South Carolina Democratic Debate

By: Jeff Clark    Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2008

I have added the transcript for the South Carolina Democratic debate held on January 21, 2008 to the interactive Transcript Analyzer.

Democrat Debate - Jan 21st, 2008

Here are a few simple patterns that I noticed:

  • The first phase of the debate covered the topic of the economy, taxes, and poverty
  • After this there was a long fragmented exchange between Clinton and Obama that included many references to Reagan
  • Edwards finally jumped in with some substantial segments but this was followed up by another long Clinton-Obama exchange
  • This led into a section where Clinton and Edwards attacked or questioned Obama over his pattern of voting 'present'
  • Health care was the next major topic and occurred during the middle of the debate
  • This was followed by discussion of war and Iraq
  • Then a segment devoted partially to poverty, gender, race, and health
  • A section near the end was devoted to lobbyists and McCain


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