Last night's debate covered familiar ground on character issues. Policy questions weren't raised until 50 minutes into the program. Did the so-called "gotcha" questions reveal anything new? Did the debate change the momentum for Tuesday's Pennsylvania election? On Reporter's Notebook, as a West Texas judge decides the futures of 416 children, is the polygamist Yearning for Zion Ranch a haven for child abuse?
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Polls show the top issues for voters are the economy, including free trade and $4-a-gallon gas and the war in Iraq. But less than a week before the Pennsylvania primary, the first 50 minutes of last night's debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, – the twenty-second in this presidential campaign -- were focused on personal gaffes, past associations and who could withstand a Republican onslaught before the November elections. Eventually, each candidate was forced to concede that the other could beat John McCain. ABC;s moderators are getting as much post-mortem attention as the candidates. Did anything happen to change the momentum in Pennsylvania? Are voters around the country better informed? What about the super-delegates who are likely to make the final decision?
Jay Newton-Small, Time magazine (@JNSmall)
Jon Delano, Political Analyst, KDKA-TV
Wayne Bennett, TheFieldNegro.com (@fieldnegro)
Greg Mitchell, The Nation (@GregMitch)
Stephen Spruiell, Staff Reporter, National Review
Judge Barbara Walther said today, "We're going to handle this as best we can, one client at a time." The "clients" are 416 children from the Yearning for Zion Ranch, seized by the State of Texas two weeks ago in a polygamy raid. As the marathon child-welfare hearing got underway today in San Angelo, Texas, mothers and father are hoping she'll give them back heir children. Carolyn Jessop, who was in a polygamous marriage as part of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints until she fled with her eight children five years ago, is author of Escape.
Carolyn Jessop, former wife in a polygamous marriage, Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Carolyn Jessop and Laura Palmer