Left and Right 'Clash' at Va.'s Regent University

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia -- Political pundits are predicting the 2010 midterm election will create a historic realignment which will shape the country's political future for decades. That was the topic of a special event as conservatives and liberals squared off at the eighth annual Clash of the Titans debate at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va., this past weekend.

Dr. Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network and Regent University, introduced former White House Advisor David Gergen, who moderated the debate.

The discussion focused on America at the crossroads and in Gergen's words, this could be one of the most consequential midterm elections in our lifetime.

"We are asking today about whether America is going to go left or go right," Gergen said. "But we're also asking the question of whether America is going to continue to go up, or America is going to go down."

Democratic strategist James Carville acknowledged that things are looking dire for Democrats politically right now, but still came to the defense of President Barack Obama.

"Obama will create more jobs in 2010 than Bush created in eight years," Carville said. "I would like a response, please."

"I will give you a response," conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer responded. "It's a typical Democratic approach, liberal approach to talk about presidents as creating jobs. They don't. It is the private sector that creates jobs. What did Obama introduce? Instead, he added a trillion dollars worth of debt."

Krauthammer and commentator Laura Ingraham expressed that they believe an America jerked to the left the last two years is about to make a beeline for the right.

"And we're going to see Tuesday, freedom in action, where the people revolt against what they don't want," Ingraham said.

"November 2nd is not going to be an election," Krauthammer said. "It's going to be a restraining order."

However, Democratic Leadership Council Chairman Harold Ford, Jr. questioned how much good a turn to the right would bring.

"Republicans were in charge for eight years. You could have done it then," Ford said. "You did nothing. So here we are today with a president who at least has taken a step and is forcing a real debate."

Who won the Clash of Titans debate? Those who attended gave the nod to the right, but they agreed that everyone was well spoken and held their own ground very well.

"The right I thought had a good day, but I thought Ford was very impressive on the other side," said William Harrell, who attended the debate.

"There was a respect shown for both sides, and I think that's what's so key and what's so characteristic of debates here at Regent," said Glen Huff, another event attendee.

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