WBEZ | debates http://www.wbez.org/tags/debates Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Yes, people are placing bets on politics. Here's how. http://www.wbez.org/news/yes-people-are-placing-bets-politics-heres-how-112985 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/2335883022_54f3d623cf_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>When Donald Trump attacked Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., early in Wednesday night&#39;s Republican presidential debate, the crowd at Washington D.C.&#39;s Union Pub roared.</p><p>&quot;Yeah! Boom!&quot; yelled one guy in the packed crowd, as Trump said he &quot;never attacked [Paul] on his looks, and believe me, there&#39;s plenty of subject matter right there.&quot;</p><p>One person in the crowd wasn&#39;t so thrilled, though. It&#39;s not because Michael Burleson was backing Paul, but because he had money riding on the situation. Trading on a website called PredictIt, Burleson had wagered that Trump would not be the candidate with the most speaking time.</p><p>Before the debate began, Burleson explained he was strategically zigging where the market zagged.</p><p>&quot;Everyone in the market is favoring that he&#39;s going to speak the most, and I bet against that,&quot; Burleson explained before the debate started. &quot;I feel like I could make some good money.&quot;</p><p>After the Paul exchange, he wasn&#39;t so sure.</p><p>&quot;I feel like this was a bad bet,&quot; Burleson conceded.</p><p>And it was: Trump ended up with the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/09/16/440827414/on-the-clock-who-spoke-the-longest">most speaking time</a>.</p><p>But Burleson said the Trump wager aside, he&#39;s been earning money on PredictIt, an increasingly popular site that allows traders to buy and sell shares on political topics.</p><p><strong>Who&#39;s behind this and how does it work exactly?</strong></p><p>The site is run by John Arisotle Phillips, who also heads one of the country&#39;s largest political data gathering-operations. PredictIt has been online for a little less than a year, and allows traders to buy &quot;yes&quot; or &quot;no&quot; shares in specific questions about politics and upcoming elections.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s a winner-take-all $1 contract, where one person is saying, &#39;Yes this will happen,&#39; and one person is saying, &#39;No, it won&#39;t happen,&#39;&quot; explained Phillips at a PredictIt debate watch party in Washington, D.C. &quot;And we put the &#39;yes&#39; person together with the &#39;no&#39; person, and that&#39;s how we get the market.&quot;</p><p>The value of the yes or no options rise and fall depending on supply and depend, just like in any other stock market. PredictIt offers all sorts of questions:</p><ul><li>Who will win the Iowa caucuses? (Bernie Sanders is trading ahead of Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side.)</li><li>Will the government shut down on October 1? (&#39;No&#39; was trading at 67 cents a share there as of Thursday afternoon.)</li></ul><p>Traders can buy or dump stock at any point, though PredictIt takes a cut of profits.</p><p><strong>How is this legal?</strong></p><p>If this sounds familiar, that&#39;s because another site, Intrade, offered similar markets &mdash;<a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewrice/the-fall-of-intrade-and-the-business-of-betting-on-real-life#.ky9madZqR">until it shut down</a>&nbsp;after U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission filed a lawsuit.</p><p>Phillips, though, asked for, and received, permission to operate from the commission. Among the restrictions imposed by the agreement: $850 limits on trades. The site is technically an educational project, as Aristotle&#39;s company is partnering with a New Zealand university to run the site. Phillips said data is being made available to other schools, as well.</p><div class="bucketwrap statichtml" id="res441302018" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 27px; padding: 0px 15px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18.6667px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; position: relative; float: none; width: auto; clear: left; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><div id="responsive-embed-debate-betting-20150915" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; text-align: center;"><p data-pym-src="http://apps.npr.org/dailygraphics/graphics/debate-betting-20150915/child.html">&nbsp;</p><script src="http://apps.npr.org/dailygraphics/graphics/debate-betting-20150915/js/lib/pym.js" type="text/javascript"></script></div></div><div class="listenicon" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; position: absolute; z-index: 1; top: 11px; left: 10px;">&nbsp;</div><h3><strong>Who was the best bet in Wednesday&#39;s debate?