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Debate Liveblogging: Everyone Should Have Health Care

By JJ Duncan on
Obama health care bullet points.If you've got a health care plan, you can keep it.Small businesses will not have a mandate.You will have to make sure that your children have health care.I believe we should crack down on insurance companies that are cheating their customers.The protections you have will not be available to you under McCain's plan where insurance companies can cross state lines (it's complicated)Read Full Story

Debate Liveblogging: Health Care

By JJ Duncan on
Obama wants to work with your employer to lower the cost of your health care.He also says that those without insurance could buy government health insurance and would never be denied for preexisting conditions.He then attacked McCain's policy for taxing consumer spending on health care.McCain says Obama's policies will fine small businesses that don't offer their employees health care. Also, he says his policies would cover everyone except people with "golden-plated" health policies that...Read Full Story

Debate Liveblogging: "They Shouldn't Even Ask Hard Questions Because They Don't Answer Anyway"

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Those were the words of my coworker Premal. I wonder how many other people are saying the same thing.Read Full Story

Debate Liveblogging: "We Have Lights Around Here"

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Tom Brokaw called out Obama and McCain and sounds like he might start cutting off the two when they go over their time limits.Read Full Story

Debate Liveblogging: Who is More Green?

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McCain breaks from party lines by advocating green policies. When the candidates were asked how they would develop green policies, McCain again emphasized his backing for clean nuclear power (that is, clean if you don't count the waste). Still, McCain sounds competent and believable on the subject.Obama on the subject: "We're going to have to make an investment."Obama favors nuclear power as one component of an energy solution that would encompass other energy sources such as wind and solar...Read Full Story

Debate Liveblogging: Obama Takes a Swing

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After McCain outlined a few specific tax policies and explained that Obama would be raising taxes, Obama came out swinging.Obama took a move from the Palin playbook and ignored the question as he challenged McCain's tax policies and pointed out (again) that he wanted to cut taxes for the middle class.McCain responded in his first line by saying "I'll actually answer the question."McCain is winning this debate.Read Full Story

Debate Liveblogging: Hatchets and Jell-O

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Both candidates are trotting out the lines they've been cultivating on the campaign trail.Obama says McCain's spending freeze would be using a hatchet when a scalpel is needed.McCain says pegging down an Obama tax policy is like "nailing Jell-O to the wall" and says taxes WILL go up under an Obama administration. McCain says he doesn't want to raise taxes on anyone, including the wealthy.McCain then went on to outline a specific tax policy to decrease taxes on families and how his tax credits...Read Full Story

Debate Liveblogging: What Will You Sacrifice?

By JJ Duncan on
An Internet question pointed out that the people of America are no longer told they have to sacrifice things in times of hardship. She then asked how each candidate would ask the American people to sacrifice to make America a better place.McCain said he would eliminate scurrilous spending. It doesn't really address how everyday people would be asked to sacrifice.Obama called on Americans to be more energy conscious and not to think of "going shopping" as a way to help the country.Read Full Story

Debate Liveblogging: Eliminate Agencies and Programs That Aren't Working

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McCain and Obama have both emphasized the importance of eliminating pork and earmarks.McCain says spending freezeObama says zero-base budget (meaning you start writing your budget with nothing and build up)Honestly I think they're both lying. Neither of those solutions are practical.Read Full Story

Debate Liveblogging: McCain Says Build a Whole Bunch of Nuclear Power Plants

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John McCain just said to solve the energy problem, he would "build a whole bunch" of nuclear power plants. How's that grab you? Hmmm. He says it's an important step in the U.S. moving away from foreign energy dependence.Brokaw asked them to prioritize the followingEnergyHealth careSocial SecurityBoth put energy at number one.Read Full Story