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post #1 of 19
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Who won the second Presidential debate, held tonight (Tuesday Oct 7) in Nashville, moderated by Tom Brokaw?
post #2 of 19
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I thought this debate was more sharply defined than the first debate. It looked to me like Obama made the best use of the intervening time, improving his command of the issues and ability to address them coherently and substantively. Although I don't agree with a number of his plans and positions, I definitely give him a decided win in tonight's debate.

And if John McCain calls me his "friend" one more time, I'm going to be sick.

At this point, I'm not going to be voting for either of these men. Though so long as the people of this country recognize, support, and vote for only two parties, I think that at this point Sen. Obama will be our next President.
post #3 of 19
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Originally Posted by coaster View Post
I thought this debate was more sharply defined than the first debate. It looked to me like Obama made the best use of the intervening time, improving his command of the issues and ability to address them coherently and substantively. Although I don't agree with a number of his plans and positions, I definitely give him a decided win in tonight's debate.

And if John McCain calls me his "friend" one more time, I'm going to be sick.

At this point, I'm not going to be voting for either of these men. Though so long as the people of this country recognize, support, and vote for only two parties, I think that at this point Sen. Obama will be our next President.
I agree, on all your points, except on the voting part.
post #4 of 19
I thought the healthcare question was interesting. McCain said it was a responsibility, but didn't say whose responsibility?? Obama said it's a right, and told a powerful story about his mother's fight with cancer - I think that's something that a lot of people will be able to relate to.

I also didn't like the way McCain was speaking - he sounded almost condescending the way he was speaking when he was answering questions from the audience - a weird, soft, slow, breathy voice.

I didn't like how wordy Obama was - they both were, but Obama I think waffled a little more.
post #5 of 19
going to say mccain,

but obama did much better this time(even if i did not like some of his answers)
post #6 of 19
I missed this one too!
post #7 of 19
UGh, I really don't like either of them.

I am a little concerned about the McCain plan to buy out all the mortgages and and then refinance them at a lower rate. Ummmm doesn't that mean that "we" the taxpayers are paying again for another bailout?

This will allow those people to stay out of foreclosure, but we the taxpayers are going to be footing another bill.


I hated the tit for tat of the you did this, no you did that, smackdown garbage. Why they can't they just say what they are going to do and leave the other out of it. They both sounded like whiny babies on this aspect.

Overall, I think Obama answered the questions with more substance, I have a better understanding on what he actually plans to do. McCain just didn't have enough substance in his answers.

I have to give a definite win to Obama on this one.
post #8 of 19
Obama won again.
His answers made more sense and were explained. His demeanor was presidential and he didn't attack so much.
McCain again was not likable and he kept calling people "my friends" it was annoying. It was bad form when he pointed to Obama and said 'that one'.
There was weirdness in his behavior. Kind of peevish. The format did not suit him because it made him look old and stiff while Obama looked young and fit.
Also he kept scribbling notes and reading things in between like Palin did which I found odd too.
post #9 of 19
I called it a tie.

I like Obama's answers better (obviously) but I wonder if his being so reserved will go over well with the majority. McCain seemed to strut around and sputter.

But neither one of them answered that one blonde gal's question about using healthcare insurance as a commodity!
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Trella: Senator, selling health care coverage in America as the marketable commodity has become a very profitable industry.

Do you believe health care should be treated as a commodity?
They both either dodged it or misunderstood it! And that could be as big a time bomb as the mortgage crisis IMO.

Transcript here: http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/...te.transcript/
post #10 of 19
I actually found this debate boring but I didn't like the "town hall" forum. I like to see the reaction on both canidates faces and I didn't get it with this one. I actually have to watch it again before I decide who actually won.

McCain did act a little strange last night, I thought, but I do think he explained more of his plan than Obama did. One thing that struck me is Obama is promising tax cuts for 95% of Americans, but he wants to "invest" in new energy programs, etc. Invest of course means spending. He said he wants to cut spending, but not across the board. So....what spending is he going to cut? What existing programs are going to lose funding? I'm not politically minded but even I know to fund programs you need to get the money from somewhere, ie taxes.

I think McCain was better at the closing though. When asked "what don't you know", Obama said his wife could answer that better (what wife couldn't answer that better for her husband! ) then went on to talk about what he did know...that US is a wonderful place. McCain at least said he didn't know what the future would bring, both domestically and nationally. I know it was a hard question and neither was going to admit they didn't know something, but I think McCain handled that question better and ended on a higher note.
post #11 of 19
I believe McCain won.

I also have to do some research on the Obama "mom" thing.
I have read a few things that Obama was estranged from his mother during her last days. If true, his entire bringing up his mom is phony.
post #12 of 19
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Obama won again.
His answers made more sense and were explained. His demeanor was presidential and he didn't attack so much.
McCain again was not likable and he kept calling people "my friends" it was annoying. It was bad form when he pointed to Obama and said 'that one'.
There was weirdness in his behavior. Kind of peevish. The format did not suit him because it made him look old and stiff while Obama looked young and fit.
Also he kept scribbling notes and reading things in between like Palin did which I found odd too.
At least for the 1st hour. That's the only part I watched.
post #13 of 19
I didn't get a chance to watch the whole debate so Im not sure and I didn't vote.
I live in the state of utah which is primarily republican and mostly for Mccain and strangely enough 60% thought Obama won. 35% thought Mccain won and 5% was undecided. I was actually very surprised. Thats what the local new station reported anyway
post #14 of 19
I was frustrated at the number of times they asked Obama to stick to the time limits he had agreed upon before the debate so was flipping through channels so for that alone I think McCain won.
However, both of them seemed a little 'different' than usual last night.

I agree with whoever said that McCain answered the last question better, a question of weakness comes up often in interviews even for a job and I think that Obama could have tried to actually answer it with more than an 'ask my wife'.
post #15 of 19
IMO it was a tie. I hated the you did this and you did that going back and forth between the two. It really turned me off of the whole debate.

I'm leaning more toward Obama but I would have preferred he ignore McCain when he did the tit for tat crap. I felt McCain looked really old last night making Obama look young and strong.

I still don't really care for either healthcare plan.
post #16 of 19
I didn't like how they were constrained during this debate. During the first one, the moderator tried to get them to debate each other freely and they wouldn't do it. Last night they appeared to want to do so and weren't allowed.

I'd like to see about a 4 hour open discussion between the 2 of them that is unconstrained by moderators.
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by kittymonsters View Post
I hated the tit for tat of the you did this, no you did that, smackdown garbage. Why they can't they just say what they are going to do and leave the other out of it. They both sounded like whiny babies on this aspect.
that was what i disliked most about the VP debate.
i haven't "watched" any of them. i've read transcripts.
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by 2dogmom View Post
I called it a tie.

I like Obama's answers better (obviously) but I wonder if his being so reserved will go over well with the majority. McCain seemed to strut around and sputter.

But neither one of them answered that one blonde gal's question about using healthcare insurance as a commodity!


They both either dodged it or misunderstood it! And that could be as big a time bomb as the mortgage crisis IMO.

Transcript here: http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/...te.transcript/
I agree ...
post #19 of 19
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. I hated the you did this and you did that going back and forth between the two. It really turned me off of the whole debate.

I'm leaning more toward Obama but I would have preferred he ignore McCain when he did the tit for tat crap. I felt McCain looked really old last night making Obama look young and strong.

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I agree I wish they would focus more on what they will do right and what they are going to do to help the country rather then what the other has done wrong.
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