</strong></h3><p>During the debate Wednesday night, traders were offered a chance to buy shares in the candidate they thought would get the best polling bounce from the debate. As the three-hour-plus forum went on, one candidate stood out from the pack: Carly Fiorina.</p><p>Based partially on her performance in the August &quot;JV&quot; debate, Fiorina stock was selling higher than any other candidate before the debate began. About an hour into the forum, right after her answers about Iran and Planned Parenthood and her exchange with Trump about his recent critique of her &#39;face,&#39; Fiorina&#39;s stock began to rapidly climb.</p><p>That was good news for Christopher Knight, a PredictIt trader attending the site&#39;s watch party, who bought Fiorinia shares before the event began.</p><p>Knight has only been using the site for a week, but he&#39;s already knee-deep in trades.</p><p>&quot;I have some shares on Bernie [Sanders],&quot; he said. &quot;Even if he doesn&#39;t win, I think his support is going to continue to increase for awhile. I&#39;ve got some money on the government shutdown. You name it, I&#39;m well diversified.&quot;</p><p><strong>Are people really making money off this?</strong></p><p>Daniel Kaseff is another well-diversified trader. He has one of PredictIt&#39;s highest returns-on-investment, and pocketed more than $1,200 in earnings on his way to the site&#39;s August debate-viewing party, because he noticed a new poll had changed the dynamics of a question about President Barack Obama&#39;s approval rating.</p><p>He said the site initially caught his eye because he was interested in both politics and economics.</p><p>&quot;And then you get into it,&quot; Kaseff said, &quot;and you think, OK, I can actually make some money on this.&quot;</p><p>He initially dropped $20 into the site, and trade after trade after trade, saw that grow to more than $5,000.</p><p>But here&#39;s the thing about Kaseff: he almost didn&#39;t get into Wednesday&#39;s debate party, because he&#39;s not old enough to drink.</p><p>The 19-year-old George Washington University sophomore was sipping a cup of water as he discussed his earnings, his strategies, and his future plans.</p><p>&quot;I don&#39;t really know,&quot; when asked what he hoped to do post-graduation, &quot;probably something related to politics. That&#39;s my major, and it&#39;s working out for me so far.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/09/18/441293531/yes-people-are-placing-bets-on-politics-heres-how?ft=nprml&amp;f=441293531" target="_blank"><em>via NPR&#39;s </em></a><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/09/18/441293531/yes-people-are-placing-bets-on-politics-heres-how?ft=nprml&amp;f=441293531" target="_blank">It&#39;s</a></em><a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/09/18/441293531/yes-people-are-placing-bets-on-politics-heres-how?ft=nprml&amp;f=441293531" target="_blank"><em> All Politics</em></a></p></p> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 12:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/yes-people-are-placing-bets-politics-heres-how-112985 Five countries that will be mentioned during tonight’s debate http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-10/five-countries-will-be-mentioned-during-tonight%E2%80%99s-debate-103298 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6564_AP164381960866-scr.jpg" style="height: 362px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="President Barack Obama stretches to shakes hands with supporters after speaking about the choice facing women in the upcoming election. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)" /></div><p><strong>1. Libya</strong><br /><br />Duh. Mitt Romney&rsquo;s had two chances to go at President Barack Obama on this issue, where there&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/22/us/politics/explanation-for-benghazi-attack-under-scrutiny.html?hp">enough haze for him to make some hay</a>, but has blown both. Which means that <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-10/five-obama-vulnerabilities-debate-102828">if there&rsquo;s one issue</a>, one question, that the Romney debate prep team has been hammering, it&rsquo;s this one. I know everybody was blown away by Obama&rsquo;s answer last time, but he missed an opportunity to poke back at Republicans, and particularly at Romney&rsquo;s VP choice Paul Ryan, all of whom <a href="http://www.drudge.com/news/161889/gop-cut-embassy-security-funding">voted against more funding for embassy security</a>, not just in Libya, but all over the world. C&rsquo;mon.