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Presidential Debate

Weekly Roundup, Readers Drowning in the Mud of McCain's Campaign

Chris Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Chris Nelson

While Obama continues to outspend and outcool his way to national polling margins that are increasingly insurmountable, McCain has latched on to Joe the Plumber as his last vestige of hope while his campaign continues the barrage of negativity through ads and robocalling.

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...

Joe the Plumber: And a Slice of Warhol Pie

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Joe the Plumber's gone big-time -- a video on YouTube, an interview on Fox, his name in every conversation. And all because he asked Obama a question. With the cameras rolling.

Health Of The Mother Not Negotiable

Ioana Uricaru | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ioana Uricaru

I lived in a country where abortion was illegal. On top of killing close to a million women during a 25-year span, that law intruded on the intimacy of couples and families. I have male friends who had to provoke unsafe abortions on their wives, risking their life and freedom.

A New Conversation on Abortion

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Life is precious. John McCain believes that, Barack Obama believes that, Sarah Palin believes that, and so does Joe Biden. In fact, I'm not sure I have ever met a person who believes otherwise.

It's Going to Take a Lot More Than Joe the Plumber

Mary Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary Lyon

I'd still like to like John McCain, especially since I once did - to some degree anyway. But with every day on this marathon, in every speech, and every debate, I'm less motivated to do so.

Hey Joe: Meet the Constitution

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

The clear winner of Wednesday's debate, Joe the plumber, focused a national debate on the wisdom and fairness of progressive taxation.

McCain Undone By Affect And Temperament
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The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

Special Debate Edition In the much-anticipated final presidential debate of the 2008 campaign season, the man who landed the greatest number of punch...

My Autistic Son is Not a Political Pawn

Janet Grillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Grillo

Last night, John McCain told us that Governor Palin "knows more about Autism than any other American I know." Perhaps he should get out more.

Strange McCain Post-Debate Moment Caught In Photo

The Huffington Post | Nico Pitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Reuters photo wire includes this shot taken after the debate last night, when McCain caught himself walking in the wrong direction on stage: ...

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.

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.

Easy Access To Assault Weapons? Obama Says 'No,' McCain Says 'Yes'

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Last week, the Brady Center released its report on the impact of military-style semi-automatic assault weapons on American families and law enforcemen...

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.