Whew! I fell asleep and just woke up in time. Here we go.
First question about economy. Fastest solution to bail out retirees?
McCain wants to buy and renegotiate all bad home loans. He’s going to pay for this?
I think Obama is going to have to be careful not to get sucked into spending all his time defending his past record from McCain’s, um, imagination.
McCain has figured out that the financial crisis has something to do with bad mortgages. Swift.
Now he is going on about how great American workers are. So get them jobs, John.
McCain a “consistent reformer”? Please. Does anyone believe that?
I’ve just switched to CNN to watch the wiggly lines. McCain is speaking. The line is flat.
Will McCain please be asked to explain his health care “plan.”
Obama is speaking, and Miss Lucy (my feline roommate) just went crazy running around the room. I think she is an Obama fan.
Someone asked which sacrifices citizens can make for their country, and McCain goes on about earmarks and cutting government programs.
Obama speaks up about a call to service. The American people want to engage in meaningful change. Save energy in your home. Fuel-efficient cars. Peace corps.
Revealing, I think, that McCain only thinks in terms of what Washington does, not what Americans can do.
McCain comes on and says Obama is going to raise taxes.
He wants a commission on Medicare. To do what? He’s not making sense.
Climate change — McCain says the best way to fix it is nuclear power? That’s it?
Obama — calls climate change an opportunity; new technology can help grow economy. Government working with private sector.
I never know how these guys are coming across to undecided voters.
Obama brings up McCain’s health care “plan.” I think most people understand that $5000 for a family can’t buy health insurance. Ooo, he brought up “gold plated” health care.
Obama – we need the money we’re spending in Iraq here in the U.S. This needs to be repeated, repeated, repeated.
McCain is going on about Iraq and Petraeus and the line goes flat.
Now McCain isn’t making sense. Obama didn’t say he would attack Pakistan. We’re going to succeed in Pakistan the way we succeeded in Iraq. I’m not sure he understands that most people don’t consider Iraq a “success.”
He keeps saying Obama is going to attack Pakistan, which he clearly didn’t do.
Once again, McCain talks about General Petraeus. General Petraeus is beloved on the Right but I don’t think the majority of the American people feel anything about him one way or another. Throwing the name “Petraeus” around just doesn’t sing for most people.
The BooMan: “McCain sucks harder than a vacuum.”
McCain’s “league of democracies” idea is just surreal.
Passing on the American Dream to the next generation. Good closing statement. Not exactly answering the question, but good closing statement.
McCain is talking about a “steady hand at the tiller.” That would be Obama.
OK, it’s over. Now we’ll hear the bobbleheads talk about how McCain was so much better this time and probably won the debate.
Rachel Maddow: McCain was swinging and missing. Obama seemed more relaxed than McCain.
Pat Buchanan thinks McCain won the debate. Big surprise.
Update: The CNN quickie poll is coming through — Obama won.