<br /><br /><strong>2. Iran</strong><br /><br />Iran suddenly says it&rsquo;s <a href="http://swampland.time.com/2012/10/22/the-real-foreign-policy-issue-war-with-iran/">willing to talk</a>, but is just waiting for the elections to know who the chat will be with. Obama says nothing&rsquo;s new on our end and, of course, we talk. Romney says Obama&rsquo;s weak, weak, weak, but can&rsquo;t seem to say what he&rsquo;d do different. If Obama doesn&rsquo;t turn this around and make it seem like Romney wants to bomb Tehran tomorrow, it&rsquo;ll be another missed opportunity -- especially to bring back <a href="http://original.antiwar.com/buchanan/2012/10/18/will-obama-paint-mitt-as-warmonger/">women voters, who are particularly anti-war</a>.<br /><br /><strong>3. Israel</strong><br /><br />The men don&rsquo;t differ much on actual Israel policy, except for the fact that Romney has pretty much said<a href="http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2012/1022/1224325542216.html"> he&rsquo;ll back Israel on a unilateral strike against Iran</a> if Israel feels threatened. This one isn&rsquo;t actually a Middle East concern -- this is all about Florida, where Romney looks poised to win, <a href="http://www.politico.com/p/2012-election/polls/president">leading in most polls</a>. He&rsquo;s hoping seniors in Florida forget his Medicare policies and vote ethno-religiously.<br /><br /><strong>4. Cuba</strong><br /><br />The biggest strawman in American politics, Cuba was mentioned a handful of times at the GOP convention and will come back for two reasons: one, rumors were hot all last week that Fidel Castro was on ice and, two, <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1012/82695.html">Florida</a>. Never mind that the pendulum is swinging away from hard right politics in the Cuban-American community as those who were born and/or raised in the U.S. come of age. And never mind that the Latino group that has the power to swing the state is now the Puerto Ricans in Orange and Osceola counties. Never mind, too, that most Puerto Ricans don&rsquo;t give a twit about a Cuba and that the only real question is whether they&rsquo;re going to show up at the polls -- in Florida, Puerto Ricans have numbers, even on registration, but blow it on attendance -- but nobody can keep themselves, it seems, from playing the useless Cuba card.<br /><br /><strong>5. China</strong><br /><br />Romney will continue to <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/22/world/asia/grant-china-us-election-scapegoat/index.html">accuse the Chinese</a> of being currency manipulators (they are) but offer no plan. And Obama, with an opportunity here to make Romney squirm about the Chinese factory with virtual <a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-presidential-campaign/leaked-video-shows-romney-recalling-china-trip-20120916">slave women workers</a>&nbsp;that Bain may or may not have bought while Romney was at the helm, will probably not mention it. But he should.</p></p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 10:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-10/five-countries-will-be-mentioned-during-tonight%E2%80%99s-debate-103298 Chicago debate watch parties draw rowdy crowds http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-debate-watch-parties-draw-rowdy-crowds-103188 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Picture4_0.png" alt="" /><p><p>At the Mayne Stage theater in Rogers Park, a rowdy crowd cheered Mitt Romney, booed President Barack Obama and shouted at the moderator as they watched the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/aggressive-obama-while-romney-gives-good-he-gets-town-hall-presidential-debate-103185" target="_blank">second presidential debate</a> on a 22-foot screen.</p><p>About a hundred people gathered in the North Side neighborhood at the Chicago Republican Party&rsquo;s official debate watch party on Tuesday night.</p><p>West Avondale resident Angel Trichak said the town hall format made for a more interesting debate.</p><p>&ldquo;The debate was very dynamic,&rdquo; Trichak said. &ldquo;Both candidates were alive and I think they were very to the point. I like what each had to say about the questions that were asked and both put up a good fight.&rdquo;</p><p>Trichak said she&rsquo;s still a Romney supporter, but that Obama improved in the second debate.</p><p>&ldquo;In this debate [Obama] was much more alive and had a little more fire into his conversations,&rdquo; Trichak said.</p><div class="image-insert-image ">Adam Robinson of the Chicago Republican Party said Romney thrived in the town hall format.</div><p>&ldquo;He won because he had better ideas,&rdquo; Robinson said. &ldquo;As he&rsquo;s had in the first debate, as he&rsquo;s had in this debate, as he&rsquo;ll have in the next debate.