Quotable: Spanish PM channels Edward R. Murrow

Ahead of the tighly fought parliamentary elections on Mar. 9, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero last night debated the conservative opposition leader, Mariano Rajoy. After tense clashes over terrorism policy (Rajoy lost to Zapatero just three days after the Madrid train bombings in 2004), Zapatero curiously signed off the evening with Edward R. ...

Ahead of the tighly fought parliamentary elections on Mar. 9, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero last night debated the conservative opposition leader, Mariano Rajoy. After tense clashes over terrorism policy (Rajoy lost to Zapatero just three days after the Madrid train bombings in 2004), Zapatero curiously signed off the evening with Edward R. Murrow's signature line:

But perhaps the most eyebrow-raising moment came at the end of the debate when Zapatero chose to sign off by saying "Good night, and good luck", in the fashion of Edward Murrow, the American TV journalist made famous in the 2005 film directed by George Clooney.

Ahead of the tighly fought parliamentary elections on Mar. 9, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero last night debated the conservative opposition leader, Mariano Rajoy. After tense clashes over terrorism policy (Rajoy lost to Zapatero just three days after the Madrid train bombings in 2004), Zapatero curiously signed off the evening with Edward R. Murrow’s signature line:

But perhaps the most eyebrow-raising moment came at the end of the debate when Zapatero chose to sign off by saying "Good night, and good luck", in the fashion of Edward Murrow, the American TV journalist made famous in the 2005 film directed by George Clooney.

Carolyn O'Hara is a senior editor at Foreign Policy.

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