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By Paul Volpe  |  September 26, 2008; 8:42 PM ET
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Just a quick word who won the debate....for those of you who think McCain won it...you are deluding yourself.
The polls are clear - the whole world polls are accurate - McCain need to retire. Period.
The whole world hated McCain - need I say more.
McCain to the eyes of many here at home is a LOST CAUSE. McCain to the eyes of the world is a PIECE OF GARBAGE.

Posted by: prudencerussell | September 28, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

What I am waiting for is the polls taken around the world. Why won't the media show the polls taken from each country? Why not?
BECAUSE THE WORLD ALREADY DISMISS MCCAIN AS INCAPABLE OF RESTORING THE FAITH AND LOVE OF THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
The buzz word around the world is "OBAMA."
Obama is the only one who people of the world trust to restore the order of things here at home as well as in the world. THE WHOLE OF EUROPE, ASIA, SOUTH AMERICA, AFRICA HATES, AND I REPEAT, HATES McCAIN.
I pray to God almighty Barack Obama becomes president of the USA if only for reasons that it will bring world peace and order. AMEN.

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Posted by: 37thandOStreet | September 28, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Read the analysis of the viewers' take on the debate from the most accurate pollster this year:
http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2008/09/why-voters-thought-obama-won.html

Posted by: Byron5 | September 27, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

You wrote: "McCain virtually ignored the moderator and the audience in attendance and spoke to the TV audience..."

Huh? What debate were YOU watching? You just described Obama to a 't'. He glared directly into the camera so much, I wanted to pull the covers up over my head and hide from it. McCain, on the other hand, spoke exclusively to Jim Lehrer and almost never looked into the camera.

How does such non-truth make it into publication -- yes the internet has loose standards, but really someone should proofread your stuff before it gets pushed to the site.

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Posted by: 37thandOStreet | September 27, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

EVERYONE I have spoken to in the real world believes that McCain threw Obama off balance - McCain was steady.
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Talking with your doll collection does not qualify as "the real world."

The polls will soon reveal who won the debate.

Posted by: wpost4112 | September 27, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse


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EVERYONE I have spoken to in the real world believes that McCain threw Obama off balance - McCain was steady.


Obama appeared flustered.


At several times in towards the end Obama was struggling to get a word in - struggling to say something relevant - and struggling to defend himself. Obama kept on talking-over McCain and Jim Lehrer as well.


It seems like Obama was desperate in the second half to score some points because Obama thought he was losing the debate - and he did lose the debate.

McCain won on the issues - this talk about "there was no gaffe" that is sillytalk - McCain slammed Obama on issue after issue last night - McCain looked Presidential.

Posted by: 37thandOStreet | September 27, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

As a fascinated overseas observer (from Australia) of your election debate, it looked to us over here that Obama won very easily. More educated, more measured. McCain just kept hammering the same "I've got the experience" line so ham-fistedly that it became very dull. But that's in general - I just wanted to raise a specific point that caused me to gasp with astonishment. John McCain repeatedly praised Ronald Reagan - obviously he considers him more popular with the public than the lamentably unpopular George Bush. But he also made much of how he would slash Government spending. Pardon me for stating the very obvious, but didn't Ronald Reagan massively increase the defecit in both California as Governor and in the USA as President? The biggest spending President in history, in fact? Until the latest Republican government, of course! Really: does nobody ever pick up these candidates on such obvious pieces of nonsense?

Posted by: yolly | September 27, 2008 6:08 AM | Report abuse

McCain came off contemptuous and angry “cranky” old man. McCain appeared to be annoyed and inconvenienced by the whole debate. I suppose he considers the presidency to be his birthright that he scoffs anyone who even questions him. He kept making snarky and irrelevant marks. I was really surprised that McCain would not even look at Obama.

On the other hand, Obama came off in command, well-informed, and congenial—in other words, Obama looked Presidential. And McCain looked angry, repetitive, and un-presidential.

Barack Obama was crisp, reassuring and strong -- in short, presidential, as he has been throughout the financial storm of the past two weeks. McCain was not as bad as he has been recently; but much of this debate was fought on what was supposed to be his high ground. As the encounter ended, Obama not only controlled the commanding heights of the economic issue -- and he not only held his own on national security -- but clearly passed the threshold as a credible commander-in-chief. McCain kept repeating that Obama doesn't "understand." But he clearly did. McCain made up no ground. That's similar to what happened in 1960 when Nixon ran on the slogan "Experience Counts" but found it didn't count that much when voters decided JFK was up to the job after the side by side comparison they saw in the first debate.

