Toby falls prey to a practical joke by the rest of the staff, after which everyone but Leo takes off for the debate in San Diego. Sam makes a side trip to Newport Beach to explain to the congressional campaign manager of the late Horton Wilde why the campaign has to fold even though Wilde is still on the ballot; what Sam doesn't expect is a stalwart named Will Bailey who, determined to keep the ideas of the campaign alive, continues to hold campaign events and do door-to-door canvassing. In San Diego, a nervous w.w. staff readies itself to spin for the president, but when Bartlet and Richie go head to head in a unique debate format, Bartlet tears Richie apart on states' rights, education, taxes, etc., by being precisely the intellectual snob everyone had accused him of being and using it to his own advantage. Back in DC, Leo and Jordon Kendall meet with the Qu'mari ambassador to the U.N., and Leo warns Qu'mar to back off its campaign to charge Israel with the assassination of Defense ... Written by
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President Bartlet's answer about the death penalty at the beginning of the episode is taken (almost verbatim) from the answer Governor Michael Dukakis gave during a 1988 presidential debate against then-Vice President George H.W. Bush. See more
The California 47th Congressional District does not include Newport Beach, CA. It is comprised of Cypress, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Stanton, and parts of Garden Grove and Westminster (all in Orange County), as well as Long Beach, San Clemente and Santa Catalina Islands (Los Angeles County). Newport Beach is in Orange County but it belongs to the California 48th Congressional District. See more
Governor Robert Ritchie, R-FL
My view of this is simple: we don't need a Federal Department of Education telling us our children have to learn Esperanto, they have to learn Eskimo poetry. Let the states decide, let the communities decide on health care, on education, on lower taxes, not higher taxes. Now, he's going to throw a big word at you - "unfunded mandate." He's going to say if Washington lets the states do it, it's an unfunded mandate. But what he doesn't like is the federal government losing power. But I call it ...
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