&rdquo;</p><p>GOP leaders from around the state attended the watch party.</p><p>State Treasurer Dan Rutherford joked about the debate party location while trying to fire up the Republican crowd.</p><p>They were watching from the 49th ward - where Obama got about 90 percent of the vote in 2008.</p><p>Just down the block at the Heartland Cafe, Democrats gathered for their own watch party and organized volunteers to make calls to undecided voters in Iowa.</p><p>Meanwhile, on the South Side, more than two dozen people gathered at a diner in Hyde Park to watch Mitt Romney debate with their neighbor. President Barack Obama has strong support in the South Side neighborhood where he still owns a home.</p><p>What started off as a boisterous crowd at popular local hang out Clarke&rsquo;s, turned almost silent by the end of the evening.</p><p>Lola Flores, a Hyde Park resident and debate watcher, said she&rsquo;s still with Obama despite last week&rsquo;s poor debate performance.</p><p>&ldquo;He seemed more engaged,&quot; Flores said. &quot;I guess he heard everybody&#39;s complaint.&rdquo;</p><p>While customers listened and watched the debate on large flat screen televisions, the wait staff also paused to take in the conversation and at times quietly cheered when Obama seemed to make a point they agreed with.</p><p>Ernest Ledbetter, one of the patrons at Clarke&#39;s, said he&rsquo;s disappointed in some of Obama&rsquo;s past policies, but hasn&rsquo;t given up on him yet.</p><p>&quot;I don&rsquo;t agree with everything that he&rsquo;s done, however I don&#39;t think four years is a fair enough survey of what he can do,&quot; Ledbetter said. &quot;I think the first four years was more so damage control and cleanup and the next four years can be a good evaluation of who he is as a president.&quot;</p></p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 01:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-debate-watch-parties-draw-rowdy-crowds-103188 Biden wins (Yes, he did) http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-10/biden-wins-yes-he-did-103099 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6395_BidenRyanDebates-scr.jpg" style="height: 260px; width: 620px; " title="Biden and Ryan were both effective in the VP debates" /></div><p>Vice president Joe Biden did what he had to do Thursday night: Energize the base.<br /><br />His job was just that narrow.<br /><br />And, frankly, Paul Ryan, his GOP opponent, also did what he had to do last night: Not screw up. Look grown up. Hold on.<br /><br />His job was equally laser focused.<br /><br />But in the end, I&rsquo;ll give the win to Biden for two reasons:<br /><br />1. He affected the people he needed to affect. He may not have edged Ryan by much in the insta-post-debate polls, but he moved Democrats out of a significant depression. That&rsquo;s no small thing considering the damage President Barack Obama brought on the ticket last week.<br /><br />2. Everyone in GOPlandia today is talking about Biden&rsquo;s teeth, rudeness, laugh, etc. In other words, no one&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;even on the red team &mdash; is pretending their man Ryan won on points. And no one is proposing Biden blew it on substance. They&rsquo;re saying their man held his own &mdash; which he did&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;and Biden laughed at him&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;which he most surely did.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 04:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-10/biden-wins-yes-he-did-103099 Five Obama vulnerabilities in debate http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-10/five-obama-vulnerabilities-debate-102828 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP586456659582.jpg" style="width: 620px; " title="President Obama campaigning on the phone before the debates. (AP)" /></div><p>You know what&rsquo;s a bad combo? People are starting to think that President Obama has it in the bag and that Mitt Romney can&rsquo;t possibly score at Wednesday&rsquo;s first presidential debate.<br /><br />Here&rsquo;s the bottom line: Mitt Romney can do whatever he wants and it&rsquo;ll probably be fine.<br /><br />Why? Because he&rsquo;s down in the polls &mdash; not by a lot, but enough that any strategy will be forgiven as a last resort. Zingers? Sure. Attack the president? Why not? Lie as if his life depends on it? It doesn&rsquo;t, but he might think it does.<br /><br />The truth is that both Romney and Obama are pretty good debaters. Obama&rsquo;s been out there deflecting left and right since the campaign started, flashing that bright and toothy grin, quick with the quip, and looking downright presidential.