Obama and McCain Debate Town Hall-Style in Nashville


road.jpg Debate transcript.
road.jpg CBS Knowledge poll of uncommitted voters — who won? 40% Obama, 26% McCain, 34% draw.
road.jpg CNN Poll — who did best? Obama 54%, McCain 30%. Who would better handle the economy? Obama 59%, McCain 37%. (VIDEO)

road.jpg CNN’s Wolf Blitzer “It’s apparent that Senator McCain has some disdain, I think it’s fair to say, for Senator Obama…”
road.jpg The Nation: McCain’s Failed Debate Offensive…
road.jpg L.A. Times: “Too often, the two men yammered over their Senate voting records — symptomatic, as we noted below, of a congressional mentality that doesn’t translate well in a presidential debate. More vision — something Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan would have spun out effortlessly — would have better served Obama and McCain’s purposes.”
road.jpg Andrew Sullivan: “This was, I think, a mauling: a devastating and possibly electorally fatal debate for McCain.”
road.jpg Taegan Goddard – Political Wire – “Tonight’s debate wasn’t even close. Sen. Barack Obama ran away with it — particularly when speaking about the economy and health care. Talking about his mother’s death from cancer was very powerful. On nearly every issue, Obama was more substantive, showed more compassion and was more presidential. In contrast, Sen. John McCain was extremely erratic…”
road.jpg Robert Kaiser, Washington Post: “I did not think this was McCain at his best. He often seemed very self-conscious to me. His breathless voice tonight sometimes seemed strained and unnatural. His determination, evident in the first debate, to avoid his catch-phrase “my friends” disappeared tonight. He repeated himself quite often. But he ended very well. Obama seemed to project the same steady, cool persona we saw the first time out, and which, the polls say, won the debate for him then.”

One of Obama’s best moments came in a follow-up to John McCain’s accusation that he would announce and launch an attack against Pakistan.

Said Obama: “Look, I — I want to be very clear about what I said. Nobody called for the invasion of Pakistan. Sen. McCain continues to repeat this. What I said was the same thing that the audience here today heard me say, which is, if Pakistan is unable or unwilling to hunt down bin Laden and take him out, then we should. Now, that I think has to be our policy, because they are threatening to kill more Americans. Now, Sen. McCain suggests that somehow, you know, I’m green behind the ears and, you know, I’m just spouting off, and he’s somber and responsible…Sen. McCain, this is the guy who sang, ‘Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran,’ who called for the annihilation of North Korea. That I don’t think is an example of ‘speaking softly.’ This is the person who, after we had — we hadn’t even finished Afghanistan, where he said, ‘Next up, Baghdad.’ So I agree that we have to speak responsibly and we have to act responsibly. And the reason Pakistan — the popular opinion of America had diminished in Pakistan was because we were supporting a dictator, Musharraf, had given him $10 billion over seven years, and he had suspended civil liberties. We were not promoting democracy. This is the kind of policies that ultimately end up undermining our ability to fight the war on terrorism, and it will change when I’m president.”

Obama responds to McCain on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the bailout.
Obama: “Some things I don’t understand”


  1. marty says

    Barack Obama is a real guy. Its time people who support him get vocal. Yes we had preferred to just sit and watch rather than get out and support a candidate but i will officially claim.

    Barack Obama stops and asks questions not just passes by and makes statements

    I worked the debates last night, To say security was tight was an understatement. It was professional and uninhabited and we can thank the professionals that work both sides of a cutting edge of a sword.

    What happened last night to me personally said volumes about who to support for President. As Barak Obama left the building
    We were behind drapes as he was being led out of the building.

    I said “Good Job Barack”

    It was as though time itself had stopped. When Our Guy Barack stuck his head threw the Drape and discovered a bunch of Stagehands and Firemen hiding behind there. He then thanked us for a job well done. Shook hands and encouraged others to engage him.

    No one has to explain racism to the people who come to this site. but several backwards ass white people refused to shake his hand and he encouraged them to shake his hand like, we can make this a better country if you will allow me to be a real guy who woants to get past your anger. The did, and a strong and powerful candidate proved just how good he will be as a Representative of all the people. it just said volumes about Our Guy Barack.

    John Mc Cain Didn’t stop and say anything to the Working class people. Pay not attention to the people who made all this this possible for you. Just get on the Bus…..

    After this highlight of my day, i was quickly returned to the realities of living in the South. As some one i once respected made several Racist comments about Blue Gums. To which i responded “By allowing you bigotry to overcome your judgment of who has the best chance of helping you and your family will be your undoing in the coming finical crisis.

    im sending part of my check to help elect Barack Obama. If we as a group do not support him the Bigots in this country win.

  2. Rad says

    I thought Barack showed a great deal of compassion and integrity. Right from the first question about how the rescue package was going to help the man in the audience. McCain, if anything, came off as smarmy and arrogant; inferring to another audience member that he probably does not know what Fannie Mae is, but someone else does.

    I kept it on CSPAN and after the debate, McCain left post haste, Barack and Michelle stayed and continued talking to people, shaking hands, for a good 15 minutes.

    And, not that it means anything, but John… no lapel flag again?

    Barack was clearly the strong winner last night.

  3. Martin says

    The old man seemed to be confused.
    This old “blabla America is strong, America is the best…”
    Get your facts straight – it takes hard work to fix problems not this “we can do and we will do because we are America”.
    America has lost precious time over the last 20 or more years to modernize the society and industry (Germany is export champion for years now). McCain stands for the same as always and a division of the country and the exclusion of half or more of the population.

  4. Martin says

    And another one to think about:
    The old man does not like Barak Obama… and he shows it.

    What leadership / judgement does he show with this behavior, as a respected statesman / leader of the free world (title goes with the position as president of the USA)?

    How does he want to act as president when he deals with people he does not like? Not talk to them? Sit on a higher chair?

    This is not how you make and keep friends…

  5. LD says

    McCain needs to quit it with the “My friends” routine. It’s so played. The only other times I hear such constant repetition of “my friend” is when I’m in a cab or electronics store, and I’m getting ripped off. “For you, my friend, special price for you, my friend.” It’s supposed to sound sincere and intimate, but it just comes off as creepy and ingenuous.

  6. Crixi Van Cheek says

    Ohhhhh, my Kool-Aid is suddenly quite dee-lish-ush…In fact, I think I will celebrate with a Kool-Aid-tini.
    “I gots the Kool-Aid, you aint gots no Kool-Aid! I ain’t let you haf some”

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