Another coal commercial. Still nothing about climate change.
King brings up the misuse of secrecy and presidential power. He goes to the subject of earmarks and accuses Obama of not disclosing his earmarks. Obama counters that this isn't true and mentions the searchable database proposal he has sponsored. He says he has favored more openness in government.
Hillary: Does McCain have a better position on earmarks? She says no because he has supported the irresponsible Bush tax cuts. Actually he voted against them. He is only supporting them now (flip flop!). She nailed him on deficit spending but again ignored the actual question because she is failing to mention that McCain did sponsor earmarks for Arizona. It's also a chance to bring up the Keating Five scandal.
Super delegates comes up next. Clinton says she isn't worried about them. He says he thinks these primaries and caucuses should count for something. That got a good hand.
One final question: something more philosophical...what was the moment of crisis that tested you most.
Obama: no one moment, it was more the trajectory of my life. I made mistakes and was off course. Learning to take responsibility for my own actions and then how I could take action to help people. The cumulative experience and the choice I made to reject a job on Wall Street to organize on the streets.
Clinton: "everyone knows I've faced some crises and challenging moments in my life." She said people ask her how she does it, how she keeps going and says what she faces has no comparison to what ordinary Americans face every day and mentions the veterans and what they face after losing limbs and have other wounds from war.
This is a good moment for Hillary. It shows a human side and compassion. A sneak glimpse past the robotic Hillary. This got a hearty and warm response from the audience. Coming at the end of the debate her comments about unity got a standing ovation and leaves a definite positive impression.