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October 7, 2008

Liveblogging: McCain, Obama battle on the economy

Barack Obama and John McCain are making jabs at each other as they walk around at the town hall debate tonight.

Most of the debate has focused on the economy, including the bailout, healthcare, and tax cuts so far. A transcript is available here.

The debate shifted to foreign policy with a question about the candidates' support for Israel: "If, despite your best diplomatic efforts, Iran attacks Israel, would you be willing to commit U.S. troops in support and defense of Israel? Or would you wait on approval from the U.N. Security Council?"

McCain said, "Let me say that we obviously would not wait for the United Nations Security Council. ... we can never allow a second Holocaust to take place."

Obama: "If we could have intervened effectively in the Holocaust, who among us would say that we had a moral obligation not to go in? ... So when genocide is happening, when ethnic cleansing is happening somewhere around the world and we stand idly by, that diminishes us."

There were seven references to God in the vice presidential debate. Tonight, zero. McCain said "my friends" or "my friend" 22 times, but there was little faith talk from either candidate tonight.

Maybe the closest was Obama's line when referring to McCain's approach to health care: "So what one hand giveth, the other hand taketh away." Sounds a tiny bit like Job's "the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away."


What a fun few days in my hometown! Barack Obama prepared for tonight's debate in Asheville, and the whole town was on Cloud Nine! He drew 28,000 at a rally Sunday (not bad for a town of 70,000 people! Do you participate in rallies when a candidate comes to a town near you, or do you just hear about it on the news?
You can vote in my poll regarding who you think won the debate tonight at peoplepowergranny.blogspot.com

I hate to admit it, but Sen. Obama did better than Sen. McCain in what had to be one of the lamest presidential debates of all time. I really hope people don't rely too heavily on these debates in determining which candidate to vote for.

Last night was boring. Obama is on cruise control since he only needs to stay on topic and keep his cool to win this one. McCain is daily becoming frumpier and grumpier; sadly becoming an angry old man right in front of our eyes.

I agree with the comment that the debate was "boring", and Tom Brokaw's selection of questions IS the reason why. This was supposed to be a town hall meeting (or look like it), but Brokaw controlled (or tried to) all the questions, and inserted many of his own. We didn't see the real candidates, and we didn't hear anything new -- except McCains' proposal to have the Fed buy up bad mortages and re-negotiate them. How in the world do you pay for that? Why is it that politicians think that the answer to every question is to thrown money at it?? Why don't we just put the two men in the ring and have them take the gloves off -- and go at it for 90 minutes - no "moderator" - just a referee! Now that's a thought! Ha!

Senator McCain came across negative,hasty,bitter, angry and damn right condescending to Sen.Obama whom he referred to as "that one". Sarah Palin fared better in her debate, referring to Sen.Biden as Joe. I am not surprised at Sen.McCain's demeanor last night.His campaign left the high and lofty road for a low, divisive,negative,anger provoking path through character assassination of his opposition in these last days of the election cycle and is reaping what he has sowed.He who would be gracious, will reap grace and he who would sow bitterness and anger, reap be bitterness and anger.
On the other hand, Sen. Obama came out more presidential.He was calm,charming,sincere and explained his positions as well as correct Sen. McCain's deliberate distortions of his records.

NBC and Brokow should be spanked. Tom totally lost control of the forum and it migrated far away from the "Town Hall" approach. What's with that? I so dislike BO's smirks (childish), and JM's "my friend/my friends" (disingenuous). I had to live blog the debate just to stay awake. Boring, boring, boring. No minds were changed. No votes gained or given up. What is happening to our great country? This is tragic.

Obama won. McCain lost. Again.