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