by Carlo Costales/Asianjournal.com
HOLLYWOOD — Judging from the recent activities in the Democratic race between Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senator Barack Obama, one would think their final showdown in Hollywood, California was primed for a climax worthy of an Oscar nomination, filled with gripping dialogue, spectacular theatrics, and crowd-pleasing drama.
Thursday’s forum, however, lacked the cinematic ebb and flow many were expecting as Clinton and Obama were dubiously friendly and sometimes in agreement with one another. Their behavior before an enthusiastic and celebrity-filled audience inside the Kodak Theatre was a contrast to their clash of wits during their heavyweight bout in South Carolina. With their volume toned down in Friday night’s debate, the two remaining candidates took a more sportsmanlike approach in the last head to head discussion before Super Tuesday, February 5th, when primary voting among 22 states will take place to determine which individual will carry the torch for the Democratic party.
“I was friends with Hillary Clinton before we started this campaign, I will be friends with Hillary Clinton after this campaign is over,” Obama set the tone early. “We’re running a competitive race, but it’s because we both love this country and we believe in the issues at stake.” he added.
Both Obama and Clinton commended the valiant efforts of Senator John Edwards, who threw in the towel for his bid on the presidency but declined to endorse any of his fellow opponents.
In the hopes of persuading supporters of the Edwards campaign who are now in limbo and up for grabs, Obama and Clinton offered their sentiments.
Obama acknowledged Edwards for “elevating the issues of poverty and the plight of working families all across the country.”
With Super Tuesday just around the corner and a neck and neck race, Obama and Clinton dove right into the discussions that have been weighing on the minds of American voters.
War on Iraq
On the chaos that is Iraq, Obama asserted himself as the ideal model. “I don’t want to just end the war, but I want to end the mindset that got us in the war in the first place.” He also stressed the importance of correcting the Republicans blunder overseas with minimal cost and reduced body count, while keeping a good relationship with other nations.
Obama criticized Senator Clinton’s support of Bush, alluding to her vote in favor of the Iraq war resolution in October 2002.
“I made a reason judgment, unfortunately, the person who got to execute the policy did not,” Clinton defended herself . She diverted to the unenviable leadership of Commander-in-Chief George W. Bush. She iterated that it was his lack of resolve that lead to the mess that the US is confronted with now.
Focusing on moving forward is Clinton’s main aim. One of her immediate tasks upon her tenure in the White House is to pull troops from Iraq within 60 days with the subsequent goal of completely bringing home all our soldiers in one year’s time.
Clinton feels that insurance is imperative. “We as Democrats have to be willing to fight for Universal Health Care,” she added. The plan that she’s pushing for one that is low on cost and high in quality, which she believes makes it not only affordable for all but essential as well.
Clinton also wants to target health insurance industries and drug companies and bring both factions to act as the solution instead of the obstacle for people who need benefits.
Under Obama’s plan, he guarantees that everyone will be able to get health insurance. One of his priorities is to get both parties to work collectively to ensure that health care in America is not just plausible but attainable.
Obama supports the policy of allowing illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, while Clinton opposes the idea. Both agreed however, on having tighter border security, levying fines, and enforcing a process in which illegal immigrants can obtain legal citizenship.
In an evening that emphasized substance rather than style, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama presented strong arguments on why each deserved to be the next President of the
The country has been witness to an extraordinary and truly unique period in our history: for the first time ever, an African-American, and a woman, are in heavy contention for a seat in the oval office.
Given the nature of American politics, both instances are a phenomenon in itself. But only one candidate will continue the journey down the unprecedented path towards Election Day in November. Which candidate will it be? We’ll find out soon enough come Super Tuesday.