11:55 - Sam Stein: Debate In Words: Obama talks about issues while McCain says "my friends."
A look at the words uttered during the affair underscore...
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When McCain refuses to look at Barack Obama and refuses to use his name, he is employing modified versions of a military technique -- a strategy of dehumanization.
Tonight was not a debate. What we saw instead was Obama presenting coherent answers to difficult questions, while his opponent perpetuated old lies, often unrelated to the subject at hand.
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