What did you mean by that comment?
Obama clip showing the claim credit for good things in the
Obama: correctly states that she claims her WH years as experience, restates his claim. States he didn’t just object to the credit card thing it was the whole bill, brings up the voted for the bill but hoped it wouldn’t pass remark from
Public campaign finance for general election…
Obama: I’m not the nominee yet, brings up McCain’s FEC troubles. Says I wouldn’t take PAC finance, got 90% of donations from small donors; $109 average
Will you release you itinerary as 1st lady?
Obama: I’ve been very clear in my opposition to his policies, I can’t censor him. I can’t tell someone they can’t say I’m a good guy.
About church leader?
Obama: I have support of the Jewish community. I have been a stalwart supporter of
Obama: If she thinks denounce isn’t stronger than reject… then I concede the point. I denounce and reject. (ovation)
[7:15 P.M. PST]: Commercial break
Most liberal voting record.
Obama: Let look at the source and the 2 vote difference. (2 year on 1 year off guest worker & external investigatory body) Calls it silly. People are past the labels.
Who is going to be Putin’s successor?
Obama: agrees with Cinton’s assessment. Recalls Bush’s stupid gullibility and his lack of attentiveness to Russian affairs.
If they try to help retake Kosovo?
Obama: Work with international community. Praises
Obama: the Terri Shiavo vote, thinks he should’ve stopped it, he didn’t act and he should have. Echoes
Closing question: What question does
What question does Obama need to answer to win?