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Presidential Debate

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!

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...

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.

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.

Debate Watching With the World

Jeannie Ralston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeannie Ralston

At first I thought I wouldn't be able to watch Friday's debate at all. But as it turned out, I felt as if I watched it with the whole world.

John McCain: Unfit for the Presidency

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

If we agree, as most of us do outside of the far-right abortion-obsessed axis, that Palin is unfit to serve as president, then McCain, the man solely responsible for giving her that opportunity, is unfit too. It's that simple.

Reading The Pictures: McCain Sticks It To Palin?

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2008-09-28-mccainplane.jpgPaired with Sarah Palin's absence from Friday night's Presidential debate, this photo-op of the McCains boarding their campaign plane that afternoon for Mississippi is phenomenally awkward.

Liveblog! Obama vs. McCain And The Debate That Almost Wasn't

Rachel Sklar, Glynnis MacNicol, and John Carney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rachel Sklar, Glynnis MacNicol, and John Carney

Welcome to our debate liveblog! We're figuring out how this Liveblogging software works. Please don't judge us just yet. Update: Okay! We've figured...

Jason Linkins

LiveBlogging Your Ole Miss Debate!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Good evening everyone! What on earth are we doing tonight? Seriously? Wasn't this stuff suspended? What is going on? Honestly! Today was my day ...

Obama vs. McCain: Gettin' LiveBloggy With It

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

ETP liveblogged the debate tonight with Glynnis MacNicol and John Carney. You can find all the good stuff through the link (we blogged it using the n...

57 Million Watched Presidential Debate: Nielsen Estimate

McClatchy | Glenn Garvin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Preliminary Nielsen data from 55 cities where it operates so-called "people meters," set-top boxes that monitor television viewing, shows that a third...

McCain: Deregulating Reality or Campaign by Anecdote

Sherman Yellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sherman Yellen

I worried that the American public had been so seduced over the past eight years by self-serving stories -- rather than practical realities -- that the storyteller would always win the day.

Nico Pitney and Sam Stein

The Smirk: Could McCain's Facial Gestures Define Debate?

HuffingtonPost.com | Nico Pitney and Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the spin of Friday night's debate settled in and both sides staked a claim to victory, one media narrative began to take hold: while Obama may have...

Obama Tells McCain: War In Iraq Didn't Start In 2007

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A key moment in the debate, when Obama called McCain out on Iraq: Obama: So John, you like to pretend like the war started in 2007. You talk about th...

Friday Talking Points [49] -- Before And After The First Debate

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

[UPDATED -- See part 2 in the Talking Points section.] This week's column will be presented in a sort of semi-liveblogging fashion. What you're getti...