Final Thoughts on the Debate

Once again, it seems that McCain outpointed Obama when he needed to score a knockout. Obama held his own throughout, and might have had the edge on the economic questions. But McCain relished the foreign policy section to talk about his long experience, and to present himself as “a steady hand at the tiller”.

McCain certaintly was lucky to have former Navy Chief ask a question, and the moment they shared put McCain military service briefly back in focus.

Both men danced around the question of whether they would send troops to support Israel if Iran attacked. 

All in all, a conventional debate that was not at all the game-changer McCain needs.  

2 Responses to Final Thoughts on the Debate

  1. Pachanguera says:

    “Once again, it seems that McCain outpointed Obama when he needed to score a knockout…

    “All in all, a conventional debate that was not at all the game-changer McCain needs.”

    So how would you ultimately call this debate? Do you believe McCain won, but just barely? Or are these quotes hinting that perhaps this round was Obama’s victory?

  2. AT says:

    I think that the tie goes to Obama in this round. McCain didn’t have anything spectacular to say and, frankly, Obama was the better speaker. This is reminiscent of McCain’s performance during the primaries … at some point, he just zones out and loses focus.

    If he wants a chance to make this race competitive, McCain has to go back to hitting Obama on the *issues*.

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