Throwback Thursday (TBT) takes us to this day eight years ago when the Democrats had a debate for their presidential nomination. On stage were Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer as the moderator. The debate involved several heated jabs by Obama and Clinton. Below are three noteworthy quotes from the night’s exchanges.
First came this one;
“While I was working on those streets watching those folks see their jobs shift overseas, you were a corporate lawyer sitting on the board at Wal-Mart.” –Barack Obama to Hillary Clinton
Then came this one;
“I was fighting against those ideas when you were practicing law and representing your contributor, Resco, in his slum landlord business in inner city Chicago.” –Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama
And then eventually this one;
“Senator Edwards has been remarkably patient during this exchange. And I want him — I don’t know if you want to get involved in this, Senator Edwards.” –Wolf Blitzer to John Edwards
Some Democrats that night wanted voters to remember that Hillary Clinton was a lawyer for a big corporation (which would now mean that those 99%-occupy-whatever crowds must not be ready for Hillary). Other Democrats wanted voters to remember that Barack Obama has a past of associating with some shady characters. And John Edwards just wanted voters to remember that he was still in the race.
Eight years later and we see few things have changed from that night. Clinton is still running for president while trying to recast herself as a new political dish more palatable than last month’s version, Obama has had to continue to distance himself from past associates and people still don’t remember that Edwards even ran in 2008.