First-ever Spanish Language Presidential Debate
The original idea at Western Democrat was that the Democratic Party needs to look to the West for a winning national strategy. Since those dark days for Democrats in November 2004, the national picture has brightened considerably for the party. In 2006 Democrats captured the House of Representatives and the Senate (barely) and numerous state offices. 2008 could likewise see a surge of Democratic victories at all levels, though no election over a year away can be called a sure thing.
At the presidential level, the candidates of both parties may well nail down their respective nominations by the first week of February, less than half a year from now. So at Western Democrat, we hope to keep up with the on rush of political events, and there was a historic one tonight.
Tonight was the first-ever Spanish language presidential debate. This debate will not decide the 2008 election, but it is a historical marker on the highway to the future. Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, one of the debate moderators put is just that way.
If you do not pay attention to the Hispanic community, you're running the risk of losing the future.
This is particularly true in the Southwest, including, but not limited to, the swing states of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico.
The Democratic presidential field was there, except for Senator Biden. Two of the candidates, Governor Richardson and Senator Dodd, are fluent in Spanish, though that advantage was tempered somewhat by the English-translation format of the debate.
The GOP field, with the exception of Senator McCain, snubbed the offer of a similar debate for Republicans. As noted here, here and here, the GOP is in danger of losing the West for a generation. That would truly be a national political realignment.
Your Personal Note:
Democrats, in their debate tonight, made certain that the war in Iraq was the central issue. In doing so, they expose a frightening truth about Democratic presidential candidates; terrorism is not a serious theme for those Democrats hoping to sit in the White House. I go into more detail here...
This is information that moderate Democrats need to hear.
Posted by: truthteller | Sep 9, 2007 10:57:28 PM
Who do you believe won the Univision Democratic Debate In Miami ------> http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=458
Posted by: PollM | Sep 10, 2007 5:21:19 AM
I don’t accept the thesis of "truthteller's" post. It is possible to protect this country within the traditional bounds of the constitution. We’ve done it before, and we can do it again. Terrorism is an important issue, but it shouldn’t cause us to panic or loose thousands of American lives while visiting death and destruction on hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians by attacking and occupying countries that did not attack or even seriously threaten us.
Posted by: Leo Brown | Sep 10, 2007 9:14:34 AM
"truthteller": typical authoritarian projection and fox prop from a "screamng meemee".
Posted by: marc | Sep 10, 2007 12:30:36 PM
Who won the debate? Richardson helped himself a lot. Many Hispanics don't know him well or even at all. Dodd helped himself as well by letting people know he speaks Spanish. The more I look at Dodd, the more I like him. Biden hurt himself by not showing up. The three front runners (Clinton, Obama, Edwards) did well enough to continue to be the front runners.
Posted by: Leo Brown | Sep 12, 2007 1:58:06 PM
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