CBS’s poll of 500 uncommitted voters who watched found this: 40% said Obama won, 38% said it was a draw, and 22% called McCain the winner. CNN had Obama winning 51-38% overall, winning on the economy 58-37%, and even winning on Iraq 52-47%.

This was clearly a homerun for Obama. He hit it out of the park.

Posted by: JJames081 | September 27, 2008 2:24 AM | Report abuse

McCain was doing his best to get away from the overspending by the Republican Congress and presidency. The question is, will the public buy it? I doubt it.

Posted by: OscarMayer2 | September 27, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

I've seen McCain for too many decades and I feel that he will appeal to the warmongers. In other words, if you want your children to be fighting in constant wars, then John McCain is for you. Obama, on the other hand, is a fresh face, more appeal to those who look to the future, more of a peacemaker. John McCain has had his time in the sun and is too fixated on the past. He should realize this and retire. You get to a certain age and you just cannot relate to most people 3, 4 or 5 decades younger than you. Couple his age with the complete bewilderment of his VP pick and this just highlights that he is terribly out of touch, except with the extremists and pensioners of his base.

Posted by: 10emlet | September 26, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

All respected polls stating Obama won debate.
Even among 55 and over and women.
Huge victory!

Posted by: wpost4112 | September 26, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Huh. I'm a firm Obama supporter and thought that he slaughtered McCain on domestic issues, but McCain had more substance on foreign policy (even though I disagree with everything he said). This should be McCain's strongest debate, and I thought Obama held up fairly well but didn't beat McCain. Tie, or slight win by McCain.

Obama's the better debater though. He knows how to agree on one point, then pivot the debate. And he's more articulate. Hopefully McCain will get worse and worse and Obama better and better.

Posted by: gletha | September 26, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Drudge? LOL. You mean MCain Central?

Posted by: wpost4112 | September 26, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

According to the audience polls on CNN Obama trounced McCain.

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 26, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse
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Wow! Big surprise there. I'll bet he won on MSNBC too. (lib channels) Drudge has McCain as winning big. So there:(

Posted by: daman1 | September 26, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Why didn't Barry mention his brother living in a hut in a Kenyan slum? I thought this was a foreign policy debate and he was his brothers keeper? (remember...from Denver)?

Posted by: daman1 | September 26, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

According to the audience polls on CNN Obama trounced McCain.

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 26, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

McCain PUMMELED Obama! The old salty dog even had Obama AGREEING with him! And when Obama had to whine "I have a bracelet too..." and then couldn't remember the name on his bracelet until he looked! Too much. Obama is a phony and a wimp.

Posted by: daman1 | September 26, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

ABC News' Teddy Davis, Arnab Datta, and Rigel Anderson Report: During an interview with CBS News' Katie Couric which aired Thursday evening, Sarah Palin called Barack Obama "beyond naïve" for wanting to talk "without preconditions" to rogue leaders.

"I think, with Ahmadinejad, personally, he is not one to negotiate with," said Palin, referring to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "You can't just sit down with him with no preconditions being met."

"Barack Obama is so off base in his proclamation that he would meet with some of these leaders around our world who would seek to destroy America and that, and without preconditions being met," she continued. "That's beyond naïve. And it's beyond bad judgment."

Asked if she considers former Republican Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to be "naïve" for supporting talks without preconditions, Palin said, "I've never heard Henry Kissinger say, 'Yeah, I'll meet with these leaders without preconditions being met.'"

Palin was overlooking that Kissinger (with whom she met earlier this week) has backed negotiating directly with Iran over its nuclear program and other bilateral issues -- a point which Couric reconfirmed at the closer of her interview.

"Incidentally," said Couric, "we confirmed Henry Kissinger's position following our interview, he told us he supports talks if not with Ahmadinejad, than with high-level Iranian officials without preconditions."

When contacted by ABC News about the split in position with Kissinger, the McCain-Palin campaign had no immediate comment.

(You can play with words all you want but its obivious McCain and Palin don't know the people in their own corner. Listen to the question that was asked of the five heads of state. Kissinger can clean it up now)

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 26, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

The moderator did not control the debate. We really didn't need him.
Let them go at it. Put a clock on them and turn off the mike.

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 26, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

John McCain told a lot of lies again. Obama defended his record. Check the facts.

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 26, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

I am watching the debate on tape again and I can't get away from the fact that Mccain seemed so old. His speech was that of an old man. I think that will stick with people as much as anything that was said.

Posted by: popasmoke | September 26, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Mccain lied when he said Pakistan was a failed state. A fail state looks like iraq, somalia, afghanstan. Mccain was so arrogant, impulsive and demeaning.

Posted by: moses5 | September 26, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

I don't think either of them WON this debate. Most of their comments/answers to questions were the talking points and commercials/adds that have been around for months. Nothing NEW.

Posted by: lylepink | September 26, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama stumbled. Rachel Maddow of MSNBC has that look as if someone ran over her puppy. Telling how Biden is making the rounds on each of the cable channels to provide cover for his running mate. McCain definitely got this one.

Posted by: Verrazzano | September 26, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

response to: (37thandOStreet)

First of all, calm down there, Sparky. Typing in all caps doesn't strengthen your argument - it makes you look a little bit cantankerous there.

Well, it depends what the goal of a company is. George W. Bush has bankrupted every company that he has been CEO of, so he was certainly qualified for bankrupting America.

It depends what the goal of a company would be. Obviously, economics is not McCain's strong suit. He admits that he doesn't know jack squat about it, but he "has Greenspan's book." WTF? When the fundamentals of the US economy are going bankrupt, that means they're not strong - they're FUBAR.

Obama hasn't been in the Senate for decades, but he's been in the Illinois legislature and has had to do plenty of number crunching as a US Senator. That's one thing.

Also, sometimes a company needs some young blood. McCain's a tired, old man who has experience but is basically an older Duhbya. Voting 90% of the time for Duhbya's failed policies, a maverick does not make. With the downturn of the economy, it's basically 1992 all over again.

The main difference is that Obama's black. Check out the polls - It's a waterloo for Obama in the rednek South and half of the Midwest. But it's really no wonder, considering that those areas are Republiklan strongholds.

Posted by: con_crusher | September 26, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

I also have to add, Mccain just plain looked old and the use of " Mr. Obama just doesn't understand" sounded like the ranting people are used to hearing from their grandfathers. as Obama responds with clarity and distinction showing he does understand, but that Mccain has such a narrow minded view of things he is in fact the one who doesn't understand. It looked like Mccain represents the past and Obama the future.

Posted by: popasmoke | September 26, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA was Eloquent and Presidential. Impressively knowledgable.

McCAIN was Grumpy, and his answer to most World Affairs were:
"surge, surge, surge" -

Posted by: chevychasedesigns | September 26, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

ABC News' Teddy Davis, Arnab Datta, and Rigel Anderson Report: During an interview with CBS News' Katie Couric which aired Thursday evening, Sarah Palin called Barack Obama "beyond naïve" for wanting to talk "without preconditions" to rogue leaders.

"I think, with Ahmadinejad, personally, he is not one to negotiate with," said Palin, referring to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "You can't just sit down with him with no preconditions being met."

"Barack Obama is so off base in his proclamation that he would meet with some of these leaders around our world who would seek to destroy America and that, and without preconditions being met," she continued. "That's beyond naïve. And it's beyond bad judgment."

Asked if she considers former Republican Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to be "naïve" for supporting talks without preconditions, Palin said, "I've never heard Henry Kissinger say, 'Yeah, I'll meet with these leaders without preconditions being met.'"

Palin was overlooking that Kissinger (with whom she met earlier this week) has backed negotiating directly with Iran over its nuclear program and other bilateral issues -- a point which Couric reconfirmed at the closer of her interview.

"Incidentally," said Couric, "we confirmed Henry Kissinger's position following our interview, he told us he supports talks if not with Ahmadinejad, than with high-level Iranian officials without preconditions."

When contacted by ABC News about the split in position with Kissinger, the McCain-Palin campaign had no immediate comment.

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 26, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

McCain broke no new ground tonight.

Obama, on the other hand, had a lot to gain and made good use of the opportunity. Anyone who thought he was just a good speech guy saw him hold his own and push back hard.

So I think Obama won. He countered the argument against him coming from the right (empty suit, eloquent but naive, etc.) well, while McCain did nothing to counter the argument from the left (more of the same).

Posted by: starthom | September 26, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

McBlinky did not deny that he was going to give $300 billion in tax cuts to America's wealthiest.

Or that, under his proposals, employer-provided health care benefits would be taxed.

(McBlinky was lucky his eyelids did not fall off. Anyone that nervous is not ready to lead.)

McBlinky = Bush on Geritol.

