Video: CNN Democratic Debate from Austin, Texas – 2/21/08

Here is the entire unedited video of the CNN Democratic debate from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas on February 21, 2008. It was, of course, between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

It’s in 10 parts hosted on YouTube, they’ll advance automatically. YouTube seems to have changed the way a playlist works so they don’t automatically advance, you’ll have to click on the next section to continue watching. Sorry for the change, I’m trying to find out why because it’s out of my control.

Overall, I think both candidates came off well and Clinton didn’t do much to stop the Obama momentum heading into Texas and Ohio. Here’s a report on the debate from Breitbart:

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Hillary Rodham Clinton accused presidential rival Barack Obama of political plagiarism Thursday night, but drew boos from a Democratic debate audience when she ridiculed him as the candidate of “change you can Xerox.”

Obama dismissed the charge out of hand, then turned the jeers to applause when he countered, “What we shouldn’t be spending time doing is tearing each other down. We should be spending time lifting the country up.”

The exchange marked an unusually pointed moment in an otherwise civil encounter in the days before March 4 primaries in Texas and Ohio—contests that even some of Clinton’s supporters say she must win to sustain her campaign for the White House.

The former first lady has lost 11 straight primaries and caucuses, and trails her rival in convention delegates. Obama has won a pair of big union endorsements in the past two days.

In a university auditorium in the heart of Texas, the two rivals agreed that high-tech surveillance measures are preferable to construction of a fence to curtail illegal immigration.

They disagreed on the proper response to a change in government in Cuba in the wake of Fidel Castro’s resignation. Clinton said she would refuse to sit down with incoming President Raul Castro until he implements political and economic reforms. Obama said he would meet “without preconditions,” but added the U.S. agenda for such a session would include human rights in the Communist island nation.

They also sparred frequently about health care, a core issue of the campaign.

Also, take a listen to our You Decide Politics Radio program analysis of the debate:

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