I think Gordon Howie is the best communicator of the bunch. Unfortunately, mixed in with a couple half good ideas are some of the TEA party lunacy and mythology that makes his well-communicated message also the worst of the bunch. However when he was attacking Mike Rounds, he stuck the knife in and gutted poor Mikey. Rounds failed to answer any of Howie's tough, but pertinent questions and comments on Mike's nonsense retrograde GOP irrelevant, incorrect talking points against Obama and for the XL Pipeline.
Pressler was busily defending his old reputation and bragging up his seniority. He did effectively criticise the XL pipeline as a pollution threat designed to "move oil to Louisiana". Pressler did OK only. Nothing terrible or nothing great.
Mike Rounds talks fast spewing his tired support for the XL pipeline as a huge jobs creator and way to reduce US fuel prices. Both claims are just plain lies and Rounds knows it. Rounds is all about ending "Obamacare" and you guessed it, replacing it with something pushed by insurance company executives making tens of millions per year off their policy holders. Rounds refuses to meaningfully discuss the problems with EB-5, the Benda suicide, the state money he dumped into his own companies, etc. etc.
Rick Weiland did better than he has in the past, but he needs to get more into the 1, 2, 3 points that can be remembered and hammered quickly. I suspect that Rick Weiland will be the primary beneficiary of the KELO-LAND debate if it wasn't kind of a 4-way draw. Of course, YMMV.
[[Note: This morning, KELO had their take on the debate story: KELOLAND--Senate Debate. As usual, Cory Heidelberger has some interesting perspectives on the debate at Madville Times. Link in list to left.]]]]
***Stay tuned and look for a video of the KELO debate if you missed it. Probably no more face-to-face debates between these candidates before the election--- Doug Wiken