Martha Coakley Interview
The Hiller Instinct: Martha Coakley Interview
Martha Coakley has been an elected official in Massachusetts for more than a decade. Though she is well-known, and well-liked, her campaign for the senate has left some voters wondering whether she is passionate enough for the job.
"I'm passionate about my family, my husband, my nieces and nephews. I'm very passionate about my work," Coakley says.
“So what do you think when you see the criticism that you're cold- you're dispassionate?” Hiller asks.
Coakley: "I think it's inaccurate and I think voters know that. I don't pay attention to that. I pay attention to what I believe and what I think voters want to hear.”
Personality and image are important for Coakley in this race because--like all the candidates--she doesn't have much expertise in foreign policy or personal experience in the ways of Washington.
Hiller: “Can you name anything the Massachusetts congressional delegation supports that you don't?"
Coakley: "I think that we vary in terms of certain funding issues. I can't put my finger on something particularly."
What Coakley can put her finger on is that state voters know much more about her professionally than personally:
Hiller: “What's something people still don't know about you?"
Coakley: "I think people may sense, that I don't have the sense of humor that I have. And I think people perhaps, because they do get only a slice of the public persona, don't understand really um, the whole person."
Hiller: “With respect to your sense of humor- what's your favorite joke?"
Coakley "Oh, I'm a horrible joke teller. I'll be the first to tell that..." I have a horrible memory for jokes. I know them when I hear them. But I can't give you one now.”
Hiller: “How can you replace Sen. Ted Kennedy if you can't tell a joke? He was the best at it.”
Coakley: “I'm going to have to learn. All I said was that I promise to follow in his footsteps."
Not so fast. Less than a week before the election Martha Coakley's fail-safe campaign is failing her. Want proof? No confident candidate puts the first attack ad of a campaign on TV, but that's just what she did. Add in a weak debate performance and nothing is certain anymore for Coakley, who once was a sure thing.
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