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The Presidential Debate 1

I have to admit, I was more impressed with McCain than I had expected to be. He definitely has a clear vision of what he believes is best for the nation. It seems hard to argue that if he is elected, he would continue the same type of aggressively stupid leadership that Bush pioneered.

Luckily, Obama didn’t try to make that argument. Instead, he showed that there was a better way. McCain had one point of argument: that he had the experience to make correct judgement calls. Obama doesn’t have as much experience, and he doesn’t pretend to. What he does have are well thought out, articulate plans. Instead of relying on the judgement of experience to guide him from crisis to crisis, he intends to anticipate the crises and head them off before they grow.

One of the telling moments in the debate was when the moderator asked exactly what the candidates would give up to pay for some sort of economic bailout. Obama listed his priorities: he will not give up on energy independence, healthcare, and education. He would like to invest in infrastructure if there are sufficient remaining funds. Everything else, by implication, could be cut as necessary to balance the budget. McCain, by contrast, had a half-baked proposal to cut federal funding for everything except military and veterans’ spending for one year. Cutting infrastructure maintenance, education, medicare–it’s hard to believe McCain actually thinks that this is a viable proposal. It’s a stunt, designed to sound good so long as you don’t think about it. There have been plenty of those recently from his campaign.

On the foreign policy side of things, McCain believes that victory in Iraq is the key to the GWOT, and he will pursue it at any price. Obama, on the other hand, believes in seeking the first causes: Al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, and other terrorist organizations.

In short, Obama won this debate. McCain presented himself and his points well, but his positions just can’t hold up to reality. His speeches didn’t stand up to scrutiny, and he showed himself to be willing to make absurd proposals so long as they sound good. Obama was calm, articulate, and ready to lead. He stuck to the truth, and was willing to admit when his opponent had a good point. This is the man we need to elect.

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Comment by Zach Windows Vista Internet Explorer 7.0 Subscribed to comments via email
2008-09-27 03:54:19

I couldn’t agree with you more. The erratic nature of McCain’s campaign gives some scary insight into what kind of president he might be. Lets just hope the American voters are wiser then they were in 2000 and 2004.


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