Tonight’s debate was probably the most lively of the three debates held and covered a nice broad range of issues that on the surface seem unrelated but are quite intertwined with one another. Both Sen. Obama and Sen. McCain did well, articulating their points of view effectively. There were some feisty moments between the two men, but that’s to be expected given the stakes.
Overall, I thought Sen. McCain came off very well. Energetic, informed, relaxed, and quick to pick up on a topic and run with it. There were some areas I thought he should have bypassed like the whole dirty campaign stuff, ACORN, et al., and stuck to the issues. Sen. Obama also did well, being his usual articulate and relaxed self, but seemed in a rare few moments to flounder a little particularly on his self admitted short comings. He also did a rather poor job, in my opinion, when stating why Sen. Biden would be qualified to be VP or President with somewhat vague comments and lukewarm praise.
While both men made excellent cases for themselves and their candidacies, I think overall Sen. McCain did better in this debate and “won” it. But then I support Sen. McCain and agree with him on a number of issues (federalism, capitalism, etc.) and disagree on aspects of others (abortion, government bank investment, etc.).
Thankfully the debates are over.