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Greetings one and all, and welcome back for US Election 2008's coverage of the third and final Presidential debate of this election cycle, from the campus of Hofstra University in Long Island, NY. This week, a confident Barack Obama leads in the national polls, but John McCain reckons he's got them right where he wants them. Only the next 3 weeks will tell for sure, but in the mean time tonight's debate represents the only scheduled occasion the two candidates will have to confront one another directly before the election.

We'll be here to highlight key points and ask some questions, but as always this is all about you, so join the fray and tell us what you think. And stay tuned for the post-debate insta-poll... we'll be asking you to tell us who you think won, and why.

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election_orange wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
Great question, Bob
Schieffer takes the candidates to task for the negativity. Can't wait to see how the candidates squirm out of this one.
election_orange wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
McCain wins the first third
He's on the offensive, and according to the CNN focus bar, it's resonating. I give the first third to McCain on points.
mightyafrodite wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
Re: McCain wins the first third
Not when it is the major thrust of his response. He spent less time talking about his own plan, and gave Obama more time to discuss his in detail. As a strategy, it's boneheaded.
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brennakimi wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
me too. i have a bias against people threatening people's lives.
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(no subject) - brennakimi - Oct. 16th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC) Expand
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election_orange wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
Here comes Ayers...
McCain drops Ayers. Obama responds: "Mr Ayers is the centerpiece of John McCain's campaign."
tribal_woman wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)
Re: Here comes Ayers...
The body language of both candidates is amazing...
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Re: Here comes Ayers... - tribal_woman - Oct. 16th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC) Expand
Re: Here comes Ayers... - halfchinez - Oct. 16th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC) Expand
(no subject) - (Anonymous) - Oct. 16th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
tribal_woman wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
Excellent question! I vote for Bob to be moderator always!
(no subject) - brennakimi - Oct. 16th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC) Expand
election_orange wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
Running Mates!
Schieffer is having a good night as moderator... this is one of the best Presidential debates I've seen in my lifetime, so far.
election_orange wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
Obama doesn't take the bait
His constant refrain: Economy, health care, middle-class tax cut. No mention of Sarah Palin.
brennakimi wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
lol. after 5 months, she understands special needs children better than any american he knows.

asshole.
election_orange wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
Cockamamie!
That one's gonna get a run on YouTube.
tribal_woman wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
Re: Cockamamie!
Oh yeah. There's one you don't hear everyday.
sparkstealer wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
Wouldn't all of our foreign oil come from other countries??

Or did I mis-hear that?
brennakimi wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
i still want to know why people think purchasing oil from oil companies gives us a chance to pick the source?

also, how in the world is nuclear power going to reduce our dependence on oil of any kind? we don't put nuclear rods in our cars and planes and trucks and buses and so forth.
(no subject) - sparkstealer - Oct. 16th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC) Expand
(no subject) - brennakimi - Oct. 16th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC) Expand
brennakimi wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
"you don't tell countries you're going to unilaterally renegotiate treaties"

you mean like the colorado river pact?
election_orange wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
CNN's panel loves clean coal
Any time either candidate mentions clean coal, the CNN dials go through the roof. Think coal's big in Ohio?
(no subject) - (Anonymous) - Oct. 16th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC) Expand
brennakimi wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
wait. i missed that. what was it?
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(no subject) - sparkstealer - Oct. 16th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC) Expand
brennakimi wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
free trade!!!
except oil.

oh please, mccain. roll your eyes at the assassination of human beings. we know you hate workers' rights. you don't have to make us more aware of that.
tribal_woman wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
Is McCain trying to go back to Obama doesn't understand?

Not an endearing tactic for me.

Also I find it interesting that overall Obama looks at McCain when he speaks, McCain looks everywhere else but at Obama and then keeps deep sighing while Obama speaks...

Poker face man! It's politics!

Edited at 2008-10-16 01:56 am (UTC)
fannyanns wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
OMG he's talking about preventative health care!

GASP!
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