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BC Votes 2009 Campaign Bytes

Debate spins

Sunday, May 3, 2009 | 11:44 AM PT |

Campaign BytesJeff DaviesMay 3 - Vancouver. The leaders have gathered for the televised debate. Even before it begins, my BlackBerry is vibrating furiously in my vest pocket. The New Democrat campaign team is responding to Campbell's comments as fast as they're out of his mouth: 5:01 p.m. "Will Campbell finally admit his policies are hurting working families in touch times?" 5:12 p.m.: "The truth on deficits." 5:18 p.m. " The truth about Campbell's neglect of rural B.C." And so on. Eight news releases in an hour from the NDP. Then at 6:35 p.m. another, this one proclaiming, "defensive Campbell ducks answers..." Finally at 7:51, less than two hours after the debate has concluded, the NDP is claiming a "knockout victory" for Carole James.

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