McCain, Obama nervous in last debate? Early gaffes…

October 16, 2008

Republican presidential contender John McCain and rival Democratic hopeful Barack Obama appeared to show a little nervousness in the early minutes of their third and final debate, rtx9lji.jpgeach committing minor gaffes.

McCain referred to the mortgage financing giants as “Fannie and Freddie Mae”, instead of their actual names Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

He then referred to the “$750 billion” bailout package aimed at thawing the credit market which Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law earlier this month. Minor mistake, it actually is $700 billion. 

Minutes later, Obama made the same gaffe, calling it a $750 billion program.

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- Photo credit: Reuters/Gary Hershorn (Obama and McCain meet for their last presidential debate.)

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McCain looked like he was trying so hard to be civil, but it jsut doesnt work for him

Posted by terri | Report as abusive

McCain rambled incoherently, showing a quietly enraged demeanor and trying to attack Obama constantly with false information or quibbles. Only the unintelligent will think that he had a coherent plan in his 12th hour. Listening to him was a most disagreeable experience.

Obama showed himself to be sharp, focussed on issues of importance and eager to present excellent ideas that have been planned carefully. He had to fend off McCain’s trivial points. Yet, he still explained and outlined his outstanding ideas.

I am sick of hearing McCain’s attacks. CNN did research to find out who was giving truthful information and on most of the points, Obama was truthful and McCain was not.

McCain is offering nothing. Do you want 4 more years of Bush with a man who is angry and incoherent?

Obama has already demonstrated total command of the issues for the duration of the race. He spoke very solidly, as usual. McCain was fuming with rage because he was too slow to ever try to come up with a coherent, big-picture plan.

Obama will be one of the very greatest presidents the United States has ever had.

Well, it was sad to see that McCain would like to be another kind of candidate, but he’s just John McCain. He actually defended No Child Left Behind, Bush’s ultimate debacle to the middle class. He had a real chance to show how he was different from Bush and then he did that at the end. I don’t know if he was just rattled and defensive, or if he truly believes that was even a real program – it was a punchline to a campaign.

Posted by Shannon | Report as abusive

the fact that anyone is praising McCain for his performance in the third debate proves that he and Palin have lowered people’s expectations down to nothing (don’t forget, the VP debates were a tie!)