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 The rivals for the US presidency clashed bitterly in their first presidential debate last night as Barack Obama sought to tie John McCain to the failed policies of the Bush administration at home and abroad.

Mr Obama, seen by voters as weaker on foreign affairs, was judged to have held his own in the debate, while Mr McCain did not manage to expose any major weaknesses in his opponent. But his contempt for his rival was on display throughout, as he could not bring himself to look his opponent directly in the eye during the debate. Read more.

Simple question: Who do you think won the debate?

Edit: The Independent called it a draw


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isara wrote:
Sep. 27th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
I don't think it was generational. Remember that McCain and Obama have worked on legislation before in the past, and senate colleagues do address each other by their first names.

Regardless of whether or not it was debate training, and all issues and substance aside, the net effect is that it made Obama look collegial and open to new ideas. McCain just looked cranky, a jerk, and unwilling to listen to differences of opinion (his constant smirking and tut-tutting didn't help in that respect either).
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