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BC New Democrat leader Carole James ‘crushes’ BC Liberal leader Gordon Campbell in 2009 television debate. (12 Undecided’s)
  May 04, 2009

Question #1
Between 1-10 with 10 the highest score and 1 the lowest score—how would you rate the three leaders in the television debates? (Rounded to one half)
Carole James (7.5)     %
Jane Sterk (5.5)     %
Gordon Campbell (4.5)     %
Commentary
Carole James leader of the BC New Democrats ‘Crushed’ Gordon Campbell in the television debate with little more than a week to go before the May 12, 2009 provincial election.
A complete natural on camera Carole James is—positive, attractive—and with an uncanny ability to speak clearly, naturally and flawlessly. She was the clear winner.
Premier Campbell is not as comfortable in front of the television as he may be in a boardroom, like Nixon vs. Kennedy. He was often angry, and particularly condescending---unable to properly defend his government’s record against NDP leader Carole James criticisms.
Even when one ‘regular person’ question specifically asked the candidates to not go negative—Gordon Campbell could not help himself—often referring to his main competitor by the pronoun ‘she’—(something my mother would cuff me for).
My favorite comments from my dozen Undecided would best characterize the debate as follow: I might buy stock in Gordon Campbell’s company, I would let Jane Sterk hold money for me, but I will vote for Carole James.
Glen P. Robbins

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