Monday, September 29, 2008

Way better than Monday night football: Obama and McCain, a virtual 2006 debate, and much much more on Tonight's Chicago edition of "Public Affairs."

Tonight's City of Chicago edition of "Public Affairs," includes primarily clips and interviews from the Democratic and Republican Party National Conventions, but also a few clips from prior “Public Affairs,” shows, featuring Barack Obama and Senator John McCain being interviewed by show host Jeff Berkowitz, in the summer of 2006, within a week of each other.. This episode is the second part of a two part series on the Democratic and Republican Party national conventions.
Tonight's Chicago edition of "Public Affairs," airs throughout the City of Chicago at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 (CANTV) and tonight's Aurora edition of "Public Affairs," airs on cable in Aurora and surrounding areas at 7:30pm on ACTV-10. The Aurora station, Aurora Community Television, Comcast Cable Ch. 10, reaches all of Aurora, Bristol, Big Rock and parts of Oswego, Sandwich, Sugar Grove and Montgomery.
You can also watch this show on your computer.

Additionally, you can watch the first part of our two part series on the National Party Conventions on your computer.
For more about the pols and pundits interviewed on tonight's Chicago and Aurora editions of "Public Affairs," please go here.
A partial transcript of tonight's show is included, below;

Jeff Berkowitz: …as of July 22, 2006, is it still the case that you think it’s important that we succeed in Iraq?

Senator Barack Obama (D-IL): …it is important for us to stabilize Iraq. I think the measure of success should be that there is not an all out civil war, that there is not terrorist bases inside Iraq, that there has not been a melt down of Iraq that…draws it neighbors into escalating conflict. That should be our criteria and I think that can still be accomplished although…

Senator Obama, Interviewed after an Austin, IL town hall meeting, July 22, 2006
Jeff Berkowitz…[Bill Kristol] also quoted Don Rumsfeld as saying, “weakness is provocative,” suggesting the United States has been too weak with respect to Iran. Do you agree?

Senator McCain: I think that this administration has handled a very difficult situation regards to Iran as well as we could. …but I am not sure what else we could have done. Now, we have reason to get tougher with Iran. I have said on several occasions, it would be a terrible thing for us to have to intervene militarily because of Iranians acquiring nuclear weapons. There would be only one thing worse and that would be Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.

Jeff Berkowitz: …should the United States consider that in the next year? Taking military action to avoid facing a nuclear-armed Iran?

Senator McCain: I think I can only repeat my previous statement but I think the President has made it very clear our position on this issue including his statement that we cannot stand by and watch Israel be destroyed by Iran and obviously if they develop

Senator McCain’s press conference, held prior to a fundraiser for David McSweeney, 2006 8th CD Republican Nominee, July 15, 2006, Schaumburg, IL
Jeff Berkowitz, Show Host/Producer of "Public Affairs," and Executive Legal Recruiter doing legal search can be reached at *************************************************************
"Public Affairs," is a weekly political interview show airing in Chicago on CANTV, in the Chicago metro area and in Aurora on Comcast and also often on the Illinois Channel. You can watch the shows, including archived shows going back to 2005, here.
Recently posted shows on the Public Affairs YouTube page now include a show taped yesterday with State Rep. Julie Hamos (D-Evanston) and a show taped last Sunday with 16th Cong. Dist. Democatic Nominee Robert Abboud (D-Barrington Hills), two shows featuring clips and interviews, primarily from the Democratic and Republican National Party conventions, and shows with Cook County Cmsr. and Obama Media Team Member Forrest Claypool and much more.