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Liveblogging Debate 3: Is Sarah Palin qualified to be President?

By JJ Duncan on
Bob Schieffer asked the question on everyone's mind: "Do you think she's qualified to be President?"Obama took the high road here. He says it's up to the American people to decide. He did NOT bring up the corruption charges. That says to me that Obama feels like this election is his to lose and he doesn't want to go on the attack because it would change the tone of the debate.Read Full Story

Liveblogging Debate 3: The Running Mates

By JJ Duncan on
Asking the candidates to explain their choices for running mates seems biased to me. Don't get me wrong, I think it's great to put the candidates on the spot about their running mates. But is there any possible way to defend Sarah Palin at this point?McCain says "Americans have gotten to know Sarah Palin." Boy have they. He says she's a reformer. I reeeeally want to see Obama jump on this and bring up the corruption charges brought against her last Friday.Read Full Story

Liveblogging Debate 3: McCain Repeating Attack Ads in Debate

By JJ Duncan on
Wow.I thought McCain would be coming into this debate with a real campaign reboot.Instead, he's pretty much repeating his latest attack ads about Obama's associations with William Ayers and ACORN.For the first time, Obama is responding by completely explaining his relationship with William Ayers and ACORN.McCain is looking frustrated and Obama is looking poised.I'm very surprised to see McCain carry the attack ads into the debate. I thought he was looking to elevate the debate. This is bad...Read Full Story

Liveblogging Debate 3: Attack Politics

By JJ Duncan on
Bob Schieffer called out the candidates on their negative campaign tactics.McCain says things could have been kept clean if Obama had joined him in more town hall meetings. McCain points out that Obama has spent more money on negative campaign ads than any campaign in history.Obama points out that 2/3 of those polled recently felt that McCain was running a negative campaign versus 1/3 who felt Obama was running a negative campaign.Obama repeated his line from the last debate: "I don't mind...Read Full Story

Liveblogging Debate 3: McCain & Obama Fight Over Tying McCain to Bush

By JJ Duncan on
John McCain is angry about being tied to the sinking ship that is the Bush administration and says if Obama wanted to run against Bush, he should have run four years ago.Obama says McCain is four more years of Bush.Read Full Story

Liveblogging Debate 3: How will you shore up the deficit?

By JJ Duncan on
Bob Shieffer isn't messin' around. He says both senators' proposals will plunge the United States even deeper in debt. How will they shore up the national debt?Obama says he wants to go through the budget line-by-line. It sounds like he's talking about zero-base budgeting almost (an incredibly elaborate, time and money-consuming process). It's a radical idea, but I doubt it's something he would pursue too doggedly.McCain says to reduce the national deficit, we need to become energy...Read Full Story

Liveblogging Debate 3: Joe the Plumber

By JJ Duncan on
OK so Barack Obama repeated the phrase "Joe the Plumber" then McCain said it a few more times. Drop it and move on.Obama says his tax plan will actually cut taxes for most small businesses (those that make less than $250,000/yr) and allow them to employ more workers.Obama brought up Warren Buffett for the second debate in a row. Is Buffett really in the running for Secretary of the Treasury? I wonder if he and Obama have discussed the topic.Read Full Story

Liveblogging Debate 3: Obama says 'focus on jobs'

By JJ Duncan on
Barack Obama has that aggressive look he had in the last debate. He says to fix the economy, we have to focus on jobs, fix our health care system, educational system, etc. No real specifics.McCain is literally telling a story about a small business owner named Joe. Joe's last name wouldn't happen to be Sixpack would it? The story is about Joe the plumber who is afraid to expand his business because Obama will raise his taxes. These anecdotal stories don't work when people feel them to be...Read Full Story

Liveblogging Debate 3: Bob Scheiffer Sets the Tone

By JJ Duncan on
Bob Scheiffer and his evil eyebrows welcomed the candidates by bringing up the economic crisis.He says if candidates don't question each other, he will.I like the table better than the podiums. I wonder who this format benefits more. I guess McCain doesn't have to move around.McCain says Americans are hurting and they're angry. He says there needs to be a short term and a long term fix. The short term fix is to buy people's mortgages.Read Full Story

Polls Showing Obama Won 2nd Debate

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Barack Obama speaks during the Town Hall Presidential Debate with John McCain at Belmont University's Curb Event Center October 7, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America) National polls are showing the consensus to be a win for Obama in his second debate with John McCain.The Town Hall style debate, moderated by Tom Brokaw, featured questions culled from MySpace and from the 80 undecided voters in attendance. According to CNN, 54% of viewers felt Obama...Read Full Story