Video: Dodd, Schumer Debate on FNS

A bit more of the surrogate debate which always tends to be interesting. Here’s the complete segment today with New York Senator Charles Schumer, a Clinton supporter, and Connecticut Senator Chriss Dodd, an Obama supporter.

Several campaign topics are discussed and batted around.

Here’s the full video from Fox News:

Here’s a report on the appearance from Reuters:

Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, an Obama supporter, told “Fox News Sunday” his candidate had repudiated Wright’s remarks damning America and “guilt by association here is something we’ve got to stay away from in this country.”

An effort to get Sen. Charles Schumer of New York to go on the attack over the issue failed when he responded, “I agree with Chris here. Look, each campaign is wide-ranging. Supporters are all over the place.”

Dodd returned the favour after Schumer was asked to explain Ferraro’s comments that were considered racially insensitive. Schumer said the remarks were wrong and she had left the campaign, and Dodd agreed.

Democrats still have more than five weeks until their next nominating event in Pennsylvania on April 22, so the unpredictable campaign could take many more twists and turns.

Nine more contests follow but after those it is still impossible for either Obama or Clinton to have enough pledged delegates to be nominated at the party’s convention in August.

What is amazing to me, or perhaps what is a calulated move, is that the Clinton campaign has stayed largely out of the discussion over Obama’s controversial former Pastor. Clinton was pressed on the issue and she refused to comment or become part of the dialog.

  • McCain08

    SO what if he rejected them PPL THEY HAVE HIM ON VIDEO BEING IN THE PEW WHEN WRIGHT WAS PREACHING THESE HORRIBLE THINGS. ANY SMART PERSON WOULD HAVE REJECTED THEM SEN DODD IS AN IDIOT AND BARACK OBAMA IS DONE!11 this is just horrible

  • Dam1en

    Um, what? Where was this video where Barack was in the church when he said these things? Not only that, this will only be a minor issue, because Obama has dismissed them. Yes, he’s been a member of the church for 20 years, but to his words, he says how Wright did not start preaching these hateful protest until he started his presidential campaign. I mean, it’s kinda obvious why he didn’t dismiss them imeddiately, because they weren’t brought to the public eye. Why the hell would he want to bring in something like that so early on in the race where people like Clinton would constantly use that against him? I’m lovin’ how people are turning so inquisitional about these issues. Like Dodd said (Horrible that is), Obama has dismissed them, there’s nothing more to it. You can dwell as much as you want about it, but it’s still not going to change the fact this is going to be a minor issue.

    Obama dodged a bullet on this one, because we can’t disprove what he said. We can only take the cards that are given to us.

    And not only that, “McCain08”,you, your and conservative groups, can’t say a single thing about Obama’s pastor or religious endorsements when McCain is getting endorsed by people who call the Catholic church an abomination and are open Jew haters (John Hagee ring a bell yet?).

    Before you openly slam on one candidate, you better be damn sure you know what yours is doing.