Here you can watch the entire video of the Des Moines Register/Iowa Public Television Republican Presidential Debate which aired today, 12/12/07. It’s in 9 parts hosted on YouTube, they will advance automatically.
This is the feed from Fox News, they show the little graphs of moderate and conservative voters giving real time feedback to what they’re hearing. Graphs going up is a good response, graphs going down is negative. It’s interesting to watch.
Here’s some more analysis of the debate from ABC News:
Well, that was â€¦ thoroughly uninteresting. And that is fantastic, spectacular news for new Republican front-runner Mike Huckabee, and a giant missed opportunity for Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson and all the rest of the would-be Iowa contenders.
Huckabee came into the day with a target on his back. His remarkable run of the past few weeks has been tarred by a flurry of bad press, and he’s never truly been the focal point on a debate stage.
But that might have changed Wednesday afternoon. In the final gathering of the Republican field before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, nobody really engaged Huckabee, and he was able to speak (mostly unchallenged) in the forthright, plainspoken manner that’s won him raves on the stump.
Blame it on the format limitations, a tactical reticence to go on the offensive, or maybe it’s just that time flew by in Johnston, Iowa.
I completely agree. That basically sums up my analysis as well. Also, the moderating was just plain terrible. What was billed as a “debate” turned out to be more of mild forum where candidates answered softball economic questions and avoided any “controversial” issues like immigration or Iraq.
Also, I will have a better version of this video up on sevenload split into only 2 parts for a better uninterrupted watching experience.