Posted by: pali2500 | September 26, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

I consider myself an undecided voter, and I think McCain was sincere in his zeal for the defense and care of the military. Obama was clearly on the defensive of explaining his foreign policy views and plans. One style issue that I can't get out of my mind is how McCain could not even get himself to look Obama in eye whenever he was directing responses to him. I've always felt that I can trust some when he or she looks me in the eye. He seemed to look most often at Lehrer than anyone else. That was strange to me.

Posted by: faven44d | September 26, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

I am afraid Mccain forgot his whole new campaign of "CHANGE". In the end of the debate when he said, "We have come circle" and got on why we need to stay in Iraq he erased almost the rest of the debate. We were back to the fact that nothing has changed about the policies of John Mccain. He will stay in Iraq if he can forever. It doesn't matter if that is what he meant, but that is what people who he has been telling for the last few weeks he will leave Iraq will remember. At best this was a tie and when you are losing that is not good enough.

Posted by: popasmoke | September 26, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

A really well run debate, it actually was a debate. Kudos to Public TV... the obscene earmark that it is...lol!

If Obama's task was to present as being able to be Presidential, Commander in Chief and comfortable with foriegn affairs he achieved that.

If McCains task was to be able to keep upwith Golden Throat Obama, he did that,and did not self distruct. He did seem a bit scattered toward the end, but no big deal.

I doubt any minds minds were changed, they both set forth their visions, and differences in a more or less clear way.

I score it to Obama on substance, although McCain's quip about looking into Putins eyes and seeing three letters, K-G-B demonstrates he is more grounded in reality than Bush...

Obama's point about our standing in the world as being a vital part of National Security was unanswered by McCain.

The good news is that either of these guys seem 100 times better than what we have now....Bush.

Posted by: plaza04433 | September 26, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Now on MSNBC, one of Obama's policy advisors is trying to fill in the gaps that Obama lost in the debates. Now the voice of confidence.

Posted by: Verrazzano | September 26, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

I suspect not much changed tonight. I did not like McCain's personal attacks such as "Senator Obama does not understand". His condescending approach is very irritating.

Obama connected much better than McCain on the economic part of the debate. McCain lost me on the capital gain stuff.

On foreign affairs, McCain did better because he was able to avoid the issue that attacking Iraq was the wrong strategic decision. Overall, Obama held his own against what is McCain’s much greater experience in foreign affairs.

Posted by: OscarMayer2 | September 26, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

The CNN folks are not smiling either. The I am in the tank for Obama media types looked scared.

Posted by: Verrazzano | September 26, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

I think that Obama showed his leadership through the debate and McCain looked like a petulant old man saying that this youngster doesn't understand how things used to be. These new fangled ideas just don't work. He was so focused on Iraq, that is the base of everything for him.

Posted by: Nataya1 | September 26, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Oh Boy!.......
The first debate showed how young, inexperienced and naive Barack Hussein Obama is and on the other side,....what a knowledgeable, experienced and wise the patriot John McCain.

America and americans can feel safe and in good hands with President Jon McCain, dealing with all the foreign affairs and the complicated issues of governance.

Democrats that love and care about the future of our country must consider and put our country first and vote for the Best Person for President of the United States of America in this precarious and complex times.

Based on the first debate, it is absolutely clear John McCain is the most qualified candidate and democrats vote for him, putting our country first.

Country First!
John McCain for President!

Posted by: Manolete | September 26, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

TIE.

Now, Palin/Biden.

Posted by: wpost4112 | September 26, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Obama did a great job. I will be proud to vote for him in November.

McCain looked confused and puzzled. I don't know why people are giving Palin a hard time; all the heft on the GOP ticket comes from her.

Read my blog and I'll be your BFF. XOXOXO

Posted by: 37thOStreet | September 26, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Norah O'Donnel of MSNBC does not looked pleased. She brought up the "John is right" and how the RNC will put that on tape. Buchanon states that Obama looked like a very nice guy. He gives 10 rounds to 5 to McCain. Robinson does not looked pleased either. No excitement in the faces of the Obama cheerleaders on MSNBC.

Posted by: Verrazzano | September 26, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

First 20 minutes went to Obama. The rest of the way, building more and more as they went along, McCain won.

Posted by: acasilaco | September 26, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Foreign policy is the one and only strength that McCain has over Obama. Based on this debate, to McCain the whole entire future of the US depends on what happens in Iraq. He "doesn't seem to understand" that Iraq is not the only issue that is of concern to Americans.

