Live-blogging III

Q to Obama: Here we are in LA, with the Industry in the crowd. Sex and violence on TV. What are you gonna do about it?

Obama: I’m a father of two daughters, so I’m concerned. They’re mostly on Nickleodeon, but they know how to use the remote. No censorship, but tools to empower parents to exercise control. To the Industry: watch your marketing. I don’t want my daughters seeing trailers for slasher flicks when they’re watching American Idol.

Q to HRC: Your husband has set off several firestorms. If your campaign can’t control the former President now, what will it be like when you’re in the white house?

HRC: [[False maniacal laugh.]] Both have passionate spouses. Glad to have Bill and Chelsea compaigning, but it’s my name on the ballot, and I will have to make the call. It’s a choice between the two of us. It’s a lonely job, an I’m asking for it.

Q to Obama: Aren’t the two of you the Dream Ticket?

Q to HRC. Your plan would cost $110 b. Are you going to raise taxes on the rich to pay for it?

I’m absolutely committed to making sure that anyone who needs health care can get health care.

55 billion in rolling back tax cuts; balance in cost savings. We spend the most money, but don’t get the best results. Rein in giveaways under Medicare Part B.

Electronic medical records; RAND says that would save $77B.

Would you consider Obama-Clinton or Clinton-Obama?

Obviously there’s a big difference. Premature to speculate. It’s a long road. In In choosing not just a VP but a cabinet, restore a sense of what is possible in government, which means having people with excellence, competence, integrity, willingness to disagree with me. As people struggle in their daily lives, they need to think that the government is on their side. Everyone in the government needs to know that they’re working for the people.

Q. Is that a yes? Would HRC be on your short list?

Obama Obviously, Hillary would be on anyone’s short list.

To HRC: How about you? Clinton-Obama or Obama-Clinton?

Clinton: I agree with everything Barack just said. See my on-line Town Hall Monday night.

Blitzer: We do the plugs here.

End of debate.

Summary: Couldn’t have gone much better for the Democratic Party. I think it also went very well for my guy. HRC dodged a bullet; the promised “character” questions never came up. I had assumed that neither one would want to run with the other, and that neither one would want the other as a running-mate. For one thing, that would leave the ticket one white male short of quota. But after tonight, it doesn’t seem impossible.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: