Democratic Convention Coverage Part 2

Thursday, September 06, 2012

President Barack Obama joins former President Bill Clinton on stage after Clinton's speech at the Democratic National Convention. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Coverage of Day 3 continues at Charlotte with guests from Radio Row at the convention center. Featuring:

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy on Radio Row in Charlotte
Jody Avirgan
Ben Smith on Radio Row in Charlotte
Jody Avirgan
Baratunde Thurston on Radio Row in Charlotte


Governor Dan Malloy, Ben Smith and Baratunde Thurston

Comments [27]

Mr. Lehrer,

What information are you privy to when
formulating your "what does O'bama have
to do to win re-election" answer?
Your answer, involving co-ordinated serial
resignations, an election involving candidates
who surreptitiously plan to resign in a way that will
allow them to re-install Barrack into the Presidency
without the "ordeal" of winning voter approval.

So what in the usual process do you not value or find unworthy - O'Bama's positive appeal to voters; the voters' intelligence in choosing a candidate to vote for?

Sep. 07 2012 12:30 AM
deb from long island, ny

5 words
for obama's speech this eve and going forward:
fiscal responsibility,
social justice,

Sep. 06 2012 05:15 PM
Torros from Florida

@Truth & Beauty: I'm sorry but *one* caller is not going to convince me that NPR isn't avoiding callers who are Independent or Libertarian. I find it strange that the supposedly pro-PEACE NPR so infrequently covers pro-peace Presidential candidates. You did the same thing with Kucinich in 2008 (I know you will attempt to use his interview yesterday as an example of showcasing his views, but NPR severely shafted him in 2008).

Sep. 06 2012 12:34 PM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Hmm, where is the satire?

Sep. 06 2012 11:54 AM
Leo from Queens

Government jobs have declined under this administration - though most of the cuts have come from state and local governments - because of reduced tax income and federal support to be able to fund these jobs (Teachers, cops, doctors, sanitation workers, etc.).
Republicans should be jubilant about this since aren't they for smaller government? This is what smaller government looks like - fewer teachers, cops, firemen, etc.
Clinton is right: Republicans don't know arithmetic. They want a smaller government but want a bigger military and security apparatus. Guess what, 64% of Federal employees are employed by the military and Homeland security. You can't reduce government unless you reduce the military and cut down on border security and the FBI

Sep. 06 2012 11:52 AM
mick from Inwood

Maybe the best thing about the Clinton speech, great though it was, is that he has legitimized calling out the pathological liars in the Republican leadership. Governor Malloy called the liars by their much deserved title, without hesitating or weasel words. The propaganda technique of the "Big Lie" was not invented by Ryan, Gingrich or Sununu, but these guys are the current masters of this nasty craft.

Sep. 06 2012 11:52 AM
Bobby G from East Village

Boy, the Democrats don't seem to be mincing words this campaign season.

Sep. 06 2012 11:45 AM
Sandra from Brooklyn

How does your guest intend to deal with the lack of money and ballooning of the debt with respect to these programs. It's nice to keep everything as it is, but not really a realistic outcome. This is the kind of info we need, not more scripted answers which are not really answers, I can get that on CNN.

Sep. 06 2012 11:44 AM
Jerry from nyc

Neither party is willing to really deal w/growing economic inequality which is very detrimental to this society, food stamps and housing projects won't fix it, only high tax on high income can.

Sep. 06 2012 11:43 AM
BK from Hoboken

Affordable Care Act? Dodd-Frank? Ending war in Iraq? Bin Laden dead? Avoiding depression? An of these things ring a bell? Take away the last item, since I admit it is difficult to argue what-ifs, but these are huge accomplishments even though it is a fact that Republican leadership immediately after Obama's inauguration got together and decide to deny him anything, even tax cuts! When was the last time Republicans fought a tax cut or demanded it be paid for by cutting elsewhere? They did exactly that with the payroll tax holiday. Why didn't they scream about offsetting cuts when it was time to extend tax breaks to billionaires?! Blind rage has taken over the Republican party. As many of these old white men Republicans die off, it will become more and more irrelevant.

Sep. 06 2012 11:41 AM
Sandra from Brooklyn

Brian, if guests are purely going to state the standard talking points we've heard thousands of times, please cut them off and try to get some unscripted information for us? Pretty please!

Sep. 06 2012 11:37 AM
Rachel from Sunset Park

I noticed that Clinton talked about private sector jobs. What if he would have talked about total jobs added? Would it have made a large difference? I am true supported, but wonder what the effect of gov't sector job loss has been.

Sep. 06 2012 11:30 AM
Raju from Jersey City

I wonder if republican has so much to talk about their achievement, why not any of Bush show up to talk about party, their candidate and achievements. The rousing welcome extended to President Clinton and the way he explained to the people the achievement of last four years was excellent time used of the delegate and national audience. In both convention democrats in Charlotte talks more constructive compare to clueless Florida Republican! The presence of Clinton and explanation to the people worth taking to bank.

Sep. 06 2012 11:30 AM

You keep saying that a former President can't run for a third term I always thought that they couldn't run for 3 consecutive terms but that they could re run after a gap. Thus at this point in time Clinton could run again. Let me know if I'm wrong please

Sep. 06 2012 11:26 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Warren has about a much charisma as a tax accountant. Shame

Sep. 06 2012 11:26 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Barry Obama in his acceptance speech 4 years ago amid the Greek columns in Denver chiding his opponent-

"if you don't have a record to run on, then paint your opponent as someone people should run from."

LOL....who knew that he was coining the strategy of his own re-election in 2012.

Hat tip to Dan Henninger in Wall Street Journal today.

Sep. 06 2012 11:25 AM


So why did Obama walk away from his mandate to apply the rule of law to Wall Street?

Sep. 06 2012 11:24 AM
Carlos from Manhattan

Sadly, the Clinton speech was eerily similar (in concept) to Cuomo's 1984 speech.

Cuomo: " .... we democrats believe in something else. We believe that the wagon train will make it all the way to the frontier with the whole family in tact ....".

Clinton: " ... if you want a 'your on your own" you should vote for the Republicans .... if you believe in a country of shared prosperity .... vote for Obama/Biden".

I say "sadly", because we've been dealing with this very same issue (Trickle Down economics) since Ronald Reagan. If we (as a country) could only make money every time an American "forgets" the past. We'd wipe out the deficit overnight!

Sep. 06 2012 11:23 AM

Clinton comments on we are all in this together is where i most vehemently disagree. I am for government programs to help people but don't force me to participate. Take my taxes and use it to help the poor or needy and i will be fine on my own. For example i do not pay social security i am in a private account. Pres Clinton tried to eliminate my ability to have a private account. I am still two decades away from retiring age but with my private account i could buy an annuity which would give more than Social Security would pay.Private accounts do exist and they work but the Democrats fight the ability of individuals to make their own choice.

Sep. 06 2012 11:23 AM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

@Lance -

Laws are just initiatives all of which can be twisted or subverted into something dangerous or harmful - especially when the best and brightest among us are hired to 'find the loophole' to the 'benefit' of the stockholders.

-NAFTA - Good idea but it clobbered Mexican and Central American agribusiness freeing up all those people to move here.
-MFN for China -Too bad the GOP strips out labor standards and eco-rules
-Repeal of Glass-Steagal - Blame Phil Gramm, not Clinton.

The point is that any President or Congress won't see every consequence but MUST ACT to correct when they see the problems that the legislation has created.

IMO, the GOP ideological blinders - or is it just their fidelity to their donors - prevent them from keeping true to their oaths of office.

Sep. 06 2012 11:20 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

Jonathan: I've heard Libertarian callers on this show, so you are incorrect. On the other hand, Brian may want to hear what Democrats and Republicans think about last nights convention speech today. I believe that yesterday or the day before, Brian took a call from a Libertarian who is planning to vote for Obama this year because of health care issues.

Sep. 06 2012 11:16 AM
Miranda from Queens


I don't think Brian will touch that - too involved.

Sep. 06 2012 11:15 AM
Jeff Pappas from Bozrah Ct

To Governor Dan Malloy,
Thanks for at least decriminalizeing small amts of MariJuana.
Do you realize that No Prohibitions work , all they do is give the gangs and criminals a Free Market and most of the violence comes from turf wars etc .The USA could save Billions just by not prosecuting MJ, except for vilolent acts. Then if you legalized, taxed and regulated it We could all have Health care !

Sep. 06 2012 11:14 AM
Lance from Manhattan

I posted the comment below in the 1st segment hoping it would start some conversation, but the show went off into Israel, etc.
It's wonderful how the media falls all over Clinton's speech... but please, he has some gall. Let's see, his administration oversaw the dismantling of the laws that controlled and separated investment firms from banks - guess what happened years later?! He oversaw the relaxation of mortgage rules for Fanny and Freddy --- oops, what happened down the road from that one? He oversaw the formation of NAFTA and liberalization of trade with China - how is that working out for us?

He also takes credit for an economy that was based on a bubble (had inflation held down purely by circumstance by the opening up of cheap labor and products from overseas allowing the fed to keep money cheap letting the stock bubble and later housing bubbles to grow ever larger) BTW, before the flames start, I am a proud liberal - but not a blind one!

Sep. 06 2012 11:09 AM

Is there a place on the internet where I can get a complete PDF of Bill Clintons speech last night, other than at the Times website? Will WNYC publish it?

Sep. 06 2012 10:51 AM


MSNBC would be a better analogy. The BL show is know longer interested in independent thought. I still tune in from time to time, but have accepted the fact that WNYC has become a partisan political organization. I have stopped giving money as a result, although I expect that they have picked up far more donations with their bias than they have lost. Talk radio, as a place for meaningful discourse, seems to have finally died in NY.

Sep. 06 2012 10:18 AM

How disappointing that you, as per usual, avoided any calls from Independent or Libertarian listeners. I called in twice and was repeatedly told by your rude call screener that you "were only taking calls from Democrats and Republicans". How could your call screeners be so clueless? It is not surprising that day after day - you fail to mention Gary Johnson even once. Your show is becoming more like FOX news by the minute.

Sep. 06 2012 08:49 AM

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