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|The first Democratic presidential debate takes place in South Carolina tomorrow night May 3rd 2003. For two hours, the race for president will focus on issues and ideas - not money raised or political posturing. (The debate will air on many ABC stations following local news Saturday night, and again on C-SPAN on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.)|
|Tonight's debate begins at 9pm Eastern Standard Time (8pm CST, 7pm Mtn., 6pm Pacific) and will run for 90 minutes. Few ABC affiliates are airing this debate live, unfortunately. Here's an open call to Deanistan: If your local affiliate is carrying the debate, please leave a comment with station information so others can tune in. As far as I can tell, my local station in Dallas is not carrying the debates live, FYI. Does anyone else have information for their local markets?
C-Span will air the debates three times on Sunday: 1pm EST (12pm CST, 11am Mtn, 10am Pacific), 5:30pm EST (4:30 CST, 3:30 Mtn, 2:30 Pacific), and 9:30pm EST (8:30 CST, 7:30 Mtn, 6:30 Pacific). ABC's This Week will run extended clips and commentary on Sunday morning. Please click on this link for a list of local affiliates who will carry the program, as well as scheduled times.
|President Bush Leads Three Most Popular Democratic Presidential Candidates Nearly 2-1 in Poll|
|Nearly half of Americans today say most people are worse off than they were when Bush took office — and that half of the country favors the idea of electing a Democrat for president by 2-1. Such is the potential price of a troubled economy.
Nearly half of Americans also say Bush doesn't understand the problems of average people — and that half of the country favors a Democrat by an even wider margin, 4-1. Such is the potential price of a perceived lack of empathy.
How these concerns and their political impact play out over the next 18 months is far from certain. But, as in 1992, it's the economy — and the president's ability to connect with ordinary people in economic distress — that again may define the 2004 election.
This time, though, there's another element: security concerns. The echoes of Sept.11, 2001, still ring loudly in the public's mind, and Bush's very strong ratings for responding to terrorism — from homeland security to Afghanistan to Iraq — so far mitigate the damage of economic concerns and his far-weaker ratings on other domestic issues. (See ABC NEWS poll analysis of 5/01/03)
|"People should remember that a year is a lifetime in politics," comments Opinion Dynamics President John Gorman. "At this stage in 1992, Bill Clinton was barely a blip on the Democratic primary screen and then-President Bush was regarded as unbeatable because of his war victory. Things can change and change rapidly."|
|On the comment that got him fired: I was the first one to be Dixie Chicked. But as far as the Dixie Chicks go, you know, what we have in common is that they said something that was not a critique of the military. I said something that was in no way a critique of the military. And our enemies tried and, successfully in many ways, connected what we said falsely to a critique of the military.|
|Somehow the Dixie Chicks, by saying “we’re ashamed to be from the same state as President Bush,” somehow, that got to be something that hurt the morale of the troops. Because you know, our poor troops, they just couldn’t continue fighting because the Dixie Chicks had made President Bush feel bad. How did they find the strength?|
|Originally posted by TiredX2
what's up with hillary (rodham)clinton. poll-wise she seems to be the only D with a chance
|Fire the consultants, find some core values and speak from the heart, and then maybe one of the candidates will have a chance against Bush|
|Happily for both Kerry and Dean, practically no one was watching.|
|George W. Bush is everything Democrats have not been—bold, decisive, uncomplicated, a man of real convictions who has not been afraid to take unpopular positions.|
|I hope, for her sake, she waits it out, and I think she will - she said she was in the Senate for the full first term, and I think she means it and needs it - to build experience - but when her time is ready - she's gonna go the distance!|