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Friday, September 26, 2008

Debate Blogging!

Let's blog about tonight's debate. Blog your thoughts about everything right here - all topics allowed. Let's look at speaking and communicating abilities, "acting presidential," responding well to questions, mannerisms, tie choices, etc. This is your chance to chat about our next president - whoever he may be.....

7 Comments:

At 6:00 PM, Blogger JLBinChicago said...

The debate starts at 8 - I guess I got my original info from the wrong website.....

 
At 7:30 PM, Blogger David Steinman said...

has anyone noticed how McCain doesn't really answer the questions asked. He seems to just spit out information.

 
At 7:41 PM, Blogger JLBinChicago said...

Even if you watch the debate later this weekend, please blog your thoughts!

 
At 9:07 PM, Blogger Amy L. said...

McCain had an aggressive strategy that somewhat bothered me, but it was an effective strategy by repeating that "Senator Obama just doesn't get it." He made himself seem more experienced, especially when he talked about going to this country and that country or being friends with so and so for 35 years. At the same time, when I heard that statement, I felt like he was making himself seem really old. If you think about it, Obama was 12 years old 35 years ago. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing because most of those leaders he mentioned must be fairly old as well.
As for Obama, he was pretty consistent, and he did a better job of addressing McCain. I don't think McCain ever talked to Obama directly. It seemed like he was talking to Jim the whole time. Overall, neither one was a knock out. In my opinion, Obama was strong in discussing the current economic situation and appealing to the middle class voters while McCain was stronger in some of the foreign policy issues. When it all comes down to the voters, I think most voters will vote based on their economy and not on foreign policy.

 
At 6:52 AM, Blogger JLBinChicago said...

Amy - Excellent analysis of debate! Anyone else watch?

 
At 6:21 PM, Blogger David Steinman said...

Amy I agree with you that McCain did seem stronger on the foreign policy area but in my opinion by repeating him self so many times and just saying that Obama just doesn't get it seemed like he was looking down on Obama and disrespecting him. They both got to where they are by working hard you can't argue that. Also McCain seemed to try and not answer the questions, and when he did he would not stop and got on to a new topic that wasn't brought up.

 
At 5:44 PM, Blogger Flaks said...

I found the debate interesting as well in that I thought that at the beginning Obama seemed to have much more solid points than McCain. When talking about the economy it seemed that Obama had pretty solid ideas about what to do. What I really didn't like was McCain bringing up that all spending should be frozen besides that for the army, veteran affairs and entitlement programs. I understand that McCain fought in Vietnam and I admire his fighting for this country but I feel that with that comment he is only focusing in on those voters.
Just like Amy, I didn't see a clear winner, both candidates seemed a bit nervous and didn't sound as strong as they do when giving their speeches. I have also been reading Time, and although they are a more liberal magazine, an article about McCain's lying throughout the campaign caught my attention. I do understand that politicans may stretch the truth but this article made me wonder how far are candidates truly allowed to go to make their point? There were some points he made in the debate about Obama that I now wonder, were they mistretched truths or blatant lies?

 

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