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Liveblogging the Presidential Debate
Posted by: Dale Franks on Friday, September 26, 2008

We're gonna try "Cover it Live" for this one.

 
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WE’LL COVER IT LIVE!
 
Written By: Bryan Pick
URL: http://www.qando.net
Bryan, I sent an invite to you to join the live coverage as a panelist.
 
Written By: Dale Franks
URL: http://www.qando.net
Ah, cool. I’ll be there.
 
Written By: Bryan Pick
URL: http://www.qando.net
Why no mention of the Clinton changes to the CRA that caused some of this?
 
Written By: Morgyman
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Comments in the blog it live are showing up really slow for me.
 
Written By: Morgyman
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Solid McCain win, but not a total blowout.

Slow start with missed opportunities on economy ("I think Democrats can do for the Health Care industry what they’ve done for the mortgage industry" would have rocked), but he hammered BHO the rest of the night. He made Obama squirm a few times, when it was expected to be the other way around.
 
Written By: Augustus
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Augustus - They still have time for that zinger in an actual domestic policy debate.
 
Written By: Bryan Pick
URL: http://www.qando.net
McCain couldn’t even look Obama in the eye. How’s he gonna stare down Putin when he can’t even make eyes at Obambi?

Oh, and lest we forget, Spain is the new Iran.

 
Written By: mkultra
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http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc105/badgerdog76/braceret.jpg

:)
 
Written By: Augustus
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im pretty sure that iran doesnt have a republican guard. hahahaha
 
Written By: slntax
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You’re right - and they both used the term. McCain blew it by using the wrong term, and Obama didn’t know enough about it to use the correct term.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.QandO.net
Psst — all the network polls and other early polls show a clear Obama win (except Drudge’s non-scientific poll). Not even close. That will become the conventional wisdom tomorrow. Have a nice evening.

 
Written By: Scott Erb
URL: http://faculty.umf.maine.edu/~erb/blog.htm
What does nuclear power have to do with energy independence? I thought oil only accounts for 3% of our electricity generation, with coal and nuclear the other major electricity sources?

Help please.
 
Written By: Nuclear
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ya as of now you can generate all the electricity you want and it would help zero with energy independence. so really all this talk about nuclear is a moot point. if we had electric cars for sale now then the story would be different. but we dont.
 
Written By: slntax
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Psst — all the network polls and other early polls show a clear Obama win (except Drudge’s non-scientific poll). Not even close. That will become the conventional wisdom tomorrow. Have a nice evening.

Written By: Scott Erb
So I take it McCain won?
 
Written By: Don
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Am I hearing things, or did McCain call Obama "Miss Congeniality of the Senate" by implication?

Also ... did I miss something? I think Obama said he’d go line by line and cut spending. When did they put the line-item veto back in place?
 
Written By: Ronnie Gipper
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Obama: "Senator McCain cut funding ... opposed funding in legislation that had a timetable."

Or did he oppose the timetable? Durrrrr ...
 
Written By: Ronnie Gipper
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I *love* the add they showed in the hour after the debate on Greta V.S. on Fox. Didn’t see the full debate but was catching some of the highlights when she said that McCain already had a new add from the debate performance. It was a string of Obama saying versions of: "I agree that John McCain is right" - it was beautiful... even if it never runs on TV in an actual paid advertising slot - getting it shown just before the Obama campaign spokesperson came on was just beautiful - you could see it totally flustered her for the start of the interview.
 
Written By: BillS
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Nuclear:
What does nuclear power have to do with energy independence? I thought oil only accounts for 3% of our electricity generation, with coal and nuclear the other major electricity sources?

Help please.
slntax:
ya as of now you can generate all the electricity you want and it would help zero with energy independence. so really all this talk about nuclear is a moot point. if we had electric cars for sale now then the story would be different. but we dont.
Look, I think energy independence, even in the intermediate term, is preposterous. It won’t happen in the next decade, no matter what Obama or Huckabee have promised us. However, here is the argument as far as oil independence is concerned:
  • If I recall correctly, the US produces about 37% as much oil as it consumes.
  • We currently use oil not just for automobiles and other forms of transportation (70% of domestic consumption) but for home heating (5% of domestic oil consumption) and electric power generation (2%). Both home heating and electricity can be done without oil.
  • By switching to domestic-drilled oil, plug-in hybrids, electric cars, biodiesel, thermal depolymerization and other means of replacing foreign-drilled oil for transportation use, the candidates argue that we could be dramatically less dependent on foreign oil producers. If we "invested" heavily in researching, developing and lowering the retail price of these options, we could substitute out lots of power from foreign oil in favor of other sources of energy (like nuclear) and thereby move us toward oil independence — perhaps even toward energy independence.
What it would cost Americans to switch out 63% of our oil consumption for these alternatives—between replacing our entire fleet of vehicles, building new power plants, and swapping out our home heating infrastructure—is beside the point, as far as politicians like Obama are concerned. What matters most for political purposes is that it’s a big, visionary promise that (a) sounds initially plausible and (b) would solve one problem: Americans sending a bunch of US currency to people who don’t necessarily spend it in ways we appreciate.
 
