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Presidential Debate

The Inspiration of Barack: What Does it Take?!

Qasim Basir | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Qasim Basir

Tell people your story and what Barack Obama means to you. These stories are important and they make this movement real. Whether superficial or profound, each of your stories means something. I will start by telling mine.

"That One": Anatomy of an Insult

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

There "was an energy bill on the floor of the Senate... sponsored by Bush and Cheney. You know who voted for it? You might never know." And here he pointed toward Obama. "That one."

Dear John McCain -- Stay Away From References to Technology and Jell-O

Jessica Olien | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Olien

My friend, you don't want to be talking Jell-O. Jell-O conjures up images of nursing homes and Bill Cosby.

AP: McCain Had "Trouble Concealing His Distaste" For Obama

AP | JOCELYN NOVECK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK — The McCains and the Obamas moved about the stage separately for a little while after their debate, greeting people on the stage, but ...

Presidential Debate Liveblog Video, or, The Return of Michael Dukakis

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Debate! Liveblog! Video! When you put those three things together, you get a truly magical moment in punditry. That happened last night in a downtown ...

It's Over

Bill George | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill George

Just as Hillary Clinton learned in the primaries, it is extremely difficult to compete simultaneously with Obama's unwavering strategy and his unrelenting organization on the ground.

McCain pledges balanced budget, criticizes Obama

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Republican presidential candidate John McCain promised Wednesday to balance the federal budget despite the nation's deepening e...

Jason Linkins

Obama: Health Care Should Be A Right (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Tom Brokaw put the question to each candidate, "Is health care in America a privilege, a right, or a responsibility?" I'm not sure what McCain meant ...

Nico Pitney

McCain Makes No Mention Of "Middle Class" -- Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Nico Pitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Obama spokesman Bill Burton writes: According to the transcript, mentions of "middle class" Obama: 4 McCain: ZERO* * That's a repeat from the fir...

Jason Linkins

Obama Flips Script, Uses McCain Catch-Phrase Against Him

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In their first debate, John McCain's constant refrain was that Barack Obama "didn't understand." Tonight, Obama grabbed that phrase and ran with it i...

Sam Stein

McCain Touts Former Ebay CEO As Company Makes Drastic Cuts

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

McCain touts the economic prowess of, and suggests as a future Treasury Secretary Meg Whitman, the former CEO of eBay and someone who he has turned to...

Blitzer: "Apparent" McCain Has "Some Disdain" For Obama

The Huffington Post | Nico Pitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Immediately after the debate, Wolf Blitzer goes there: "It's apparent to say that Sen. McCain has some disdain, I think it's fair to say, for Sen. Oba...

Palin Watches Debate From N.C. Pizzeria: "Yes!"

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Alaska governor arrived at Boli's on the Boulevard here in Greenville about ten minutes before 9 p.m. She had changed from her suit and high heels...

New Obama Keating Five movie

Alison Teal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alison Teal

Voters in swing states -- and this, Colorado, appears to be the mother of all swing states -- are treated to a nearly endless barrage of political advertising and discussion.

Sam Stein

Obama And McCain Debate In Words: Issues V. "My Friends"

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Tuesday night's presidential campaign lasted 90 minutes and touched on a wide-range of topics. So what did each candidate spend his time discussing? A...

Presidential Debate Reactions: Pundits Weigh In

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CLICK HERE FOR REACTIONS FROM HUFFPOST BLOGGERS The second presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain has concluded. Below is a roundu...

Liveblog! Obama and McCain Square Off in Nashville

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Our takeaway: Obama's still cool, McCain's still cranky, and Brokaw needs his teleprompter. Also, apparently McCain's known how to get Osama bin Laden this whole time. Aw jeez, NOW he tells us!

Sam Stein

Who Won The Debate? Clean Sweep For Obama

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The insta-polls, which provide viewers with a somewhat skewed but important insight into how each candidate fared say, by and large, that Obama scored...

Seth Colter Walls

"That One," McCain Calls Obama In Debate (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

During a discussion about energy, McCain punctuates a contrast with Obama by referring to him as "that one," while once again not looking in his oppon...

Presidential Debate Tonight: McCain, Obama Camps Ratchet Up Expectations For A Fight

Huffington Post | Katharine Zaleski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

... Check Here For Updates On The Debate Tonight... Everyone expects tonight's debate to be a slug-fest since John McCain and Sarah Palin turned up t...

12 Reasons Why McCain Can Still Win

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

So, you think it looks really good for Barack Obama. Well, maybe so. Yet, Obama can still lose this. Though I'm not planning to head over to Vegas to shoot craps (John McCain's favorite) on that deal.

Obama's Debate Tactics Reveal He Tries To Grapple With An Issue

David Doody | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Doody

The Presidential debate exposed the arguing style of the candidates. Barack Obama thoughtfully analyzes both sides of an issue and admits when his opponent makes a valid point whereas John McCain quarrels much like a petulant child.

One Last Comment about the First Debate

Jerry Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Weissman

Almost everyone has already weighed in about the first McCain-Obama debate, and all eyes and ears are now focused on the Vice-presidential debate tomo...

Debate #1: The Knockout that Wasn't. What Obama Needs to Do Next Time.

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

There was no knockout. And a knockout was what Obama needed. At best, it was a tie. And as the underdog in many ways, Obama needed to do much more than simply hold his own.

What Debate Were You Watching?

Ben Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ben Cohen

I wanted Obama to bring up McCain's atrocious tactics, and humiliate him for running such a shameful campaign.