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Second Presidential Debate

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Since the other two political threads were turning into nonsense, I decided to start one to discuss the second debate and see if we can't have a better discussion than the other two threads...

So, feel free to discuss your thoughts on the second debate here.

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I'm not expecting much of substance from this debate, since there wont be any real debating. The candidates will get questions from the audience and the internet, and answer them. They wont address each other (not that they addressed one another last time) and probably wont get follow-up questions from the moderator.

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I'm twittering and blogging on CNN's political board as it goes along.

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Question 1: Obama answers the question about helping the people hurting most by this economy

McCain talks about energy independence and then proposes a MASSIVE spending bill to buy up homes at their new lower value and then re-sell them back to the home owner.

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argh, I'm in class. Why don't they schedule the debates around MY schedule?!

It's recording though.

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He does sound a bit drunk, and he's acting drunk, yelling at the candidates and whatnot.

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Tom needs more power. Either cut off the mic or have play-off music like the Oscars.

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Brokaw ALWAYS sounds drunk. Prolly is.

Black guy stands up, mumbles a question about 'what's in the rescue bill for me?' Barry steps up to him, says 'I'll tell you what's in it for you', then rambles and meanders around restating the problem, quickly dropping into the oh-so-tired campaign trail rut of '8 more years' and 'more of the same' while the questioneer blinks at Barry, wondering where his answer is.

I tuned out after about 15 minutes- there is zero point to these debates because neither will seemingly stray from bumper sticker politicing.

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Unless something big happens in the next hour, I think this debate will be a wash. Like balthazar said, both candidates are basically repeating what has been said in the past and not really straying beyond.

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Policy wise, there is nothing new, but McCain uses the phrase "my friends" way too much.

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I hate to say it, but I think McCain has this one. Obama hasn't been as forceful and has had a lot of pauses in his speaking. Obama just doesn't seem as at ease as he normally is. Hopefully the closing statement ends on a stronger note.

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Wow, I wouldn't be surprised if Brokaw cuts himself tonight, it seemed like the debate was more stressful for him than for either candidate.

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CNN's post-debate coverage also seems a little drunken. Who knew that Tuesday was the big day for absinthe.

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Policy wise, there is nothing new, but McCain uses the phrase "my friends" way too much.

He tends to say it more when he's frustrated I've found.

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Pretty boring -- same old, same old.

The "my friends" thing is annoying. Curious how the McCain mortgage buyback policy unfolds after tonight -- only thing new I heard.

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I think its a bad idea that will cost the government a lot of money. Lets say a person has a $200,000 mortgage, the government buys it, then its determined that the house is worth $160,000. Thats a $40,000 loss, and absolutely no financial gain.

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Yeah and I guarantee it'll have the same effect the 700bil will have on the markets- bupkus.

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Pretty boring -- same old, same old.

The "my friends" thing is annoying. Curious how the McCain mortgage buyback policy unfolds after tonight -- only thing new I heard.

I wonder if he made that policy up on the spot... seems like it could be very costly..

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