Wednesday, October 15, 2008

McCain finally wins one!!!

105,403 OBAMA
35,968 NEITHER

By Ross Balano, Kansas City Star Midwest Voices panelist 2008

John McCain finally got the better of Barack Obama in the third and final debate.

Obama was reduced much of the time to speaking in three word phrases being careful not to say the wrong thing or trying to think of exactly what to say.

McCain was assertive by contrast. In fact the best line of the night came from McCain: “Senator Obama, I’m not President Bush! If you wanted to run against President Bush you should have run four years ago.”

When the topic turned to negativity in the campaign, McCain again backed Obama into a corner when he mentioned the charges leveled by John Lewis against McCain. McCain said, “Senator Obama, you didn’t repudiate those remarks.” Indeed, Obama still gave no hint of repudiation of those remarks.
Obama found himself on the defensive when the topic of Bill Ayers came up. “The American people,” McCain said, “deserve to know the truth” when talking about Obama’s relationship with Ayers, and when McCain accused him of being untruthful because Obama had pledged to accept public funding for the campaign and then backed out. “You didn’t keep your word” McCain said.
McCain spoke in favor of increasing and exploring all forms of energy including new drilling off shore while Obama did not agree.

McCain rightly called Obama on his votes against immediate care for infants born alive as a result of a botched abortion. Obama could do nothing but deny (not true, he really did vote against the bill) and then say that there was already a bill like it in force, again not true.

Being behind in the polls allowed McCain to let loose and go for broke. He did and was easily the winner tonight.

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