Group Liveblog: McCain v. Obama Debate II

Given the mildly confusing results of our improvised group liveblogging of the vice presidential debate, we thought to try something a bit different this time around: We’re going to liveblog in the comments to this post, which has the added benefit of allowing you to participate. Please note, though, that we’ll likely be more particular about what comments we allow in such circumstances.
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Justin Katz
12 years ago

First question: An Obama gimme.

Justin Katz
12 years ago

McCain’s going to buy all mortgages at their inflated prices and renegotiate them down to market value?

rhody
rhody
12 years ago

So much for no follow-ups.

Andrew
12 years ago

McCain is getting killed here. He’s gotta at least pretend to have an interest in economic policy.

Justin Katz
12 years ago

And Obama goes right to the attack, bringing up the “fundamentals of the economy are sound” comment.

Justin Katz
12 years ago

Andrew… a little early to declare that!

Andrew
12 years ago

Rhody, I like the follow-ups. The whole point of a single moderator format is to have someone there who can keep the pols honest when they wander off too deeply into their stump speeches.

Justin Katz
12 years ago

Good for McCain, though, bringing up Obama’s interest in Fannie and Freddie. Could have had a twofer if he’d brought in O’s short term of service in which he accomplished his second-place receipt of money from the two organizations.

rhody
rhody
12 years ago

McCain forgot the questioner’s name. Is he tiring this quick? And Obama was right on it.

Justin Katz
12 years ago

Regulation v. deregulation. I’m not sure this is a budge-able line anymore for each side.

rhody
rhody
12 years ago

I agree, Andrew. They shouldn’t have raised the prospect of no follow-ups in the first place.

Andrew
12 years ago

Another strong follow-up from Brokaw!

Monique
12 years ago

A bit delayed here.
Hey, I’m all in favor of Senator Obama’s 95% tax reduction for whomever. The question is, what is he cutting to accomplish that? And does he still think he can implement his costly shopping list of campaign promises?

Justin Katz
12 years ago

Third time McCain’s said “buy up these bad loans.” Must be a key strategy.

Andrew
12 years ago

Will Obama tell questioner #3 not to be so bitter?

rhody
rhody
12 years ago

Excellent question, Ms. Finch.

Justin Katz
12 years ago

Obama takes a bipartisan question and runs to partisanship. Running against George Bush again.
This seems like a strong suit for McCain… bucked my party, and all.

Andrew
12 years ago

What is Obama actually planning to cut? Is this one of those “I’m not spending as much as is theoretically possible, therefore it’s a cut” arguments?

Justin Katz
12 years ago

How much you wanna bet that Saturday Night Live has Tina Fey pop up in the audience as Sarah Palin and ask a question?
(That could bring in the whole cast of imitators.)

rhody
rhody
12 years ago

Finally, we’re getting combative. Does Obama counter with the bear DNA study?

Justin Katz
12 years ago

The guy in the green shirt looks either confused or extremely concerned.

Andrew
12 years ago

We can do all 3: Strike #2 against McCain not showing interest in actual policy.

Andrew
12 years ago

Obama’s not going to fit all 3 priorities into 1 minute.

Justin Katz
12 years ago

Oooo… stayed away from entitlements and threw in education.

Andrew
12 years ago

re Obama: Saying we’re going to do them all isn’t setting priorities.

Andrew
12 years ago

They need to give Brokaw a trapdoor button he can activate when the candidates go overtime in the discussion period.

Justin Katz
12 years ago

Terrible answer from McCain. Question: How are people other than the military personnel going to sacrifice? McCain: Cut defense contractors.
(And wasn’t the question for Obama?)

rhody
rhody
12 years ago

Will the overhead projector become the new Bridge to Nowhere? John, I want a tax cut too, but it would require getting out of Iraq.

Andrew
12 years ago

Obama is right on the “go out and shop” issue.

rhody
rhody
12 years ago

Obama’s got several small bald spots. His follicles think he has this won already.

Andrew
12 years ago

Obama is making the “fiscal responsibility is raising taxes to pay for massive government spending” argument.

Justin Katz
12 years ago

Tough to ask a teacher to tighten her belt? Hah!

Justin Katz
12 years ago

I read somewhere recently that Obama only ever refers to union public-sector jobs when he talks about working folk. It’s true.

Monique
12 years ago

Ooo, 50% of small businesses will have increased taxes under Senator Obama. Good one.

Justin Katz
12 years ago

Obama: I don’t want to follow the rules, and I’m going to ignore the next question.

rhody
rhody
12 years ago

McCain should leave the zingers to Palin. The jello shot and “I’ve got news for you” come off weak, like when Reagan tried to recycle “There you go again” on Mondale.
Tom’s getting cheesed.

Monique
12 years ago

Brokaw drops the hammer on time limits!

Andrew
12 years ago

Obama is over-promising, according to what the Tax Policy Center says.

Justin Katz
12 years ago

“A few percent of small businesses make more than $250,000 per year.” How’s Obama measuring that?

Andrew
12 years ago

Is McCain going to tell us what the social security fix is?

Justin Katz
12 years ago

C’mon, John. You can’t say “solving Social Security is simple” without a few words of explanation.

rhody
rhody
12 years ago

“Social Security’s not that tough?” C’mon, John.
If we were playing a “my friends” drinking game, the screen would be a blur right now (if I wasn’t still comatose from playing “maverick” last Thursday).

Monique
12 years ago

… “investments”, also known as spending “tax dollars”. Doesn’t this man have a mental calculator to keep track of all his initiatives?

Justin Katz
12 years ago

Do voters actually pay attention when candidates throw out numbers like: “He voted against that 23 times”? Out of how many? Under what circumstances? Or is it just to add a bit of “I’m-not-making-this-up” flavor?

Andrew
12 years ago

They should replace the lights with laser beams that go off when the candidates go over.

Justin Katz
12 years ago

Good for McCain pointing out that he votes against bills because they’re larded.

Justin Katz
12 years ago

Another gimme for Obama: “Should healthcare be treated as a commodity?”

rhody
rhody
12 years ago

I have a tough time listening to these guys each claim the other stuffs more pork when they both pleased the rum and NASCAR lobbies for a combined $300 million last Friday.

Andrew
12 years ago

Here comes Obama’s proposal for a Fannie Mae for healthcare…

Andrew
12 years ago

Obama is arguing that corporate employees should be allowed a tax break that the self-employed aren’t allowed.

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