Did you watch it?
I did. Twice. Talking about the Herman Cain/ Newt Gingrich “Lincoln-Douglas” style debate carried live on C-Span.
It was marvelous… a breath of fresh air. And as some Twitterers observed, we felt we were watching the next president and vice president… either way. Some comments:
This is just great so far; I love this mutual display of respect and substantive tackling of issues. No gratuitous squabbles. 2 Adults here.
Wife after debate: “I want that ticket. I don’t care which way it goes, but I want that ticket.” #caingrich
After a generally cordial and policy-filled debate between Cain and fellow Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, the former businessman took questions from reporters during a press conference in which event organizers told reporters the focus needed to be entitlement spending.
“Don’t even go there,” Cain told a reporter who began asking about the harassment allegations. Cain then asked his chief of staff, Mark Block, to deliver the reporter a copy of the “journalistic code of ethics.”
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“Are you not going to answer questions about this ever again?” a reporter asked Cain.
With a grin he said, “You got it,” and began to leave the room to a barrage of shouted questions.
But before making it to the door, he stopped and said, “I was going to do something that my staff told me not to do and try to respond, OK?”
As he began talking, Cain staffers told him he needed to leave – but Cain sat back down.
“We are getting back on message, end of story. Back on message. Read all of the other accounts, read all the accounts, where everything has been answered in a story. We’re getting back on message,” he said