SUBJECT: SHOULD THERE BE TAX CUTS IN THE TIME OF WAR?
While I will take tax cuts anytime, anyway I can get them, Clinton made a clear argument that historically, there are not tax cuts in the time of war in the history of our country.
Dole’s response was to make some glib remarks about how the Democrats want the White House, and suggested they both donate their tax cuts to the Clinton library.
Dole threw in an analogy as to how life isn’t always an “either/or” situation, in that we don’t have to choose between fighting Iraq or Al Qaeda, since we just captured Sheik Mohammed. How this relates to “tax cuts OR war” was not clear, and Clinton countered that leadership is about making choices.
Overall, “guns or butter” is kind of a dry, boring subject that frankly I don’t care much about, and it is hard to judge debating qualities in 90 seconds.
However, Clinton was more to the point, and while I agree with Dole, Clinton wins my debating vote because he stayed with the subject.
BILL CLINTON 1
BOB DOLE 0