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On Style, Likability
(Capuano) really failed to motivate undecided voters, because in terms of persona, he lost the debate.
--Todd Domke, Republican political analyst, on WBUR
I saw no evidence that (Coakley's) position as frontrunner was jeopardized based on last night's performance. But at the same time, she didn't sparkle, and nothing she said stood out as memorable.
--Ken Rudin, NPR's Political Junkie
It’s not that these four entirely capable contenders aren’t smart. They are. It’s just that they either suffer from an abundance of caution — that would be Attorney General Martha Coakley — or get stuck in the thicket of Washington-speak — that would be Rep. Michael Capuano.
--Boston Herald editorial
Do these candidates think they’re running for Governor of the United States? All their “I’ll do [this]” and “I’ll make [that] happen” is the biggest fairy tale this side of Cinderella. You’re running for a spot in the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body, people. You don’t make things happen in the U.S. Senate. Things happen to you.
--John Carroll, media analyst and professor, on his blog
Alan Khazei was relaxed and dynamic, a very good outing for a novice candidate. One too many references to his father being a doctor.
--John Keller, WBZ, in a blog post
The 'Kennedy Seat'
If not exactly reaching for the mantle of Kennedy, all four Democrats at least referred almost reverentially to it.
--Brian Mooney, in a Boston Globe article
None of the four Democrats vying to replace Ted Kennedy in the US Senate came across as the one true heir or heiress to the seat that Kennedy held for 47 years.
--Joan Vennochi, in a Globe column
Connecting With Bay Staters
Of the five Democrats on the stage at the Kennedy Library last night, the one who struck me as most senatorial was the moderator. Unlike the candidates, only Meade seemed consistently willing to acknowledge that the job of a senator often involves making difficult trade-offs.
--Jeff Jacoby, in a Globe column
Instead of seizing Meade’s out-of-the-gate offer to show their human side, the candidates each pulled the trigger on their rehearsed pitches.
--Jessica Van Sack and Hillary Chabot, in a Boston Herald article
She was really playing an empathetic woman and probably gave a lot of people who weren’t sure about her on the war, (she) gave them some comfort.
--Dan Payne, Democratic political analyst, on WBUR
On foreign policy, Pagliuca and Capuano opposed a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Coakley and Khazei fudged the question.
--WBUR's Fred Thys, political reporter, in his debate analysis
Investor and Celtics part-owner Stephen Pagliuca of Weston, whose omnipresent television ads have raised his once nonexistent profile with voters, is staking out turf as the candidate who says he can help create jobs. Citing his 25 years of business expertise, Pagliuca said he has been touched by voters who approached him in tears because they have lost their jobs. "I can really do something about this,’’ he said, “and put those skills to work bringing jobs back to Massachusetts."
--Brian Mooney, in a Globe article
None of the candidates understand anything about basic economics and all vigorously support passing a second stimulus package either because the first one failed or because it was wildly successful — take your pick.
--Arkady, in a post on the blog Right Condition
This program aired on October 27, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.
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