To me, it was a draw, with neither candidate putting his foot in his mouth. McCain managed to emphasize his long experience, especially in foreign policy (though I still think Iraq was a huge blunder) and cost-cutting, while Obama demonstrated that he has a much clearer concept of, i.e., plan for, what needs to be done to get the country back on track on the home front (healthcare, education, tax relief for the middle-class), and how to restore/build more trust in the U.S., i.e., its reputation, overseas. If he was born in 1961, wouldn't his father have been trying to get into U.S. universities in the 1950s? Or did I mishear? McCain's frequent mentions of Obama's relative inexperience and "naiveté" really raised questions about his own choice of a running mate, especially with the VP debate coming up just next week.
I realize the venue was set long before the candidates were, but it did strike me as an historic moment: the first African-American presidential candidate for a major party debating at James Meredith's