<br /><br />And Romney absolutely acquitted himself in all 500 GOP primary debates. Well-prepared, measured, sane seeming (a rare Republican primary quality) and as facile a liar as you can imagine. Sure, he tripped on that weird $10,000 bet with Rick Perry, and he tagged so far to the right that voters in Massachusetts &nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;who actually supported him as governor &nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;are going to deliver their state for Obama by about 30 points. But if there&rsquo;s a reason Romney&rsquo;s the GOP nominee, it&rsquo;s because he knows how to seem reasonable.<br /><br />In this first debate, the one to worry about is Obama. His signifcant and barely checked self-regard is a continuing concern but, the fact is, he&rsquo;s also vulnerable in some very real ways on some very real issues.<br /><br />Never mind the economy, or even the terrible jobs report coming out on Friday. Consider these:</p><p>1. <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/chaos-at-the-consulate-as-militants-attack/2012/09/12/f92ad9d2-fcfe-11e1-8adc-499661afe377_story.html">Libya</a>: No matter how you slice this issue, when there are four dead Americans at the end of the story, it doesn&rsquo;t look good for whomever is president. The fact that the White House seemed as initially confused as Romney on what was going on doesn&rsquo;t make their case for having a cool steady hand. Surprisingly, though the people of Libya have since rallied <a href="http://imgur.com/a/tlCyI">in support of the U.S.</a> and the Libyan government has taken steps to arrest the perpetrators, neither the White House nor the U.S. media have been good at showing that part of the story.<br /><br />2. Univisión just broadcast a <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/10/more-fast-and-furious-guns-linked-to-mexican-crimes/">devastating report on the Fast and Furious gun scandal</a>.&nbsp;Obama was damn lucky it was in Spanish and most of his detractors basically never heard about it. But if by chance Craig Romney, the Spanish-speaking son, happened to catch it, Romney padre could hit fast and furiously with the details of this absolutely irresponsible gun-running program. Between this and Libya, it could cost Obama few foreign policy points of his advantage on Romney.<br /><br />3. &ldquo;If I don&rsquo;t have this done in three years, then there&rsquo;s going to be <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1012/81895_Page2.html#ixzz289aVPzaf">a one-term proposition</a>.&rdquo; Remember that? It was Obama in a 2009 NBC interview. It doesn&rsquo;t matter that he was talking about the pace of recovery rather than recovery itself. That&rsquo;s a heck of a subtlety and if anybody on Romney&rsquo;s team is thinking (admittedly a long shot), then this little chestnut will be front and center. That&rsquo;s one ugly little quote that requires a lot of massaging and a sprinkle of suspension of disbelief to be swallowed.<br /><br />4. A significant number of Americans still think the <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/direction_of_country-902.html">country&rsquo;s on the wrong track</a> and give Obama <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_obama_job_approval-1044.html">less than 50 percent approval</a>. No president has ever been re-elected with numbers that low, ever.<br /><br />5. While the media focuses a whole lot on how unlikeable Romney is, it tends to dismiss Obama&rsquo;s haters as racists and the basic point gets missed entirely: Some people <em>hate </em>Obama. It hardly matters why. (Don&rsquo;t write in, please, to tell me it <em>does</em> matter. Nothing will change by Wednesday night on this score so, for practical purposes, it <em>doesn&rsquo;t </em>matter.) They loathe and despise him. And whatever tiny misstep the president might make will be amplified and pounced on by the conservative media until the next debate. Mark my words: There will be a turn of phrase, a look, a thing, that conservatives will be blasting from the rooftops post debate as the undeniable proof that Obama is Satan&rsquo;s child.</p></p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 10:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-10/five-obama-vulnerabilities-debate-102828 Duckworth, Krishnamoorthi debate their differences, or lack thereof http://www.wbez.org/story/duckworth-krishnamoorthi-debate-their-differences-or-lack-thereof-97080 <p><p>Democrats running for Congress in Chicago's northwest suburbs found very little to disagree about during a debate Wednesday at WTTW public television.