Posted by: sweeneyblog | September 26, 2008

Debate Spin

Here’s what happened. McCain and Obama debated for about an hour and a half, lightly touching on economy, taxes and foreign policy. Here’s what you need to know:

*The moderator encouraged the candidates to address each other directly. Obama addressed John, turning to him on several occasions to ask him questions and challenge his assertions. McCain couldn’t even bring himself to look at Obama. Not once did he look him in the eye during the debate.

*They were evenly matched in grasp of foreign names, countries and whatnot. McCain stumbled of the pronunciation of President Achmidinjad’s name, but that was it.

*Obama was cool, calm and landed a few blows, making reference to some McCain gaffes and drawing specific policy differences between the candidates. McCain landed a couple blows, but seemed to sneer and used very aggressive body language.

Verdit: I felt walking out it was effectively a draw, which means win Obama. Why win Obama? Obama is ahead in the polls and it was on foreign policy, McCain’s strength. McCain spent the half a year trying to convince everyone Obama is inexperienced and unqualified and he showed the world he is prepared to deal with the world as President.

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