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Presidential Debate

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.

Second Presidential Debate: Video, Highlights, Analysis

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

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...

McCain: At Wednesday's Debate I Plan To Bring Up Ayers

Katharine Zaleski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Taegan Goddard reports that John McCain confirmed this morning he would try to bring up William Ayers at Wednesday's debate. McCain appeared to blame ...

Group Urges Follow Ups, Transparency For Last Debate

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

After a thoroughly panned presidential debate, a wide-ranging coalition is calling on Barack Obama and John McCain to change the rules for the last pr...

Next President Must Act On His Promise To End Genocide In Darfur

Susan Morgan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Susan Morgan

During the debate, both presidential candidates acknowledged the moral imperative of acting in the face of genocide. "We may not always have national security issues at stake, but we have moral issues at stake," stated Obama.

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.

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...

"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 ...

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...