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The Debates

Live Fact Checking the Final Presidential Debate

Please join the Fact Checker and Friends for live truth squadding of the second presidential debate from Hofstra University in New York. Fact Checker Michael Dobbs will be joined by diplomatic reporter Glenn Kessler, White House correspondent Michael Abramowitz, campaign reporter Alec MacGillis, and researcher Alice Crites. The Fact Check team will analyze statements by the two candidates for accuracy and exaggeration.

Readers are invited to flag errors and misleading claims by either of the candidates by contributing to the online discussion. You can also use the "Contact the Fact Checker" tool to contact us privately with statements that you think deserve to be checked out.

The 90-minute debate will be devoted to economic issues, so expect some aggressive back-and-forth about the financial meltdown on Wall Street. Since this is a live Fact Check, the team will dispense with Pinocchio awards this evening, and focus on giving you a quick guide on the truthfulness or otherwise of the candidates' claims. Join the Fact Check online!

Posted at 8:27 PM ET on Oct 15, 2008  | Category:  The Debates
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MCain did a wonderful job in this last debate. People who think for one moment associating with the likes of Mr. Ayers, Reverend White, etc, have nothing to do with a person's character are blowing smoke. Of course our associations matter! We don't attend a church for 22 years with a reverend we do not fundamentally agree with. Mr. Obama is fairly assessed by his associations, the same as you or I would be with our associations. Mr. Ayers held a major fundraiser for Obama. Saying Obama was 8 when Ayer's was violent worst than misleading, it is dangerous. After 9/11 Mr. Ayer's said "I didn't do enough". What is "enough"? It is bombing and other domestic terrorism! We have every right to judge others by the company the keep and in a Presidential race a responsibility to perform research in order to cast an informed and responsible vote.

Posted by: Seree | October 16, 2008 12:29 PM

This was McCain's best debate. Certainly better than any town hall. Obama stuck to the script. The same old message, help the middle class, create jobs, provide affordable health care.

McCain had the bold move of helping some plumber in Ohio become a millionaire so his wealth would then trickle down like rain on the rest of us. Good luck with that line John.

McCain also brought a picture of him and Bush hugging. "This is Bush and that's me" he said, pointing at the photo. "Senator Obama, I am not George Bush. If you wanted to run against him you are four years too late." Stifled applause followed this masterstroke by McCain.
Obama weakly protested that he meant Bush's policies but the damage was done.

McCain attacked Obama's voting against free trade with Columbia whose main export is cocaine and Columbians.
If Obama was against free trade then he was just another Hoover in McCain's eyes.

McCain's expressions were wildly expressive and entertaining. Overblown sarcastic smiles, hostile beady eyes glowering with puffed out jowls and flatulent grimaces all filled in and rounded out our image of McCain as a man and, God forbid, as a president.

Posted by: seemstome | October 16, 2008 8:29 AM

See McCains Best Moment during Debate, McCains One liner that was considered a zinger.

To see more debate Highlights and Outtakes

Posted by: pastor123 | October 16, 2008 2:34 AM

I had the great pleasure, of watching the Libertarian Party's Presidential candidate Bob Barr participate in the 3rd Presidential Debate, thru internet television! It was so refreshing to hear concise answers that were actual solutions to America's problems!!!

Posted by: KingRat22 | October 16, 2008 1:58 AM

BOY! McCain looked pissed.

What's with him anyway. You'd think George W. was running against him in 2000 in N.C.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 16, 2008 12:41 AM

See a McCain rally go bad, Booing and People leaving. A song Hank Williams sang was vulgar and offended some. Heres the clip

Who won the Best Palin Impersonator Contest? Not Tina Fey. See Clip.

Posted by: pastor123 | October 15, 2008 11:10 PM

Who won the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York?



Posted by: usadblake | October 15, 2008 10:10 PM

Live blog/chat located here:

Posted by: leeh11281 | October 15, 2008 8:34 PM

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