POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Stephanopoulis (ABC): McCain had his best debate, but Obama still won

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 16, 2008

George Stephanopoulos writes on abcnews.com …


  • McCain had his best debate, but Obama still won.
    • Obama did not get ruffled. He handled McCain’s attacks extremely well. He was cool, he remained calm, and he did a good job of explained his positions.
    • McCain had several reaction shots during the debate where he rolled his eyes, seemed exasperated with Obama, and on the edge of anger.
  • On Bill Ayers …
    • McCain argued, “We need to know the full extent of that relationship [with Ayers].”
    • Many organizations that conducted instant dial polls during the debate found that when McCain brought up Ayers on his own without being prompted, voters’ dials went south very, very quickly.
    • It was a tactical mistake. McCain is already seen by many voters as going negative during the campaign.
  • The only thing that McCain could have done tonight to change the tenor of this campaign was to get under Obama’s skin or force him into making an error but that did not happen.
  • Obama has won every presidential debate he’s had with McCain by staying cool under pressure.
  • Polls suggest Democratic and undecided voters have come away from these debates saying they are more reassured about Obama after the debates.

Read the entire post at … http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Vote2008/story?id=6043394


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