Posted by: faven44d | September 26, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

"Mr. Tinkle in my Legs" is trying to make a case that Obama looked more presidential. Is this about looks? Does substance mean anything any longer?

Posted by: Verrazzano | September 26, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Obama has looked a little stiff tonight. McCain, while a bit more combative, has been more conversational than Obama (Advantage: McCain). McCain has repeatedly stressed his breadth of experience...Obama has been silent on experience questions (Advantage: McCain). Kudos to Lehrer for keeping the peace.

Posted by: jpo55102 | September 26, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to see Buchanan and Olbermann go at it.

Posted by: Verrazzano | September 26, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Judgment, lose the "e" 37thandO. What about McCain's judgment with Charles Keating? What about his judgment in cheating on his first wife? Give it up, it's over.

Posted by: adh11 | September 26, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

OH GOD... the POW story AGAIN???????????????????????

Posted by: RudeIsraeli | September 26, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

obama should use more personal references...

Posted by: k1omal | September 26, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Now we see where Obama gets his foreign experience. His father was born in Kenya. Brilliant!

Posted by: Verrazzano | September 26, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

LOL at the Obamamites trying to make their man look good in this debate. McCain has the command and presence. And he knows his stuff.

Posted by: Verrazzano | September 26, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Foghat McCain can't even pronounce Ahmadinejâd's name....with a long a on the second part.

Posted by: RudeIsraeli | September 26, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

i am an obama supporter but mccain is doing much better than i thought and looks prepared. obama has had to defend his stances

Posted by: k1omal | September 26, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

pronounciation of pakistan: senator obama is pronouncing it the way pakistani do versus american. the "a" is pronounced as "ah"--not an ethnic slur

Posted by: k1omal | September 26, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I'm following you on Twitter, and all I can say is: you love John McCain. I'm not saying you are being unfair, and I'm not saying you are biased, I'm just saying that I think you have a mancrush on McCain. Reading over your twitter entries is kind of like that scene in Love, Actually, where everyone realizes that the one guy spent the entire time filming the bride at the wedding because he was secretly in love with her. You know what scene I'm talking about.

That's ok, I'm not judging you.

Posted by: Demagirl | September 26, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

ya know, whenever McCain irterrupts like he does He looks like a petulant old man against Barrak, I think Barrak Is definatly holding his own

Posted by: grenidlady64 | September 26, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

John McCain has the potential for great leadership. Some of his points have been brilliant. What a pity he's also allowed himself to behave like an ill-mannered harpie during this debate.

Posted by: IndependentVoter2 | September 26, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

I am lookiing FORWARD to OBAMA'S inauguration- the entire world will breathe with RELIEF.

Posted by: RudeIsraeli | September 26, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA is doing wonderfully...while McCain looks like he's ready for an enema and a nap afterwards...McCain's constant blinking betrays deep-level anxiety.

Posted by: RudeIsraeli | September 26, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

If McCain says, "Sen. Obama doesn't understand..." one more time, then I think it's fair for Obama to point out that he graduated at the top of his class while McCain graduated near the bottom of his.

I think Obama is perfectly capable of understanding anything McCain has to say, assuming McCain is able to be coherent. What was he saying about the North/South Koreans being 3 inches taller than the other? Whaaat?????????

Posted by: egc52556 | September 26, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone keeping track of the uh count?

Posted by: Verrazzano | September 26, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Get out of here McCain parrots!!!

Posted by: jps78 | September 26, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama is being RUDE attempting to jump in and GRUNT when the others are speaking


Obama has a real anti-social aspect to him that is obnoxious.


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Posted by: 37thandOStreet | September 26, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Now it is getting good. If this was a boxing match, Obama would be hoping for the bell to ring.

Posted by: Verrazzano | September 26, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Did Obama just say that Russia was not a democracy? I thought they did have elections.

Posted by: cbm1 | September 26, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

OK Obama so now you want to attack Iran too? What is your deal? are you going to attack and then cut and run?

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Posted by: 37thandOStreet | September 26, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Was Obama using "good judgement" when he was buying cocaine? Is this really Obama's theme? How can Obama even say the word "judgement" with his history of cocaine use ???

Posted by: 37thandOStreet | September 26, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

And I have a bracelet too!

Posted by: Verrazzano | September 26, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Obama is now the Tough Military Man? Wanting a Stronger presence in Afghanistan ?


Silly Angry Obama - can he be more deceptive?


Obama is in favor of cut and run policies - if al queda is running loose in Iraq, it will not matter what happens in Afghanistan - WHAT IS WRONG WITH OBAMA ???

