In a historic debate between the oldest presidential debater, and the blackest, who won? What are your thoughts, reactions and analysis?
I think Sen. McCain came off as out of touch and condescending.
Well, his overt usage of “Sen. Obama does not understand,” does buttress that point.
1. Who won the debate? Candidates decide this one.
Obama states McCain is correct 9 times. McCain states Obama is correct 0.
UPDATE 2: Final count: 9 times
On spending cuts:
“Well, I think Senator McCain’s absolutely right that we need more responsibility, but we need it not just when there’s a crisis.”
On spending cuts II:
“Not willing to give up the need to do it but there may be individual components that we can’t do. But John is right we have to make cuts. We right now give $15 billion every year as subsidies to private insurers under the Medicare system. Doesn’t work any better through the private insurers. They just skim off $15 billion.”
“Well, Senator McCain is absolutely right that the earmarks process has been abused, which is why I suspended any requests for my home state, whether it was for senior centers or what have you, until we cleaned it up.”
“He’s also right that oftentimes lobbyists and special interests are the ones that are introducing these kinds of requests, although that wasn’t the case with me.”
On business taxes being too high:
“Now, John mentioned the fact that business taxes on paper are high in this country, and he’s absolutely right.”
On violence in Iraq going down:
“Senator McCain is absolutely right that the violence has been reduced as a consequence of the extraordinary sacrifice of our troops and our military families.”
On POTUS needing to use prudent language: (but added after the McCain bomb, bomb Iran gaffe)
“And, John, I — you’re absolutely right that presidents have to be prudent in what they say.”
On Iraq being “difficult”:
“Now, Senator McCain is also right that it’s difficult. This is not an easy situation.”
On not tolerating Iran having nukes:
“Senator McCain is absolutely right, we cannot tolerate a nuclear Iran.”
I can see where you’re coming from, Objective Analysis.
I don’t feel either of them drove a point home. Of course they agree on the obvious things, spending, taxes, etc.
But the key differences I think is their viewpoints on foreign activities. McCain literally lights up when it comes to the war and tactics and procedures. He’d be a wartime president. He didn’t have the same vigor when it came to things that a lot of people I know care about, many of the the things Obama spoke about, i.e. education, heathcare, etc.
I seems to me that you focus remains overseas, vote republican,
If you look to see some focus brought back home, vote democrat…
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