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Presidential Debate

Last Night's Autism Debate -- Who Will Win the Special Needs Vote?

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Kirby

The media may be transfixed on "Joe the Plumber" today, but the real winner of last night's debate was autism. No single disorder has ever been so prominent in a national election.

Honorary Canadian Jeffrey Feldman on Dirty Campaign Rhetoric And Why He Thinks McCain Lost The Debate (Even If Joe The Plumber Won)

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Feldman is a scholar, author, commentator, teacher, blogger and expert on speeches and messaging -- but in Canada, they know him as one half of CBC Newsworld's team of "American political experts."

Is There a GOP Strategy -- A Kamikaze Campaign for the Black Helicopter Crowd?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

McCain had already convinced most Americans he's not capable of fixing the economy, but last night he convinced them that... they don't like him, either.

McCain Says Women's Health is "Extreme"

Cecile Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cecile Richards

The debate last night was just the most vivid example of what we've known all along: John McCain is out of touch on women's health.

Presidential Debate Ratings: 56.5 Million Viewers, NBC, Fox News Win The Night

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The final presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain, moderated by Bob Schieffer, drew 56.5 million viewers, more than their first debat...

From Germany It Was Clear: So Why Didn't the Media See McCain Suffered a Nervous Breakdown?

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Russnow

The TV panel has to justify its salary and keep interest in the campaign for the next few weeks, so most of these folks propped up McCain.

Put McCain Out of His Misery

Robert Shrum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Shrum

For McCain, the urgent need tonight was not for McCarthyism on Ayers or ACORN, but for sounding authoritative on the economy -- a daunting objective for someone who said he doesn't know much about economics.

Obama-McCain Hofstra Presidential Debate Reaction: HuffPost Bloggers Weigh In

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huffington Post

Arianna Huffington: McCain's Losing Strategy: Double Down on the Anger: McCain scored the zinger of the night with, "I am not President Bush. If you ...

If You Want To Know Who'll Be The Next President, Watch The Debate With The Sound Off

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

McCain runs the gamut from rebellious teenager to grumpy old man without ever pausing at the stage of mature adult.

Who the F**k is Joe the Plumber? That and Other Questions for John McCain

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

McCain came out swinging Wednesday night, but swinging wildly and not really connecting. He was about as embarrassing and unpresidential as, well, our current White House occupant.

Sam Stein

Who Won The Last Debate? Obama Dominates By Largest Margins Yet | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

John McCain didn't just fail to get the game-changer he needed -- he was trounced in this third and final debate, if the instant post-debate polling p...

Obama T.K.O.s McCain in Last Debate

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

Barack Obama never delivered a knockout punch during the final presidential debate, but it did not matter. Obama won a T.K.O.

Presidential Debate Preview: McCain Says He'll "Whip" Obama's "You-Know-What"

Huffington Post | Katharine Zaleski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

***Click here for complete coverage of tonight's debate*** Tonight is the third and final presidential debate, and the stakes are highest for John Mc...

Plumbers Again?

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

While Obama came across like a breathless statesman, McCain came off incendiary, competitive, and humorless making it hard to accept his premise that he will use the military option as a last resort.

Joe the Plumber, Obama and McCain

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Snow

Wow, I never thought a presidential discussion would get me thinking so much about my toilet.

The Faces of John McCain

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Ninety minutes of John McCain making faces was more than enough for a lifetime. It's hard to imagine anyone willingly inviting that antic lemon-sucking grinfest into their homes for the next four years.

Liveblog! Obama and McCain Meet Head On For The Last Time, Unless You Count Election Day

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Will McCain lose his temper? Will "That One" speak professorially? (Drink every time someone on cable says that!) What will the squiggly lines of CNN have to say about it? Tune in, all, because our liveblog is live!

McCain's Losing Strategy: Double Down on the Anger

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This debate was won on the reaction shots. Every time Obama spoke, McCain grimaced, sneered, or rolled his eyes. Every time McCain was on the attack, Obama smiled - underlining McCain's need for anger management. Read More New on Green: Sloan Barnett and Green Goes With Everything For many people, the signature image signifying threats to our environment is the disappearing snowcap atop Mt. Kilimanjaro. Sloan Barnett epitomizes the new image. She is a former consumer reporter who became an environmental activist when her son developed asthma. Read More October Surprise Update: What McCain May Be Planning and What Obama Can Do to Ruin It As the one arrow left in McCain's quiver -- other than appealing to racists -- national security becomes the likeliest playing field for an October Surprise. Read More

McCain Is Not Bush? - The Failed Economics of Reagan, Bush and McCain

Bruce Tenenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Tenenbaum

If John McCain wants us to think he's not the same as George Bush, perhaps he should stop embracing Bush's policies.

Obama Glides, McCain Punches-- Big Winner Is Joe the Plumber!

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

Forget Joe Six-Pack. We have a new American icon, who may not need a designated driver on the way home from the soccer game.

Who Won the Final Debate? Drudge Votes Early...

Dan Treul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dan Treul

The results of Drudge's Mid-Debate Post-Debate Winner's Poll have John McCain as the overwhelming winner of the still-running face off. As of 10:22 EST, the Republican wins handily, 75 percent to 23 percent!

McCain Campaign Advances Possibility of Using "Yo Momma" Insults in Debate

Steve Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Steve Young

"Obviously thing are looking a bit dire," said McCain spokesman, Tucker Bounds, "so you can expect Senator McCain to take off the gloves at tonight's debate.

An Old Boxer Who Has Been in One Too Many Fights

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Even though I'm not for McCain and I think he has run a dishonorable campaign, I feel an empathetic sadness for him. Please let the sun set already. Let this campaign be over already.

The "Joe the Plumber" Debate

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

We have just experienced the worst financial crisis in 70 years. Eight hundred thousand people have lost their jobs in recent months. And all McCain wants to talk about is Bill Ayers and ACORN?

Not Boring, Substantive, and Obama Dominates

James Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Love

I have a brother who is a plumber. His name's not Joe, and he is voting for Obama.