Analysis: CNN Democratic Debate From California

It’s about 8:27pm eastern and things are going well for both of them. I think Obama has gotten a bit more out in terms of some good answers. He even came up with some specific numbers and disputed Hillary’s health care plan.

Update @ 8:43pm ET

They both tend to agree on securing the border but then agree on a “path to legalization” which basically amounts to amnesty. It’s a soft amnesty, but it allows illegal aliens to stay in the United States without much trouble.

Obama hit her on the driver’s license issue and I think he’s scoring some points in this debate. It probably sounds like I’m dwelling on him but this has just been my impression as I watch it live.

Update @ 8:54pm ET

It’s half-time and I think Hillary did respond to the driver’s license issue pretty decently by pointing out that Obama waffled on the issue as well. Overall, it has been mild with some civil disagreements. Neither one wants to come off as being perceived as mean-spirited it seems.

Here is each of their opening statements in a playlist. First is Obama’s, then Clinton’s:

They set the tone as being a mild evening.

Also, here’s a short clip on Hillary discussing driver’s licenses for illegals:

More analysis and clips to come followed by the entire video up later tonight.

Update @ 9:37pm ET

Apparently this will be 2 hours, not the 90 minutes as originally noted in news reports.

Obama is taking the opportunity to jump the question of whether Hillary was naive to vote for authorization of war in Iraq. Hillary went to great lengths of explaining her vote, Obama basically said she was wrong and he would be correct from “day one”.

Update @ 9:47pm ET

Last question about considering an Obama/Clinton or Clinton/Obama ticket. Neither one of them said “No”, they of course have to leave the door open. They both laughingly answered and they are probably both considering it in the back of their minds.


Here’s one more clip of Hillary talking about how she would cleanup after President Bush:

It’s all over, working on the entire video, it will be up later tonight if you missed it all.