10/24/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

NYT: Obama's Debating Record Uneven

Senator Barack Obama has shown himself at times to be a great orator. His debating skills, however, have been uneven.

Some of his chief strengths -- his facility with words, his wry detachment, his reasoning skills, his youthful cool -- have not always served him well and may pose significant vulnerabilities in the series of presidential debates that begins Friday, according to political analysts and a review of his earlier debate performances.

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