The debate is on. Brian William is giving the introduction of a Q & A format. Time Russert is there – unfortunately. But Brian Williams is a fair journalist and will moderate his colleague. It begins with race.
BW to Clinton: How did we get here? Clinton, “MLK’s dreams have been realized. Senator Obama has a profound message… I appreciate what Senator Obama and I achieved yesterday (she is referring to an end to the name calling)… Everyone appreciates MLK… Senator Obama share a committment.” Then to Obama, “Senator Clinton said it well… The economy is put enormous pressure on everyone.. Racial equality is and has been important… we must come together as a people… I hope that my campaign has inspired that same sense…”
Senator Edwards, “I lived in the south in times of segregation and I feel responsible to continue moving America toward equality…” Edwards elaborates with anecdotal stories.
Russert – do you regret pushing this story? Obama -“It is my responsibility to make sure this does not interfere with the campaign… I am sure that everyone here is committed to racial equality and I am sure that I will be judged on my position on issues and whether I can deliver…”
Russert – Is this a deliberater attempt to marginalize your as a black candidate? Obama, “No, I believe that we are being judged on our positions.”