</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><strong>MORE ON THIS RACE: </strong>Discussion on Thursday's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/content-categories/100708"><em>Afternoon Shift with Steve Edwards</em></a><br> <audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332747483-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-march/2012-03-08/afternoonshift20120308hudzik.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><br> <strong>WATCH THE DEBATE: </strong>Posted at WTTW's <a href="http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2012/03/07/8th-district-democratic-primary-forum"><em>Chicago Tonight</em></a></p></div></div><p>Voters in Illinois' 8th Congressional District Democratic primary had better not be counting on policy differences to help make up their minds. Take, for instance, Iran. Are sanctions working?</p><p>"I think they are working," candidate Raja Krishnamoorthi said.</p><p>"I think the sanctions have worked significantly," Tammy Duckworth said in her reply.</p><p>And what about other options for Iran?</p><p>"I do agree with the president that all options should be on the table," Duckworth said, agreeing not just with Mr. Obama, but also Krishnamoorthi.</p><p>"Obviously all options are on the table," Krishnamoorthi said.</p><p>Both said the big difference in the race is experience. Duckworth is a former government official and injured Iraq war veteran. Kroshnamoorthi is a former government official who now runs a small business.</p><p>The only other rift at the debate was about their differing (or not really differering, depending on who's talking) economic plans.</p><p>Krishnamoorthi didn't complain about anything in Duckworth's proposal. He just said it's too short.</p><p>"The question before voters here is: do you want substance or do you want soundbites?" he said.</p><p>By our count, Krishnamoorthi's "<a href="http://rajaforcongress.com/economic-plan-pdf">Renewing Prosperity</a>" plan has about 6,800 words, not counting the title page or table of contents. Duckworth's "<a href="http://www.tammyduckworth.com/jobsplan/">Getting American Back to Work</a>" plan has roughly 1,400.</p><p>"I think that [criticism] was silly," Duckworth told reporters after the debate.</p><p>Duckworth said the plans are essentially the same, but her experience "at the state level, at the federal level is going to be the one where I can actually execute the items in the plan."</p><p>Both proposals talk of the debt, taxes, infrastructure and education spending. Krishnamoorthi's goes broader, touching on the housing crisis and Social Security.</p><p>The winner of the March 20th primary faces freshman U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh in November. Walsh is running unopposed in the Republican primary.</p></p> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 03:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/duckworth-krishnamoorthi-debate-their-differences-or-lack-thereof-97080 Senator Durbin considers the future of the debt debates http://www.wbez.org/story/senator-durbin-considers-future-debt-debates-90277 <p><p>Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has revealed a bit more about what the future of the federal debt debates will look like.</p><p>Part of the agreement that extended the debt ceiling called for the creation of a bipartisan congressional committee made up of senators and representatives. That 12-person committee would be responsible for planning more than $1 trillion in cuts.</p><p>On Monday, Durbin said, "What lies ahead is going to be interesting."</p><p>"If they approve it, that'll be the roadmap for the next $1.5 trillion in cuts," said Durbin. "If they don't approve it, automatic cuts take place, all on the spending side - nothing in entitlements, nothing in revenue. But they're pretty deep cuts."</p><p>The 12-person committee will have 10 weeks to come up with the proposal, which will require a majority vote to be passed. Durbin said he doesn't know who will be on the committee.</p></p> Mon, 08 Aug 2011 19:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/senator-durbin-considers-future-debt-debates-90277 All candidates but Emanuel vow - if elected - to debate future opponents http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel/all-candidates-emanuel-vow-if-elected-debate-future-opponents <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//WGNDebate_Getty.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>All but one of the candidates for Chicago mayor are vowing that if they win, they'll take part in debates when running for re-election.</p><p>That's something Mayor Richard Daley never did. Daley has not debated his opponents since he was first elected to the office in 1989.</p><p>In the course of a campaign, candidates promise they'll do a lot of things. Rahm Emanuel has said if he gets elected, he will expand after-school programs and hire some more police. But he would not promise to debate future opponents if he becomes mayor.