NowPublic and Politisite Guest Blogging from the Myrtle Beach Palace Theater CNN and Congressional Black Caucus Democratic Debate Tonight
05:00am- Update- The security was so tight at the debate I think I saw more Secret Service than Press. I had heard another news service say that Senator Obama was receiving death threats. I spoke with the Secret Service agent on this issue and he related that there have been no death threats made against Obama that were credible. The High Security was due to over 35 members of congress attending along with The Clintons and Senator Obama. So we can put those rumors to bed once and for all. The logistics were very difficult. Our plans were to post form the filing room following our return from the spin room. Understand both of these areas are usually in the venue. The press filing room was more than a mile away from the Spin Room and transportation was not as fluid as we would have liked. I have much more material to upload plus a transcript / comment evaluation of the event. I am thinking that I will write a follow-up story and add the journalistic synopsis of the event as it was an exciting debate. Since it is 5am eastern I will put my work to rest for the night. The best way to read this blog is from bottom up. Keep in mind, I am awaiting your feedback for the debate. Who won, lost, has a plan, who will you Not vote for and why. I expect to awake to a full mailbox because thats what Citizen Journalism is all about. Remember the News is NOWPUBLIC Good Night from Myrtle Beach SC. 2:48am - Update - We are currently uploading Photos from the Candidates. 2:15am - I will be uploaded a heated interview with Congresswoman Jackson Lee on her support of Senator Clinton. I also interviewed Howard Dean from the DNC. I have a few more surprises as well. I will be writing up a follow up article on this heated and exciting debate. At 23:05 - Update - QUESTION: Do you think America is ready for a black president or not? Answer in the comments section.
QUESTION: Do you think America is ready for a woman president or not?
What are your answers NowPublic? Let us know where you stand. CNN provided this poll to generate discussion for their Race in America segment following the debate. At 22:00 - Update- Audio clips of interviews will be uploaded as we clear from the spin room. The press filing center is located at Philips Seafood, they are catering the event. The problem is the Spin Room is a bus ride. We literally have to file our reports, hop on the media bus to the Palace Theater get our interviews and return to upload our work. Hang in there following the debate for our photos and coverage. There is a sand sculpture of the candidates we will be photographing and uploading soon. Make sure you see some of the other reports we have uploaded prior to the debate. I will transfer the more important comments to the body of the story as time goes on. The blog will also be available at http://politisite.wordpress.com and http://politisite.blogspot.com
At 21:40 – Update - Hilliary is harping on Obama voting Present rater than Yeah or Nay. The probablem with Hilliary is she votes on bills she doesn't read
at 21:28 – Update - Well it appears the gloves have come off. Hilliary was on the board at Walmart and Obama fighting for Slum Lords in Chicago. Edwards ask how many people are we helping with this rhetoric
at 21:25 - Update - Just uploaded photos of the Myrtle Beach Sculptures of the candidates. Wolf Blittzer and others
At 20:30 - Update - How would you as NowPublic Readers Answer these questions. Please post your answers in the Comments section below the full article.
QUESTION: Dr. Martin Luther King gave his famous "I Have a Dream Speech" at a civil rights march in Washington in 1963. In your view, how much of Dr. King's "dream" that he talked about has been fulfilled today -- all of it, a great deal, a moderate amount, not very much, or none of it?
CNN Released this poll during the debate to follow-up on the Show, Race and Politics. What are your insights? Political Correctness is not necessary. So get involved with your comments.
at 19:45 pm - Update - My Photo Journalist, Kathy, has just left on the bus to do the spray of the candidates. We have a few photos to upload but searching for our upload cable. We will upload the spray following the debate.
at 17:00 Pm - My photographer and I arrived and passed through security. We re working diligently to get Kathy on the media spray of the candidates prior to the debate. This is were the major news services each have a photographer to photograph the candidates from the venue.
Thanks for your interest. Ask any questions you may have for our team at Politisite, the candidates, and the celebrities who will be attending. Obama Girl, Congressman Cyburn, President Bill Clinton and more. I will as questions you are interested in so you will be part of the debate process.
Albert N. Milliron
The Congressional Black Caucus and CNN Democratic Debate Monday 21st January 2008
Politisite Guest Blogger for NowPublic Tonight from South Carolina
Hello all you pundits, politicos, politstes, pollsters, political junkies, and casual political readers.