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Posted by: 37thandOStreet | September 26, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

There here goes with that judgment talk. Let go of the past. So he spoke against going to war in Iraq. What else did he do? Did he lead a grass root charge to oppose the war? Considering his community organizer experience, it should have been easy to do.

Posted by: Verrazzano | September 26, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

SEnator McCain does not understand the fddifference between strategy and tactics. {resifdents decide whether to attack a country (strategy) and generals decide the tactics (surge). Pity, no one asks McCain if he understands this.

Posted by: OscarMayer2 | September 26, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

McCain is doing is best to get away from the overspending by the Republican Congress and presidency. The question is, will the public buy it?

Posted by: OscarMayer2 | September 26, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

So who looks like a commander-in-chief? And to think, he did not even have Debate Camp in Florida all week!

Posted by: Verrazzano | September 26, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

How does Obama say "Pakistan" is his pronounciation an ethnic slur?

Posted by: 37thandOStreet | September 26, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama is an absolute joke - Now Obama wants a Surge in Afghanistan? What a LAUGH.

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Posted by: 37thandOStreet | September 26, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

When Obama needed Ted Kennedy's support during the primaries, he was his best friend. He started off the debate and did not mention a single word about him. So the Repulican from across the aisle wished the ailing Senator well. What does that tell you about these two candidates?

Posted by: Verrazzano | September 26, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

McCain is actually coming off better than I expected. They are making the choice clear:

McCain: Cut all spending except military and veterans.

Obama: Don't use an ax when you need a scalpel. There are programs that actually need funding.

Posted by: davemarks | September 26, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Obama is rattled. He is the little kid that has to get the last word in. God forbid if anyone tarnishes his empty suit.

Posted by: Verrazzano | September 26, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Who won the presidential debate at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss.?

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=3547

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Posted by: usadblake | September 26, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I notice that when talking about other people, McCain is adamant that people need to be held accountable for their actions. When talking about 8 years of Republican domination, he is not accountable for any of it.

It all went bad because some mystical thing called 'government" changed the republicans. Well, that's all then. No need to hold anyone accountable here. Pathetic.

Posted by: dehall | September 26, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

McCain looks tired, he looks exhausted. His age is showing. If he is too exhausted and tired from a budget negotiation and debate prep is he going to be too tired and exhausted to lead this country?

he looks awful tonight.

Posted by: denniswine | September 26, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

McCAIN IS IN PANIC!

The McCain campaign had called in an EM service to checkup McCain's sweating and short breath symptoms.

It turned out that he's just bit nervous.

Posted by: JC_VA | September 26, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

By looking like he torpedoed the Bail Out McCain looks like a hero. The polls indicate that people don't want to spend hundreds of billions bailing out Wall Street.

Just read the message boards on any major site and you can see the people are outraged at the idea. Unless the black boxes are going to switch the votes, I don't see how the Democrats feel that once again caving to Bush policy and scare tactics is going to win them anything but defeat in the upcoming elections.

Posted by: Duffminster | September 26, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

McCain single-handedly "torpedoed" the bailout (well, John Boehner helped out a bit). Reid had nothing to do with the process.

Although, the whole thing is messy and it's ironic that Obama is the only one in this whole thing who came out looking good.

Posted by: ChrisDC | September 26, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid is the one who torpedoed the negotiations this week - because he wanted Obama to get credit for something Obama did not do.


again.


Obama has always had some senior legislator putting Obama's name on legislation to assist Obama in building up his resume - please research EMIL JONES IN THE ILLINOIS LEGISLATURE.


SERIOUSLY PEOPLE CAN THERE BE A PERSON WHO IS MORE OF AN EMPTY SUIT ???


OBAMA - LET HIM DO SOMETHING WITH HIS CAREER BEFORE HE LOOKS FOR A PROMOTION.


OBAMA IS A JOKE - WOULD ANY BUSINESSMAN EVEN HIRE THIS GUY - MUCH LESS PROMOTE HIM TO THE TOP OF A COMPANY AFTER SUCH A SHORT TIME ???

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Posted by: 37thandOStreet | September 26, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Hi,
Just wanted you to know that Current TV is going to broadcast live Twitter messages (tweets) from people who add #current to the end of their tweets. You must be signed up for Twitter in order to send tweets And they plan to do this for all 4 debates. See: http://tinyurl.com/64edyb
Hope its helpful I follow the Fix and will be looking for your tweets too

Posted by: dlkhoward | September 26, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

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