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Presidential Debate Liveblogging: Round 2 Goes to McCain

By JJ Duncan on
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) gesture to the crowd at the start of their Town Hall Presidential Debate at Belmont University's Curb Event Center October 7, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America)  Here it is, my second attempt at liveblogging. Once again, these things are VERY rough gut-reactions that were written as the debate progressed. I'm calling the debate for McCain, but I still think he has a major uphill battle if he...Read Full Story

Debate Liveblogging: The Last Word

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Last Question: "What don't you know and how will you learn it?"Obama: My mom got foodstamps. I succeeded through help and hard work. Are we going to pass on the American dream? Kids don't have money for college. We need fundamental change.McCain: Challenges we face will be different. Countries we'll be dealing with will be countries people can't find on a map. I know what it's like to find hope in dark times, to rely on others in tough times, to have your comrades pick you up and put you back...Read Full Story

Debate Liveblogging: McCain the Rockstar

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The political equilvalent of a stage dive is shaking hands with the audience DURING the debate. McCain is exhibiting a massive amount of confidence in this debate. How did things get so turned around?McCain obviously won this debate. Obama looked good, but not good enough.The Obama camp will go back to the drawing board in the next couple of days with one question: What the fuck happened?How did John McCain hoodwink Obama into being on the defensive for an hour and a half while looking secure...Read Full Story

Debate Liveblogging: Is Russia the Evil Empire?

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Obama (serious): They've done evil things.McCain (with a smile): Maybe.McCain looks like the relaxed, confident candidate here and he's convincing voters that he's not an out-of-touch old man.Read Full Story

Debate Liveblogging: Another Cold War

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McCain says there should be penalties on Russia for behaving badly and that the country is being run by former KGB operatives.How does he plan to employ those penalties without sparking another Cold War? That's my follow-up.Obama says provide moral and financial support to former Soviet satellites to prevent them from falling back on old ways. It's the argument that keeping these countries financially stable will keep them from becoming hostile.Read Full Story

Debate Liveblogging: On Afghanistan

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Obama: Get out of Iraq so we can focus on Afghanistan. (Is he running out of material, or has the question been done to death?)McCain: Employ the Petraeus Iraq strategy in Afghanistan. (Another repeat.)McCain also says people are leading normal lives in Iraq. Huh? That one kinda flew over everyone's heads I think.Read Full Story

Debate Liveblogging: Obama Noticeably Flustered

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After getting zinged by McCain, Obama fought for a follow up response.He looked like he was flailing thorughout his response. McCain then insisted on having equal time. He says he WILL get bin Laden, but he won't telegraph his punches.Another point for McCain. Ouch.Read Full Story

Debate Liveblogging: Get Osama First

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Barack Obama says he wants to end the war in Iraq so we can send troops to Afghanistan and stabilize the region that gave rise to Osama bin Laden.Also, fuck Pakistan, kill bin Laden and crush Al Queda. Who knew Obama could get so tough?McCain: Walk softly and carry a big stick. But Obama is talking loudly. Damn he's good.McCain says the same fundamental Petraeus strategy put in place in Iraq should be implemented in Afghanistan. It's the same thing he said in the first debate.Read Full Story

Debate Liveblogging: Obama/ McCain Doctrine for Use of Force

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Obama advocates a policy of interventionism in cases such as Rwanda and the WWII Jewish holocaust. Obama says we should be intervening on some level in Darfur.McCain started out by attacking Obama on his desire to pull troops out of Iraq. McCain says his doctrine would be "tempered with a cool hand" because any interventionism should only be undertaken after considering how a situation might beneficially be affected by U.S. intervention.McCain says never again to Rwanda, but don't make...Read Full Story

Debate Liveblogging: Use of the Military

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An obviously anti-war audience member asked about the use of force.McCain was right at home with this question. He was on point as he explained that he is the National Security candidate and that Obama doesn't understand how to protect the country.Obama says that's right. He doesn't understand. He doesn't understand how we can attack a country that had nothing to do with 9/11. He says bad judgment has marred our national security efforts in the last eight years.He says we're spending $10...Read Full Story