(CNN) - Former Sen. Mike Gravel's 30-second spot during the debate was, um, different . . . to put it mildly.
In black and white video footage, Gravel looked directly into the camera and said a series of sound bites that are separated by the ringing of a bell and the dissolving of Gravel's image.
The long-shot Democratic contender's spot covered the Iraq war, the global war on terror, universal health care, and Social Security.
It ended with an image of the ripples caused by a drop of water in a crystal blue pool of liquid with the web address for Gravel's campaign superimposed on top of the spot's final image.
Gravel's recent Internet videos garnered a lot of media attention for their randomness. Did you think these were similarly random in keeping with the image Gravel has cultivated for himself?
– CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart
I like Mike Gravel, and I like Kucinich. But neither has the money, the grassroots support or the political skills of Ron Paul. Anyone seriously interested in stopping the war – whether this one or the next – should consider a primary vote for Ron Paul.
How much money is CNN getting paid to push Clinton to us?
Gravel and Kucinich were the only ones who had any real contributions to raise the political awareness of American people...the others...just mere politicians, tools of corporations and organizatios that are bringing this country to Third World status.
What are ge going to do when most of our rigths are gone? When people like Clinton, Edwards, etc...exist only to help "money" control us using the media, legal system, and police.
"Follow the money," said Gravel. He also cited his intervention to end Viet-Nam, and added: "Soldiers in Viet-Nam died for nothing." Kucinich wanted to comment but the CNN anchor did not let him. Instead, we got the comments of all the other "actors."
Today, soldiers are dying in vain and doing nothing, but torture and kill Iraquis, just like in Viet-Nam. If you think differently, you are still not aware or what is happening in our country. Read, study economics, politics, wake up and act before is too late.
Gravel did contribute. He knows he is not going to win a nomination. At least, he is letting us know, using the media, our present political reality.
Gravel tells people the hard truths whether they want to hear that or not. That is far from being anything bad, it just seems people are becoming so disillusioned to the idea that you have to be pretty for a media. They are forgetting the direness of reality is not a scripted hollywood movie. Perhaps he wouldn't appear so gruff, if others too admitted the hard truths they, and us will all have to face. He speaks from a life of experience, and tells people what really are its most important piques in order to make necessary inroads.
Wouldn't it be nice if everyone in every debate got equal time. America is no longer a democracy. America is a corporate facist state... The corporations control the media so it will never be balanced and fair. Gravel barely got any time at all.
I'm surprised by the number of people who think that Gravel didn't get enough time in last night's debate. I suggest that you go back and rewatch with a stopwatch handy. As I watched, I couldn't believe how much time he got. Maybe I just felt that way because his answers were so out of touch with reality. It seemed like a lot of his plans are knee-jerk reactions. It's a slightly crazy version of what people want to hear, but it's not plausible.
My girlfriend isn't much of a political junkie and didn't know who he was, but she wanted to know why he's even running, why all of his comments were out of touch, and why he seems crazier than Howard Dean was portrayed in 2004.
Between him and Kucinich, I thought that the far ends of the panel might have wandered off into some alternate reality where everything is as simple as we'd like it to be.
To be honest, I thought one of the most candid comments was Joe Biden stating that there's no way we could leave immediately. I'd love to leave Iraq now, be logistically, it's not even possible if we started today. As mentioned last night, there are US civilians in Iraq that would need to leave first, followed by the removal of our forces, which is a task that can't be completed overnight. I'd love to teleport everyone (and all of our expensive equimpment) back here today, too, but we haven't developed the technology to move that fast yet.
Gravel is a solid candidate and a true patriot. I trust him more than any of the other candidates from both parties.
He is the Ron Paul of the Democrats. Calls it as he see it.
Shame on CNN for repeatedly slamming him or critizing his spot.
I felt his commercial was excellent and better than the gimmicks that the front-runners used.
Thanks for sharing