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I did not watch the last democratic debate and will not watch this one. How candidates stand in a group of 10 or so has nothing to do with how they will govern. One liners are entertaining but have nothing to do with how one would develop progressive policies to improve America. The only people who benefit from these debates are the media. They get ratings. They get to say who won or lost. They get to sell papers.

In the first debate, Harris took on Biden over busing. What the heck? Not busing today but his stance 40 years ago. Who cares? I’m sorry if Biden hasn’t evolved over 40 years there is something wrong with him. As long as he wasn’t on the courthouse steps yelling, “Segregation today, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever,” I can forgive Biden for whatever he did or said. Why was Harris bringing up something that happened over 40 years ago? Because she wants a leg up. She wants to do better in the polls. This is the problem with these debates. They aren’t debates where we can discuss a topic.

I’m sorry but I don’t think that we can get any meaningful information from these debates.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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