Tonight I will be attending the Congressional Black Caucus Institute and CNN Presidential Debate in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This will be my seventh debate this presidential cycle. I LOVE IT! During the event I will give you a pictorial of what is happening each stage of the process. I will attempt show you what it's like to cover a media event in the world of United States politics. My photo Journalist will be uploading photos throughout the night. Credentialed media will not be in the debate auditorium, except for a photo spray of the candidates before the debate begins. We will be in the media press room were all those bloggers, TV Crews, and news services you watch and read do their magic. Following the debate, We will be in the Spin Room interviewing the candidates and celebrities as they arrive. We believe President Bill Clinton will be there for interviews. Its always fun to bet on which candidate will be there doing their spinning. That's were candidates go to, "correct the record", after they make all of their mistakes at the podiums.
Please check back, throughout the day, as I will be adding information about the CBCI, CNN, and Myrtle Beach. Debate begins at 8pm Eastern 5 Pacific, and 0100 hrs UTC (GMT)
January 21, 2008 TICKER MORNING EDITION: Monday, January 21, 2008 Posted: Tonight, CNN and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute host the final Presidential Debate before the South Carolina Democratic Primary. Sen. Hillary Clinton, former Sen. John Edwards, and Sen. Barack Obama will take the stage in Myrtle Beach. Tune into CNN and http://www.CNNPolitics.com throughout the day for extensive coverage of this event, as well as the race for the Republican presidential nomination. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will moderate with questions from CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux and Joe Johns. The Debate will air live from 8 p.m. ET to 10 p.m. ET. Democratic Debate Day
WASHINGTON (CNN) — He’s not on the ballot this cycle, but it wouldn’t be a big surprise to see former President Bill Clinton take the stage with the remaining Democratic presidential contenders at tonight’s CNN/Congressional Black Caucus Institute debate in South Carolina.
The former president was nearly as much of a presence leading up to Saturday’s Nevada caucuses as his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton – or any of the Democratic candidates, really. In Nevada, as in New Hampshire, President Clinton was in a fighting mood the night before the vote, taking direct aim at Sen. Barack Obama; and again, in defiance of the polls, his wife pulled out a win.
This time, Obama is calling foul. President Clinton may not be a candidate this year, Obama told ABC, but he’s starting to feel as though he’s “running against both Clintons.” Top Obama strategist David Axelrod is chiming in too, accusing the couple of a “good cop, bad cop” routine this campaign season.
There may be no method to this madness, but there’s certainly a routine developing in the Clinton-Obama feud: Public truces are made, then broken hours later; last-minute, dueling conference calls are scheduled an hour or so apart; escalating charges and counter-charges are traded, investigations called for, inboxes flooded with allegations of distortion and dirty tricks. The over-under on response time from either side, in a Sunday CNN calculation, is down to a mind-warping seven minutes.
And as shock waves from the chaotic Nevada caucuses continue to ripple through Democratic ranks, yet another unwelcome pattern seems to be repeating itself. Last week, during the dustup over Sen. Clinton’s comments on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, observers noted that her campaign stood to benefit every time race was on the table, no matter the context.
This week, Obama may have the most to gain from the emerging dynamic: African-American voters in South Carolina have been swinging his way, according to recent polls – and nothing motivates the base quite like the charges of voter suppression coming out of Nevada. Both the Clinton and Obama campaigns are accusing the other of engaging in the practice.
The brutal bloodletting of the primary season may disappear quickly after a nominee is decided. But will the battle wounds really heal completely by November?
Momentum seems to have a short shelf life this cycle, but for what it’s worth, two Republicans come out of Saturday’s vote with the wind at their backs. John McCain won the kingmaker South Carolina contest, eight years after his campaign collapsed there. And Ron Paul’s second-place showing in Nevada’s neglected GOP caucuses – and near-tie with third-place Fred Thompson in South Carolina – may, at least for the moment, silence the skeptics. (Could it be the blimp?)
The list of walking wounded out of South Carolina is longer. It includes: Mike Huckabee, who actually split the state’s evangelical vote with John McCain; Fred Thompson, whose last-stand heroics translated into an underwhelming 16 percent finish; and Rudy Giuliani, whose Florida focus reduced his Saturday showing there to an asterisk.
Somewhere in the middle: Mitt Romney, who comes out of the weekend with a delegate lead, a caucus win – and a disappointing fourth-place showing in South Carolina, despite spending as much on ads there as the rest of the Republican field combined.
– CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand
Thanks for your interest. Ask any questions you may have for our team at Politisite, the candidates, and the celebrities who will be attending. Obama Girl, Congressman Cyburn, Preident Bill Clinton and more. I will as questions you are interested in so you will be part of the debate process.
Albert N. Milliron