</p><p>&quot;First of all, let me get elected, and I promise you will be there and I'll answer that question directly,&quot; Emanuel said Monday morning, at a short news conference after taking advantage of early voting on Chicago's West Side. &quot;But so you know in this...campaign, I [will have] participated in six separate televised debate[s].&quot;</p><p>Emanuel is the only candidate in the race for mayor not to directly answer the question. His five opponents - Gery Chico, Miguel del Valle, Carol Moseley Braun, Patricia Van Pelt Watkins and Bill &quot;Dock&quot; Walls - each committed to future debates if they get elected mayor.</p><p>&quot;I am going to be the most accessible mayor in the history of the city of Chicago,&quot; del Valle said Monday, following a campaign event in the city's Humboldt Park neighborhood. &quot;I would go to all the debates because you owe it to the voters of the city of Chicago.&quot;</p><p>It would be the first time an incumbent Chicago mayor took part in a campaign debate in more than two decades.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 01 Feb 2011 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel/all-candidates-emanuel-vow-if-elected-debate-future-opponents Election 2011: Guide to upcoming mayoral debates http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/election-2011-guide-upcoming-mayoral-debates <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//uic-forum.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-13/uic-forum.jpg" title="" alt="" style="width: 479px; height: 318px;" /></p><p><em>Updated at 1:06pm on 2/1/11</em></p><p><em>Updated at: 1:48pm on 1/12/11</em></p><p><em>Updated at: 5:42pm on 1/10/11</em></p><p><em>Updated at:&nbsp; 2:03pm on 1/10/11</em></p><p><em>Updated at: 12:20pm on 1/10/11 <br /></em></p><p><em>Updated at:&nbsp; 2:02pm on 1/04/11</em></p><p><em>Updated at: 10:12pm on 12/20/10</em></p><p><em>Updated at:&nbsp; 8:46am on 12/15/10</em></p><p>Like the frigid temperatures, mayoral debate season has arrived in full force in Chicago.</p><p>As many as 12 forums have been scheduled between now and the February 22nd run-off, including the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvYCpLvf8ek">first official mayoral forum held on December 8th at UIC</a>.</p><p>In service to you, dear reader, we're providing a one-stop shop for the scheduled debates as we know them.&nbsp; Caveat: All details are subject to change.</p><p><u><strong>Tuesday, December 14th</strong></u></p><p>What: &nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.jcua.org/site/Calendar/219438971?view=Detail&amp;id=102881">New Chicago 2011 Mayoral Forum</a></p><p>When:&nbsp;&nbsp; 6:30pm</p><p>Where:&nbsp; UIC Forum 725 W. Roosevelt Road</p><p>Who:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The New Chicago 2011 Coalition, featuring 20 community groups including the JCUA, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and the Southwest Youth Collaborative.</p><p><u><strong>Wednesday, December 15th</strong></u></p><p>What:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://illinoispolicy.org/news/article.asp?ArticleSource=3552">Chicago Mayoral Forum on Education</a></p><p>When:&nbsp;&nbsp; 7pm</p><p>Where:&nbsp; Walter Payton&nbsp;College Prep, 1034 N. Wells</p><p>Who:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Raise Your Hand, Illinois Policy Institute, Northside Democracy in America</p><p>Details: &nbsp;Andy Shaw, moderator</p><p><u><strong>Thursday, December 16th</strong></u></p><p>What:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.ctunet.com/">Chicago Teachers Union Mayoral Forum on Public Edu</a></p><p>When:&nbsp;&nbsp; 6pm</p><p>Where:&nbsp; Operating Engineers Hall (2260 S. Grove Ave, Chicago, IL)</p><p>Who:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Chicago Teachers Union, Access Chicago, SEIU&nbsp;Local 73</p><p><u><strong>Tuesday, January 11th</strong></u></p><p>What:&nbsp; National Public Housing Museum Mayoral Candidate Forum</p><p>When:&nbsp; 5pm-7pm</p><p>Where:&nbsp; Chicago Cultural Center,&nbsp;Claudia Cassidy Theater</p><p>Who: <a href="http://www.publichousingmuseum.org/">&nbsp;National Public Housing Museum</a></p><p><u><strong>Monday, January 17th</strong></u></p><p>What:&nbsp; <a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2011/01/wttws_chicago_tonight_hosts_fi.html">WTTW <em>Chicago Tonight</em> Debate</a></p><p>When:&nbsp; 7pm (tape delayed)</p><p>Where:&nbsp; WTTW Channel 11</p><p>Who:&nbsp; WTTW and the Mikva Challenge</p><p>Details:&nbsp; First broadcast debate; first attended by Emanuel.