McCain versus Obama debate thread

A thread for discussion of the US presidential debate as it happens. As with last week’s vice-presidential debate, I won’t tell you shut up if you indulge in partisan name-calling. The other thread remains open for those wishing to discuss the presidential race more broadly.

Author: William Bowe

William Bowe is a Perth-based election analyst and occasional teacher of political science. His blog, The Poll Bludger, has existed in one form or another since 2004, and is one of the most heavily trafficked websites on Australian politics.

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  1. [I notice red ties seem to be the thing in the hall tonight]
    Yeah, they just crashed a meeting of the Associated Communist & Republican League of Tennessee.

  2. obama is asked for who should be or would be his treasury secretary … he won’t commit to a full answer to the question but says warren buffett would be a good choice …

  3. mccain answering a question about the bailout plan and tries to play semantics and says it is NOT a bailout plan it is a rescue plan. apparently rescue has better connotations than bailout? …..

  4. If the Government goes out and buys up bad home loans, then that just increases the exposure of tax payers to the bad debt. Which in the longer term will require higher taxes to cover the debt.

  5. mccain is trying to tell people he has been fighting for the little man, i.e. the “maverick” argument … the worm doesn’t buy it, worm is flatlined ….

  6. [The blokes on the worm dont seem to believe a word that either of them are saying!]
    How did the worm go when McCain said Obama supports tax increases and pork barrel projects?

  7. Obama is making sure that every time McCain attacks one of his position he responds. He doesn’t let anything go by. He doesn’t want to look weak.

  8. [If they go over their time limit for an answer why don’t they just turn off their microphone?]
    Yeah, or why doesn’t Brokaw just interrupt them, which they will try to avoid because it sounds bad.

  9. Yup …. 9/11 is one of those days that you don’t forget where you were and what you were doing. Challenger explosion in 1986 is another one for me.

  10. McCain talks about Obama’s tax policies and the worm goes below the line ….. talks about refundable tax credit for health insurance but doesn’t mention that he will tax their health insurance benefits …..

  11. Worm likes Obama talking about CEO’s who should NOT get tax cuts (i.e no tax cuts for the rich) and no golden parachutes either ……

  12. [For those of us without a TV, how’s it seeming so far folks?]
    Nil all draw.

    However, McCain has lowered his patronising tone from the last debate, it seems he realises that didn’t go down too well.

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