Written By: Bryan Pick
URL: http://www.qando.net
Another thing to take into account is that as long as we’re using any kind of energy that’s traded internationally, we’re going to be doing some part in keeping the price of that commodity up. Just because we produce oil in an American state like Alaska doesn’t mean it’s going to be sold within the United States. It’s often cheaper/more efficient to export some oil and import some oil, even if you’re producing as much oil as you’re using.
 
Written By: Bryan Pick
URL: http://www.qando.net
ya as of now you can generate all the electricity you want and it would help zero with energy independence. so really all this talk about nuclear is a moot point. if we had electric cars for sale now then the story would be different. but we dont.


If we eventually go to electric cars, nuclear will be key.

The lefty approved forms of energy just won’t get us where we need to go.

Besides, it would warm Al Gore’s heart to fight AGW by moving from coal to nuclear.
 
Written By: Don
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Psst — all the network polls and other early polls show a clear Obama win (except Drudge’s non-scientific poll). Not even close.
Psst; Given the source, what the hell did you expect, Erb?
 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitsblog.florack.us
Psst — all the network polls and other early polls show a clear Obama win (except Drudge’s non-scientific poll).
You mean oh-so-scientific polls like CNN’s?
Of the debate-watchers questioned in this poll, 41 percent of the respondents identified themselves as Democrats, 27 percent as Republicans and 30 percent as independents.
Your pathetically naive faith in the MSM (especially when they tell you what you so desperately want to hear) is quite touching, in a way.

 
Written By: Achillea
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You mean oh-so-scientific polls like CNN’s?
Yeah, something along those lines.

See, Erb, it isn’t until you get into the internals of the thing... and way, way down the bottom of the page when you get to this:
The results may be favoring Obama simply because more Democrats than Republicans tuned in to the debate. Of the debate-watchers questioned in this poll, 41 percent of the respondents identified themselves as Democrats, 27 percent as Republicans and 30 percent as independents.
They go on..
“It can be reasonably concluded, especially after accounting for the slight Democratic bias in the survey, that we witnessed a tie in Mississippi tonight,” CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib said. “But given the direction of the campaign over the last couple of weeks, a tie translates to a win for Obama.”
What you’re reacting to, Erb, is CNN Spin... Not unusual for you, I suppose...

 
Written By: Bithead
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Gee, Don, almost everyone is reporting it was Obama’s win, and remember 3 days ago when you gleefully pointed to Gallup’s tracking poll being tied as proof that McCain wasn’t being hurt.

Today: Obama up 8, 50 to 42. *chuckle*

Enjoy the campaign!
http://scotterb.wordpress.com
 
Written By: Scott Erb
URL: http://faculty.umf.maine.edu/~erb/blog.htm
One thing that bothered us, though, was Obama’s closing statement:
You know, my father came from Kenya. That’s where I get my name.

And in the ’60s, he wrote letter after letter to come to college here in the United States because the notion was that there was no other country on Earth where you could make it if you tried. The ideals and the values of the United States inspired the entire world.

I don’t think any of us can say that our standing in the world now, the way children around the world look at the United States, is the same.

And part of what we need to do, what the next president has to do—and this is part of our judgment, this is part of how we’re going to keep America safe—is to—to send a message to the world that we are going to invest in issues like education, we are going to invest in issues that—that relate to how ordinary people are able to live out their dreams.

And that is something that I’m going to be committed to as president of the United States.
Barack Obama may be the world’s leading expert on Barack Obama, but he managed to misstate a crucial fact in his father’s life story. Obama père came to the U.S. in September 1959.
 
Written By: Neo
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I hope we get some inside on a few issues tonight. Coffee and TV ready. How are you guys this evening?
 
Written By: Biodiesel Guy
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