Tonight, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama met in Philadelphia for what might be the last debate of the Democratic primaries. ABC, which hosted the event, has video and a transcript. The early press is mixed:
NYT: Clinton Employs Broad Attacks in a Key Debate
Washington Post: Obama Pressed in Pennsylvania Debate
AP: Clinton emphatically says Obama can win White House
CNN: Clinton, Obama face off in Pennsylvania
But ABC is taking a lot of heat for the tone of moderators Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos, which focused on process for much of the debate and keyed on GOP talking points and candidate controversy. As Editor and Publisher put it:
In perhaps the most embarrassing performance by the media in a major presidential debate in years, ABC News hosts Charles Gibson and George Stephanopolous focused mainly on trivial issues as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama faced off in Philadelphia.
Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the health care and mortgage crises, the overall state of the economy and dozens of other pressing issues had to wait for their few moments in the sun as Obama was pressed to explain his recent "bitter" gaffe and relationship with Rev. Wright (seemingly a dead issue) and not wearing a flag pin while Clinton had to answer again for her Bosnia trip exaggerations.
Did you see the debate? What were your reactions?