Tonight's Democratic Presidential debate in Austin was very focused on the issues that the two Democratic nominees had been discussing all along and they were very cordial to one another throughout, really a mild mannered affair until moderator Campbell Brown brought up the issue of plagiarism that popped up earlier this week after one of Senator Barack Obama's speeches.
The question went to Obama and he answered by saying the notion that he plagiarized the national co-chair of his campaign, who encouraged him to use his words, is silly and that we're now getting into the silly season in politics. Senator Clinton responded that if his candidacy is going to be about words, they should at least be his own. She went on to make a statement that didn't go over well with the audience:
Clinton:"Lifting whole passages from someone else's speeches is not change you can believe in it's change you can Xerox."
She then turned right back into the health care issue. Obama dropped the topic also and joined her in the most discussed issue of the debate---health care.
John Amato: I thought they both did quite well tonight outside the line above. Debating is a very good platform for Hillary and she shined---especially her closing statement, but so did Barack. This used to be a weakness for him in my mind, but he's improved dramatically and is quite comfortable going one on one.