Everything seems so staged, rehearsed, sound byte tested and stilted that occasionally it’s refreshing to have the candidates go head to head in an unscripted manner. I don’t mean the answers that they give to the basic questions in these debates, but rather the occasional aside or snide comment that they make, thinking on the spot and riffing off the occasion.

Last’s night debate featured one such exchange, with Obama decisively countering an amused retort of Hillary’s which could have stumped a less quick witted opponent:

MODERATOR: Senator Obama, you have Bill Clinton’s former National Security Adviser, State Department policy director and Navy Secretary among others, advising you. With relatively little foreign policy experience of your own, how will you rely on so many Clinton advisers, and still deliver the kind of break from the past that you’re promising voters?


Obama: You know I am —

Hillary: (Laughing) I want to hear that.

Obama: Well, Hillary, I’m looking forward to you advising me as well. (Laughter)

Here’s the video below: