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2008 Presidential Race, Barack Obama, John McCain

>Open Discussion: The Second Presidential Debate

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22 thoughts on “>Open Discussion: The Second Presidential Debate

  1. >Edmund Burke on a “right” to healthcare: “What is the use of discussing a man’s abstract right to food or medicine? The question is upon the method of procuring and administering them. In that deliberation I shall always advise to call in the aid of the farmer and the physician, rather than the professor of metaphysics.”

    Posted by Jared Nelson | October 8, 2008, 4:12 am
  2. >McCain presidency will buy billions of mortgages? Well, we had our chance to nominate a conservative and we blew it.

    Posted by Jeff Wright | October 8, 2008, 4:04 am
  3. >Here’s what I said elsewhere:…even though I really didn’t like the format of the debate all that much. The point of townhalls is to get different questions that the candidates usually don’t get a chance to talk about. However, the questions tonight were the same old stuff…and because of that so were much of the answers. The format also didn’t allow for a lot of follow-ups or rebuttals.With that said, I thought McCain did well and won on points. This is a good starting point. He needs to keep on the pressure and keep hammering away at Obama with regards to taxes, the Democrats role with the subprime loans, and his connections to Ayers and others. I expect to see the polls to start tightening again.

    Posted by J.Wizzle | October 8, 2008, 4:01 am
  4. >”Town halls are not about canned questions, but about unpredictable questions coming straight from normal people, not Tom’s favorite questions.”Well said. How frustrating.

    Posted by Jeff Wright | October 8, 2008, 3:22 am
  5. >”This is not a knockout for either candidate.”No, its not. I hope people will do their own research beyond the talking points. Look at what they are proposing, claiming, their record. What are the implications of what they are proposing. What will increased taxes do to the ecomony, for example? Is health care a right? Ugh, there’s so much to discuss. I just hope people are doing due diligence and truly educating themselves at a fundamental level. Sadly, this is not the case.

    Posted by Jeff Wright | October 8, 2008, 3:21 am
  6. >No Abortion questions. The format was a sham. Town halls are not about canned questions, but about unpredictable questions coming straight from normal people, not Tom’s favorite questions.

    Posted by Jared Nelson | October 8, 2008, 3:14 am
  7. >Did the abortion question ever come up in any of the debates? I don’t remember that it did.

    Posted by M. Jay Bennett | October 8, 2008, 2:37 am
  8. >The Loser: the person that watched the whole rambling, disjoined thing…

    Posted by Jared Nelson | October 8, 2008, 2:36 am
  9. >Is it over yet? This is difficult to watch. I’m not a fan of this format.

    Posted by Jared Nelson | October 8, 2008, 2:31 am
  10. >Brokaw to Obama: No you may not respond, sit down. 😉

    Posted by Jeff Wright | October 8, 2008, 2:29 am
  11. >This is not a knockout for either candidate.

    Posted by Jared Nelson | October 8, 2008, 2:29 am
  12. >I got some news for you, Senator…the news is bad. Nice. Keep going after the tax increases.

    Posted by Jeff Wright | October 8, 2008, 2:28 am
  13. >Obama: “Class warfare…blah blah blah…envy and punish the ‘rich’…blah blah more class warfare… higher taxes…”

    Posted by Jeff Wright | October 8, 2008, 2:26 am
  14. >It would have been good to see town hall meetings like this throughout the summer. Obama was smart to avoid them, though, because he is not very good on his feet. McCain is trying to hit Obama hard but he needs to step it up even more.

    Posted by Jeff Wright | October 8, 2008, 2:20 am
  15. >healthcare is a right? Ugh. Does “right” even mean anything anymore?

    Posted by Jared Nelson | October 8, 2008, 2:03 am
  16. >What I mean is that I don’t like these kinds of debates where the participants have to speak off-the-cuff answering questions they don’t have beforehand. I would rather see something like and email or blog debate between candidates. Give them time to think through and present their answers well. Who cares about how well one is able to perform on the spot? It’s been my experience that most guys who do that well, the quick and eloquent types, are untrustworthy.

    Posted by M. Jay Bennett | October 8, 2008, 2:02 am
  17. >Bring it! Don’t sing it!

    Posted by M. Jay Bennett | October 8, 2008, 1:58 am
  18. >I would like to debate that with you.

    Posted by Jared Nelson | October 8, 2008, 1:55 am
  19. >But I’m still watching it (Can’t afford cable).

    Posted by M. Jay Bennett | October 8, 2008, 1:54 am
  20. >I think debates are geared for performance at the expense of substance. I hate debates.

    Posted by M. Jay Bennett | October 8, 2008, 1:54 am
  21. >I think McCain is good on substance, I just hope his style is coming across right.

    Posted by Jared Nelson | October 8, 2008, 1:50 am
  22. >I like that McCain is hitting hard, but he needs to not look angry, it’s not good on camera.

    Posted by Jared Nelson | October 8, 2008, 1:18 am

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