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Sweet Cleveland Dem debate blog 2: Groans from the press room when Clinton moans about getting first question.


CLEVELAND, OHIO--Reporters watching the debate here in the filing center groaned when Hillary Rodham Clinton made a very lame joke--I think it was a joke--about always getting the first question.

She then refers to a Saturday Night Live skit from last Saturday that was very clever--mocking puffy Obama press -- but her line about it was not. She got some laughs and boos from the audience

Well, can I just point out that in the last several debates, I seem to get the first question all the time. And I
don't mind. I -- you know, I'll be happy to field them, but I do findit curious, and if anybody saw "Saturday Night Live," you know, maybe we should ask Barack if he's comfortable and needs another pillow.

I just find it kind of curious that I keep getting the first question on all of these issues. But I'm happy to answer


I agree, why does she always get the first question? Same old, same old. Obama gets a free ride from the press. Why didn't the news about Obama's church being investigated by the IRS come out before the debate? Also, why wasn't there a question to Obama about his involvement with Rezko?

Ms. Sweet:

Senator Clinton raised an interesting point during the debate regarding Senator Obama's alleged inaction as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe. Will you be reporting on this issue?

Thanks for your interesting coverage. I have found your commentary on MSNBC to be helpful in trying to understand Senator Obama's campaign and record.

If the Obamamaniacs who BOOED (how low class) at a debate think that Senator Obama will be asked if he wants a PILLOW (or the equivalent of similar softball questions vs. hardball ones) up against McCain--they are in for a rude awakening. And as for the corporate media suckups who groaned at Hilary--get ready. When you need to ask a tough question of Pres. Obama (not that he'll make it against McCain when all the fake Dem votes go Repug in the Fall) you too will be booed. Wake up and smell the misogyny.

When did Clinton "moan"?

By the way, I thought the same...that Hillary seemed to get the first question in the debates. I thought it was deliberate..and I'm glad others think so too. It is a ploy to give Obama, who is slower off the mark, more time to plan his answer. As most of us have noticed, he is weak outside of his prepared speeches, as were Reagan and now, George W.

You see, when Hillary answers first, Obama can agree and then add to what she has already said. Many people have noticed how Obama is often rambling and unfocused when he has to come up with his own thoughts. I've noticed that he even pads his answers with parts of his stump speech.

I made a comment at our Texas Debate watch that Clinton was getting the questions first. It's not a small issue. Obama is the front runner now. The process should be equal. The public needs to see the type of negotiator they will have at the table with other countries. Obama is the front runner, we need to see if he can stand on his own legs. If he will fight for the American people.

It was a fair point. He can't just keep going along and saying, What Hillary says is accurate -- then add on what is wrong with whatever the subject and not offer substantial solutions.

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