The debate opened with Brian Williams presenting both a clip of Hilary giving an angry press conference about a Health Care mailing Obama did, and a photograph that was leaked on the internet of Obama in native garb from a country he was visiting. The blog site said that the photo came from Hilary’s camp. It was a very strong opening opportunity for conflict/a fight between the candidates. Hilary responded about the mailing and talked about health care, then Williams asked about the photo.
Brian Williams to Senator Clinton: “…Can you say, unequivocally, that it did not (come from your camp)?”
Sen. Clinton: “Well, so far as I know it did not. And I certainly know nothing about it, and have made it clear that that’s not the kind of behavior that I condone or expect from the people who work in my campaign…”
Brian Williams: “Senator Obama, your response.”
Sen. Obama: “Well, first of all, I take Senator Clinton at her word. That she knew nothing about the photos. So I think that’s something we can set aside. I do want to focus on the issue of health care, because Senator Clinton has suggested that the flier that we put out, that the mailing we put out, was inaccurate. Now keep in mind that I’ve consistently said that I think Senator Clinton’s got a good health care plan. I think I have a good healthcare plan. I think mine is better. But I’ve said that 95% of our healthcare plan is similar. I have endured, over the course of this campaign, repeated negative mail from Senator Clinton, in Iowa, in Nevada, and other places, suggesting that I want to leave 15 million people out. According to Senator Clinton, that is accurate. I dispute it, and I think it is inaccurate. On the other hand, I don’t fault Senator Clinton for wanting to point out what she thinks is an advantage to her plan.”