What caught my attention most in this debate was the issue of health care. Sen. Spector came out swinging for a strong public option. He pointed out that he has already held four town hall meetings - and as we know, the right wing nutjob base has been doing its best to disrupt his meetings - and committed to voting for the President's health care reform. So, what's the catch? As Joe Sestak pointed out, a mere eight weeks ago, Arlen Specter was square set against it:
Hmm, I wonder what changed his mind so fast. A few interesting events that have happened along the same time line: Joe Sestak started speculating about a run, he decided to run, and his poll numbers, against Specter, started to rise. I am sure there was no correlation whatsoever.
Joe Sestak stayed committed to a vibrant public option since the beginning, and he reiterated it. As he put it, as a retired Admiral in the navy, he and his family have had the best health care. And guess what? It's a government-run, public health care plan called the Veterans Administration. Sestak passionately made the case that every American deserves the same choice to buy into a public option.