posted on Oct, 8 2008 @ 08:46 PM
I suggest that you click the link in my signature to visit the Debate Forum.
Once there, read through some of the debates. There are even a couple Obama/McCain debates you could read.
As for your question, "Is it legitimate to be able to engage them in kind?"
Yes. But in a formal debate setting where the participants are aware enough to understand that the 'personal digs' are not personal at all.
Responding in such kind out on the forums is unacceptable because more likely than not, the posters are too passionate and already riled up. The
liklihood that a thread derailment and irrational Ad Hominems to occur are much greater in this instance.
To my knowledge...a warning has never been issued in the Debate Forum proper. Perhaps you would prefer discussion there?
Edit to Add: Because I am a stickler for details, it should be pointed out that the process of debate and the Obama/McCain process are exclusive of
each other. Your thread title is a bit misleading...
[edit on 8-10-2008 by MemoryShock]