Clark and Key spar in final TV debate before election
Wed, 05 Nov 2008 12:00a.m.
Helen Clark and John Key got the chance to talk about their policies and New Zealand's future tonight in the last and the best of three TV leaders debates.
Not shouting at each other helped, maybe it was because two hours earlier another election had decided Barack Obama should become the world's most powerful leader.
TVNZ's Mark Sainsbury handled the encounter more carefully than he did the first one, and it paid off.
Answering viewers' questions, Miss Clark and Mr Key ranged over the economy, health, education, the environment and law and order.
Mr Key did well with policy detail this time, in most areas being able to promise to do more than the Government.
Miss Clark was better on caring for people, making sure they had jobs and were looked after by careful social policies.
Law and order got them going - gangs are in for a tough time whoever wins the election.
The economic debate flushed out thoughtful answers, so did Sainsbury when he asked them: "Do you believe in God?"
They seemed to agree that neither of them knew whether God existed.
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7/11/2008 4:46:49 p.m.
who cares anymore. i want helen clark back in and thats that. John key is immature and too childish to run our country.
6/11/2008 2:26:49 p.m.
I am confused, when Mark Sainsbury asked the question have either of you broken the law, John Key replied that he had and gave an example, Helen Clark on the other hand ummed and aaahed and then mentioned she may have had a speeding ticket or two i dont know. Does Forgery, destroying vital evidence during a police investigation, being investigated by the police who subsequently found a prima facia case against her but decided not to prosecute as it would not be in the best interests of the public count towards having broken the law????Can we trust someone like that????
6/11/2008 8:25:56 a.m.
The impression of this time wasting program was very similar to a car running on two flat tyres. No wonder, with the election campaign painfully drawn out to the stage where there is nothing interesting left to tell. It's all been said before many times over.
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