Comments on: Last presidential debate ends, will the spread narrow? http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/10/15/last-presidential-debate-ends-will-the-spread-narrow/ Tracking U.S. politics Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:39:51 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: David Chin http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/10/15/last-presidential-debate-ends-will-the-spread-narrow/comment-page-4/#comment-381822 Thu, 16 Oct 2008 18:25:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/10/15/last-presidential-debate-ends-will-the-spread-narrow/#comment-381822 I think McCain won. He cornered Obama on several issues, such as taxes, voting records on abortion, unkept campaign promises, etc. Obama either had no good answer or lied in response to those. Here’s why this is good for McCain: he doesn’t have the gobs of money to saturate the air waves with those messages. Obama has money bleeding out his rear-end and didn’t have to attack McCain in the debate because he has a near-infinite supply of money to saturate the air waves with attack ads. This debate was McCain’s best and probably only chance to bring Obama’s record and broken promises to the forefront and he did just that.

On demeanor, body language, and eloquence, Obama definitely performed better. Obama’s good at lying, twisting, and smooth-talking. He also pointed that out a couple times. McCain was clearly frustrated by that, as are many Republicans.

I’ll agree with everyone that the Ayers connection isn’t solid enough to warrant the kind of attention McCain’s campaign has given it.

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By: Shelia http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/10/15/last-presidential-debate-ends-will-the-spread-narrow/comment-page-4/#comment-381804 Thu, 16 Oct 2008 17:50:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/10/15/last-presidential-debate-ends-will-the-spread-narrow/#comment-381804 I’d be careful of putting down any news Network like Obama did. He put down FOX. And he looked like a sniveling child when he did it. I don’t get why he did that because ABC, NBC, MSNBC, and his own Obama Channel on DISHnetwork are all leaning left towards him and obviously bias against Repubs.

Add to that the list of Celebu-supporters and all the millions of $$ he’s thrown into this campaign to smear the other side — I wonder why he’s worried about FOX. I guess I’ll have to go watch it and see what they say.

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By: Kim http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/10/15/last-presidential-debate-ends-will-the-spread-narrow/comment-page-4/#comment-381800 Thu, 16 Oct 2008 17:44:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/10/15/last-presidential-debate-ends-will-the-spread-narrow/#comment-381800 Obama did act sort of calm, except when he kept interrupting Senator McCain and trying to talk over him. He’s a lawyer, he knows how to talk to the talk. People say he talked more
Presidential– well what is that?

The question is — can he walk the walk?

THe answer is — we don’t know. Obama has no solid record of doing anything he says he’s going to do.

McCain is solid. He does what he says and he says what he does.

I have no doubt that both candidates love and honor the United States of AMerica but I’ve only heard the words from one of them: John McCain.

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By: Bryan http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/10/15/last-presidential-debate-ends-will-the-spread-narrow/comment-page-4/#comment-381787 Thu, 16 Oct 2008 16:47:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/10/15/last-presidential-debate-ends-will-the-spread-narrow/#comment-381787 Reading some of the comments is comical; it’s like cheering for two last place teams hoping that your team wins and doesn’t come in last. How did it ever come to this? Surely there are more qualified candidates for president than Obama and McCain! Does it really matter which one becomes president? Whoever IS elected will continue to blame the Bush administration for the next four years and why they are not able to pull us out of the mess were are in!

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By: Dave http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/10/15/last-presidential-debate-ends-will-the-spread-narrow/comment-page-4/#comment-381784 Thu, 16 Oct 2008 16:42:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/10/15/last-presidential-debate-ends-will-the-spread-narrow/#comment-381784 I could care less what any candidates Pastor has to say. I could care less what any candidates religion is.
I could care less what race any candidate is.
I could care less what a candidates middle name is.

I care that Palin comes off as an idiot.
I care that McCain comes off as angry and mean.
I care that McCain/Palin believe in overturning Roe vs. Wade.
I care that I see more War through McCain, and more lower/middle class help with Obama.
I care that if McCain dies at the helm, we get stuck with the Pageant Winner.
I care that if Obama gets whacked, at least we have a level headed Biden to step in.

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By: isabelle http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/10/15/last-presidential-debate-ends-will-the-spread-narrow/comment-page-4/#comment-381768 Thu, 16 Oct 2008 15:42:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/10/15/last-presidential-debate-ends-will-the-spread-narrow/#comment-381768 OBAMA WON THE DEBATE. HOPEFULLY HE WILL BE OUR PRESIDENT. WE WILL GAIN OUR RESPECT FROM OTHER COUNTRIES AGAIN.

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By: Dana http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/10/15/last-presidential-debate-ends-will-the-spread-narrow/comment-page-4/#comment-381762 Thu, 16 Oct 2008 15:22:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/10/15/last-presidential-debate-ends-will-the-spread-narrow/#comment-381762 The first 20 comments or so appear to have been written by the same person(s). Makes me wonder if Obama contines to use ACORN tactics.

Dana

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By: Ben http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/10/15/last-presidential-debate-ends-will-the-spread-narrow/comment-page-4/#comment-381758 Thu, 16 Oct 2008 15:04:57 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/10/15/last-presidential-debate-ends-will-the-spread-narrow/#comment-381758 Not that anyone will read my comment afer all the others, it is just funny to see all the Obama sheep not seeing that both canidates acted like children. Obama was interrupting, sighing, laughing AT mccain, and when he was asked if he would denounce the attacks, he ignored the question. He is an angry angry man that thinks because he is black he DESERVES the presidency. Not that I think mccain is useful but obama berated (as did mccain), he interrupted mid sentance (as mccain did later on) and overall if he was a child, he would have gotten spanked and a time out…

Maybe instead of calling obama the empty suit, we should call his fans that…

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By: Daniel P Richardson http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/10/15/last-presidential-debate-ends-will-the-spread-narrow/comment-page-4/#comment-381729 Thu, 16 Oct 2008 13:25:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/10/15/last-presidential-debate-ends-will-the-spread-narrow/#comment-381729 I maybe wrong, but I think the pundits, the editorial writers, and the media in general– no matter which side of the political spectrum they come from– fail to understand how unsettling and frightening this economic crisis is for many Americans.

Thus, the GOP magic words of “big government”, “lower taxes”, “tax and spend liberal”, “fiscal responsibility” and so on no longer resonate with many voters. Clearly, these words still have impact on the Republican base, but they have become fighting words for Democrats and seem to be becoming “used cars” for independents.

It was either amusing or sad last night to listen to the GOP activists (Bill Bennett et all) on CNN trumpet a McCain victory and they cited as the reasons many of the afore mentioned words– in other words McCain had gotten Obama and made his points. When the polls came out in the other direction they were at a loss to explain except to say the polls were wrong. In my view, these words do not work now and in fact represent (perhaps unfairly) the words of what “got us here”.

Until such time, McCain and his party can come to grips with this– Obama’s march to a landslide is unstoppable.

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By: Dane http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/10/15/last-presidential-debate-ends-will-the-spread-narrow/comment-page-4/#comment-381728 Thu, 16 Oct 2008 13:23:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/10/15/last-presidential-debate-ends-will-the-spread-narrow/#comment-381728 I’m 72 and in pretty good physical and mental condition, my wife however says Iforget things. What is McCain made of since he dare to run for president, he is a nervous rag. That’s my conclusion after watching him during the debate, a blinking winking, face wrinkling old man.
We need a smart man and without doubt some young blood from the generation which is our working women and men right now. GO OBAMA GO, by the way he won the debat by a land slide, so will the final votes go as well.

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