If you're even a bit of a political animal as I am, then watching the US presidential race is a bit of a past-time, and with SBS World News service providing the excellent PBS.org "News Hour", the coverage isn't as full of sensationalist or hysterical hyperbole as the mainstream wading pool fare can get. Last night MOH and I watched and listened with interest when Democrat Senator Chris Dodd was interviewed. From his first words, he got our attention, and given we're still bathing in the afterglow of a change of Federal Govt. here in Australia, that's quite something. This is the first time we've had the opportunity to see and hear him, and while he didn't even mention the critical issue of our time (climate change), we were both very impressed with his composure, demeanour and intelligence. He is the first US presidential candidate among the field so far, to really "ring my chimes" and make such a positive impression (and that includes what I've seen and heard so far of Clinton, Obama, Edwards, Biden, Kucinich et al, and any of the Republican candidates). It will be interesting to follow how he stacks up against the early and favoured front runners of Clinton, Obama and Edwards.
Dodd Reflects on Political Experience, State of the U.S. EconomyIn the latest in a series of in-depth interviews with 2008 presidential candidates, Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., reflects on his extensive political experience, why he's chosen to run for the White House in 2008 and the volatile state of the U.S. economy.