The first “debate” for Wisconsin governor between Scott Walker and Tom Barrett was held tonight. The next will be Oct. 8 and one will follow Oct. 15. There’s video here if you want to see it.
Here are my impressions.
First of all, it was not a debate. Opening statements were made by both candidates and then a panel of three took turns asking questions. There was little room or time for rebuttal. The debate ended with closing statements by both candidates.
Both seemed well-prepared. I didn’t notice any slip-ups although I’m sure some one will find some.
Nor did I hear any new ground. Most of the talking points I’d heard before. The themes for Walker were tax cuts and getting government to work for people again. Barrett’s themes were that Wisconsin needs adult leadership and we have serious problems that need serious answers.
Barrett was more often on the attack. Walker was content, for the most part, to present his program, although he attacked as well.
The winner? Each side will claim victory, although the format precludes determining a clear winner.