2008 Clinton. Connecting with Voters?
posted by January 23 at 13:23 PMon
It seems to me that every time there’s a televised debate starring the Democratic candidates, it helps Hillary Clinton.
She was supposed to get walloped in NH. There was a debate. She won the primary three days later.
Nevada was supposed to be too close to call. There was a debate. She cleaned up the popular vote.
In South Carolina there was a debate on Monday that set a national cable viewership record for debatesó4.9 million viewers.
Well, check out the national tracking polls. On the day of the debate (Monday night 1/19) Clinton was leading Obama 38 to 32. She’d been hovering between 37 and 38 for a while. Well, promptly after the debate in SC she jumped to a 42 to 30 lead.
My gut tells me Obama is the better nominee, but Clinton sure seems to score points with the public after televised debates.
Obama is supposed to win SC pretty handily and that might give him some momentum going into February 5th’s primary showdown, but there’s also going to be another Democratic debate in Los Angeles on January 31.
Here’s hoping CNN pulls a Kucinich on Edwards, and we get to see Obama and Clinton really tangle.