reply to post by Benevolent Heretic
I actually thoroughly enjoyed that debate from both candidates. McCains POW stories gave me some more insight into who he was. Its different hearing
about them, and reading about them.
But of course - for me - this isnt about heart felt stories. McCain suffered in that camp, and for that he deserves recognition. But i don't
believe it carried any context in this debate outside of the one question
"The toughest choice you've ever made in your life"
I was very impressed when McCain admitted his greatest moral defeat was his first marriage. Big time kudos there John
But i agree with the black and white assessment.
We have seen from 2007 and 2008 exactly where "black and white" thinking has gotten us. Which is why i believe Barack actually did a much better
job in this debate.
Now - as for the reaction of the crowd - you betcha, McCain won this one.
But this is a small battle in the big war of the race for presidency.
The responses of the two candidates in this forum will follow them all the way to November in the election booths. They will be scrutinized in the
MSM (which, unfortunately, most people still get their political 'facts' from). They will be scrutinized by each other.
McCain opened a pretty big barn door on himself with this election with his answers. His answers make you feel good, and make you feel like
everything is okay. To a degree, that is important. For a counselor, or a pep speaker.
For a leader, i believe, its important to tell those you lead the nitty gritty.
"This isnt going to be easy. Everyone will have to make scarifies" and i LOVED the WW2 era reference. I think it really puts into perspective not
only the differences between now and then, but also the similarities in the mindsets of now and then.
I like Obama's approach on abortion. Make abortion illegal does nothing to fix the problem. The problem that pro-life people make for abortion is
that they say its killing a life.
Rather you agree or disagree, the fact is that if its illegal, you still have the same problem that women will seek it out as an
alternative....problem not solved.
Obama's approach is fix the problem. Why are women choosing abortion?
I loved it.
Of course, you know that i'm an Obama supporter. I've made that no secret
But i do believe Obama did much better than people are giving him credit for.
Of course, time will tell. That and how the Obama campaign plans to use McCains short and sweet answers against him.
I went into this thinking i was going to be able to pick apart everything McCain said. That I wasnt going to enjoy the McCain part at all. I was
The only thing i found most profound about McCains answers was when he was asked "what makes you rich"
He never gave a straight forward answer. When writing tax laws, this is a very important decision to consider.....
A house, a car, and a family doesnt make a person rich. They make a person blessed. I believe there is a big big big difference.
One is earthly. One is divine.
I think he just dodged it so as to not offend any rich people.
Just my 2 cents though
Great Debate. Cant' wait for more.
[edit on 8/17/2008 by Andrew E. Wiggin]