Debate No. 1 Verdict
I wasn’t able to liveblog the debate, but I was glad that I got a chance to watch it. My verdict:
Nobody brought up ANY new points or plans. Lots of “well I agree with Senator ______” which gets a little old after awhile. The entire ordeal was simply a face-off over records. Many attempts at “gotcha” back and forth, but few actually stuck. Jim Lehrer did a decent job; tried to corral subjects back to original intent, but unnerving and tedious at times.
The good: Obama’s tone, phrasing. McCain’s explanation of the issues.
The bad: Obama’s pausing, conviction. McCain’s speaking style, backtracking.
The verdict: McCain. Better handling of the issues, more deft speaking style, not quite the folksy grasp of Obama but made up with substance.