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Largely agree, Frank.
Though the differences in style were probably dominant, there were some clear moments of difference in philosophy.

I thought the question about health care was at first poorly framed and poorly answered, but the moderator reframed it in a format that got far better, more revealing results.

"Quick discussion: Is health care in America a privilege, a right, or a responsibility?"
said Tom Brokaw.

McCain's answer was almost indecipherable--mumbo jumbo about the nuts and bolts, but he said "I think it's a responsibility."

Brokaw then asked Obama.

"Well, I think it should be a right for every American," the Democrats declared. "In a country as wealthy as ours, for us to have people who are going bankrupt because they can't pay their medical bills -- for my mother to die of cancer at the age of 53 and have to spend the last months of her life in the hospital room arguing with insurance companies because they're saying that this may be a pre-existing condition and they don't have to pay her treatment, there's something fundamentally wrong about that."

A great response, and his best of the night, I thought.
But--- Obama was in control, calm, almost unemotional. Too bad.
Joe Biden hit it out of the park when he was--less controlled?

Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.

by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Wed Oct 8th, 2008 at 06:12:53 AM EST

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