Saturday, September 27, 2008


MCCAIN: It's well-known that I have not been elected Miss Congeniality in the United States Senate nor with the administration. I have opposed the president on spending, on climate change, on torture of prisoner, on - on Guantanamo Bay. On a -- on the way that the Iraq War was conducted. I have a long record and the American people know me very well and that is independent and a maverick of the Senate and I'm happy to say that I've got a partner that's a good maverick along with me now. [Barf.]
OBAMA: ..He even said the other day that he would not meet potentially with the prime minister of Spain, because he -- you know, he wasn't sure whether they were aligned with us. I mean, Spain? Spain is a NATO ally.
MCCAIN: Of course.
OBAMA: If we can't meet with our friends, I don't know how we're going to lead the world in terms of dealing with critical issues like terrorism.
MCCAIN: I'm not going to set the White House visitors schedule before I'm president of the United States. I don't even have a seal yet. [So you know where Waziristan is, but not Spain?]
OBAMA: ..And there are folks out there who've been struggling before this crisis took place. And that's why it's so important, as we solve this short-term problem, that we look at some of the underlying issues thathave led to wages and incomes for ordinary Americans to go down, the-- a health care system that is broken, energy policies that are not working, because, you know, 10 days ago, John said that the fundamentals of the economy are sound.
LEHRER: Say it directly to him.
OBAMA: I do not think that they are.
LEHRER: Say it directly to him.
OBAMA: Well, the -- John, 10 days ago, you said that the fundamentals of the economy are sound. And...
MCCAIN: Are you afraid I couldn't hear him? [Not as afraid as I am of your policies.]

McCain (shown here) came off as angry and at times confused (or at least confusing). When he went down the list of wars or miltary actions he supported, I kept hearing War Pigs in my head. All in all, this was a close debate, with neither side delivering a knockout blow. Obama sounded more presidential and made more logical statements. McCain sounded preachy and never deflected allegations that he cares more about corporations than the average American (when not in military uniform). To read every word verbatim, go here.


alzaido alzaido said...

Obama clearly won this debate. Half of the rounds were probably ties but the other Obama triumphed. The ones that stand out, the bracelets, singing songs of bombing Iran, and wishing the Iraq war had started in 2004.

Distributorcap said...

i loathe mccain
but i have to say what lost the debate for mccain in my mind was his body language and visual cues. i dont agree with anything he says -- and maybe i expected him to be reallllyyy bad - but he wasnt

obama was fine...but he needs more fire (in a good way)

on audio only it was a close call -- on visual it was obama by a mile