Whoa … Substance

It’s more than an hour into the debate, and finally we get a question that’s not about a pastor, a surrogate, a gaffe, or a flag pin.

On Iraq:

George and Charlie ask if Clinton would really pull out of Iraq even if military commanders said no. Her answer: Yes she would. Would Obama pull out no matter what after 16 months, as he has said? Yes he would, but he’d consult the brass first.

On Iran:

Clinton knocks Obama for saying he would meet with Ahmadinejad, who today questioned whether 9/11 really happened, she says.

On taxes:

You have to love the language of tax hikes. Clinton wouldn’t raise taxes for people with income above $200,000—she’d “let” them “go back” to what they were in the 1990s. Kind of like how Mitt Romney never raised taxes in Massachusetts , he just closed tax loopholes.

Obama says he would cut taxes for people with income under $75,000. I feel like every question should be a two-parter, with the second part being,

… and how would you pay for it?