Except for difference on health care and an accusation from Hillary Rodham Clinton on plagiarism, the 90 minute debate between Clinton and Barack Obama at the University of Texas Thursday night was civil. Obama said to use lines given to him by one of his national campaign co-chairmen, and have that called "plagiarism," marks the start of the "silly season of politics."
Clinton said borrowing lines from other people's speeches isn't change you can count on, but "change you can Xerox."
Clinton is also accusing the Illinois senator of using his strong oratorical skills to inspire the nation, but not have any policies to use in governing the nation. Clinton hammered the theme of being ready "from day one," but Obama said even though their policies on many issues are the same, a leader "must inspire the country."
The CNN debate was carried live from the University of Texas. Voters in the Lone Star State will have a big role in deciding the race when they go to the polls on March 4th.