&nbsp; Focus on issues of importance to youth and featuring audience of Chicago Public High School students; Candidates confirmed include Chico, Del Valle, Emanuel, Moseley-Braun; Moderators:&nbsp; Phil Ponce &amp; Carol Marin</p><p><u><strong>Wednesday,&nbsp;January 19th </strong></u></p><p>What: Chicago Mayoral Forum on Community &amp; Environmental Issues</p><p>When:&nbsp; 7pm-9pm</p><p>Where:&nbsp; Chicago Marriott - Downtown (Magnificent Mile)&nbsp; 540 N. Michigan Ave (7th Fl)</p><p>Who:&nbsp; Community and environmental organizations, including SOAR, Openlands, ELPC, and others.</p><p>Details:&nbsp; Confirmed candidates include Chico, Del Valle, and Moseley Braun.&nbsp; Moderator will be Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association.</p><p><u><strong>Wednesday, January 19th (TBD)<br /></strong></u></p><p>What:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The CSU&nbsp;Mayoral Forum</p><p>When:&nbsp;&nbsp; TBD</p><p>Where:&nbsp; Chicago State University, New Academic Library, 9501 S. King Drive</p><p>Who:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Chicago State University</p><p><u><strong>Thursday, January 27th</strong></u></p><p>What:&nbsp; WGN-TV, Chicago Tribune, City Club of Chicago Debate</p><p>When: 7pm</p><p>Where:&nbsp; WGN TV 9, CLTV, WGN 720-AM, chicagotribune.com</p><p>Who:&nbsp; See above.&nbsp;</p><p>Details:&nbsp; Chico, Del Valle, Emanuel and Moseley Braun have all agreed to participate.&nbsp; Micah Matierre and Bruce Dold will moderate.</p><p><u><strong>Friday, January 28th</strong></u></p><p>What:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.communityptamayoralforum.eventbrite.com.">Community PTA Mayoral Forum and 8th &amp; 9th Ward Candidates Forum</a></p><p>When:&nbsp; Doors open at 6pm; Forum begins at 7pm sharp</p><p>Where:&nbsp; Corliss High&nbsp;School Auditorium (821 E. 103rd Street)&nbsp;</p><p>Who:&nbsp;&nbsp; Black Star Community PTA and Educational Village Keepers Community PTSA, with the Chicago Teachers Union and others.</p><p>Details:&nbsp; Del Valle, Walls and Watkins have agreed to participate. &nbsp;Chico has declined due to a conflict. &nbsp;Awaiting responses from others.&nbsp; Garrard McClendon of WTTW will moderate.&nbsp; Advance registration required.</p><p><u><strong>Wednesday, February 2nd</strong></u></p><p>What: Union League Club of Chicago's Breakfast @ 65 West Mayoral Candidate Forum</p><p>When:&nbsp; 8 a.m.</p><p>Where:&nbsp; Union League Club</p><p>Who:&nbsp; Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Blvd</p><p>Details:&nbsp; Chico, Del Valle, Moseley-Braun have agreed to participate; Emanuel invited; open to the public.&nbsp; Moderator: &nbsp;Chris Robling</p><p><u><strong>Wednesday, February 2nd</strong></u></p><p>What:&nbsp; The Chicago Defender Mayoral Forum</p><p>When:&nbsp; 6p-8p</p><p>Where:&nbsp; DuSable Museum of African American History&nbsp; 740 E. 56th Place</p><p><u><strong>Thursday, February 10th</strong></u></p><p>What:&nbsp; FOX 32/WVON-AM/Chicago Urban League Mayoral Debate</p><p>When:&nbsp; 9:30p to 10:30p</p><p>Where:&nbsp; Kennedy-King College&nbsp; 6301 S. Halsted</p><p>Details:&nbsp; Chico, Del Valle, Emanuel, and Moseley-Braun are expected</p><p><u><strong>Monday, February 14th</strong></u></p><p>What:&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="https://www.cityclub-chicago.org/events/event_registration/event_info.asp?event_id=692">Chicago Tonight/City Club of Chicago Debate</a></p><p>When:&nbsp; 7 p.m. - Televised</p><p>Where:&nbsp; WTTW</p><p>Who:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; WTTW's Chicago Tonight, The City Club of Chicago</p><p>Details: &nbsp;Carol Marin, moderator</p><p><u><strong>Tuesday, February 15th </strong></u><u><strong><br /></strong></u></p><p>What:&nbsp; Mayoral Forum on Violence Against Women; Girls and LBGTQ</p><p>When:&nbsp; Doors open @ 5:30pm; Forum 6pm - 7:30pm</p><p>Where:&nbsp; Chicago-Kent College of Law&nbsp; (565 W. Adams Street)</p><p>Who:&nbsp; Chicago Foundation for Women, Rape Victim Advocates, CAASE, Center on&nbsp;Halsted, Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network</p><p>Details:&nbsp; Moderator will be <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/alison-cuddy">Alison&nbsp;Cuddy </a>of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/eight-forty-eight">WBEZ's Eight Forty-Eight</a></p><p><u><strong>Thursday, February 17th</strong></u></p><p>What:&nbsp; ABC-7, League of Women Voters Chicago Mayoral Debate</p><p>When: 6pm-8pm</p><p>Where:&nbsp; Oriental Theater</p><p>Details:&nbsp; Chico, Del Valle, Emanuel, and Moseley-Braun are expected.</p><p>Use this list as a handy guide - and be sure to let us know if you learn of changes or other forums along the way.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 22:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/election-2011-guide-upcoming-mayoral-debates