Jeffe looks at California Senate debate

The San Francisco Chronicle quoted Professor Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about the debate between the two candidates for the open California Senate seat.

When warned by Brown that if she went over her time, “I’m going to stop you,” Sanchez had a one-word answer: “Try.”

Harris, on the other hand, was often low-key to the point of lethargy, delivering what sounded like oft-rehearsed remarks.

The few times she went off script brought some of the night’s best moments. After Sanchez attacked her for what she said was rising crime in the state, Harris stood for a moment and asked, “No rebuttal? Darn,” then joined in the laughter of the audience.

“Sanchez was over-caffeinated and Harris was under-caffeinated,” said political analyst Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the University of Southern California. “For Harris, it was almost like you pushed a button and got a prerecorded message.”

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