Gubernatorial debate live blog

nygov debate mcmillan rent too highWith a slate of candidates that looks more like a reality show cast than a ballot, we figured tonight's debate could be fun to live blog. Of course, there was only one way to find out.

Live blogging after the jump.

Here's tonight's cast:

Charles Barron (Freedom Party)
Andrew Cuomo (Democratic Party)
Kristin Davis (Anti-Prohibition Party)
Howie Hawkins (Green Party)
Jimmy McMillan (Rent is too Damn High Party)
Carl Paladino (Republican Party)
Warren Redlich (Libertarian Party)

Update: The website for the Rent is Too Damn High Party has an Isaac Hayes-like soundtrack.

screengrab: NY1 via YouTube

Comments

I have to say that I'm nearly beside myself with anger over the utter greed displayed by CV/News12 in limiting broadcast of this to YNN viewers. We're DishNetwork subscribers so don't have YNN available to us, and web streaming was unwatchable, even on a broadband (not RR) connection.

The most important debate of this season and we're at the mercy of this scum. What a lesson in capitalism for our kids.

C.

I must say that I was rather disappointed with the so-called debate. No fisticuffs, no shoving, no food fights. No biting personal insults. You call this politics?

Yeah, it's pretty bad when the rest of us without cable can't watch the most important debate in NY State this election season. Which corporate bigwigs decided for us not to show this debate on, say PBS stations? Bites the big one.

Seriously, the most important debate of this season? Cuomo can lay in bed for the next 2 weeks and will win this by 20 points. You missed some comedy and that's about it.

I was also annoyed that I couldn't watch the debate on my non-cable tv. I would have figured PBS would have considered this important enough to broadcast.

Listening to it on radio, I was reminded that supposedly Nixon "won" his debate against Kennedy in the minds of those who heard it on radio; Kennedy "won" with he tv viewers. Given that, I'm guessing the prostitute (wait, which one?) won the tv debate last night.

@AJ - I have an 8 year old who's joined me in the voting booth since she was 2. She knows who GW Bush is, and B. Obama, C. Schumer and others. Does she care? Don't think so, but I bet she will.

These debates are more than just adult entertainment.

C.

Is it just me, or does the Rent Is Too Damn High guy look like Burl Ives?

SNL skit idea:

It's the night before Cuomo is sworn in as gov. The Paterson character and (the real) Jimmy McMillan are hold-up in the basement of the Governor's Mansion refusing to leave. In a Wayne's World style, they lament on such topics as: handing the reins back over to a privileged white kid, thawing relations with New Jersey, and the postponed destruction of the City's real estate market. Scene ends with Spitzer barging in and demanding his couch back.

This wasn't a debate. It was a forum. I guess realistically, you can't have a debate with that many candidates. A better way of going about it would be to have a series of real debates with 3-4 candidates in each (mixed up randomly).
Obviously Cuomo would never go along with that since he would lose popularity very quickly if anyone had the chance to challenge him.

Up until today, I thought people were being sarcastic and dismissive when they referred to the "rent is too damn high party". Like they were paraphrasing a lessor candidates platform & essentially saying "yeah yeah yeah he thinks rent is too high or whatever". I was shocked to learn that was the actual name of the party. And their webpage gives my 1997 geocities page a run for its money. I love New York!

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