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The Debate Scorecard, With Mixed Results

Here’s a summary of the smartest new political analysis on the Web:
by Gerald F. Seib and Sara Murray.

The initial reviews on the first presidential debate rolled in without a clear declaration of a winner.

The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder found “no memorable moments, fascinating body language, no major gaffes by either candidates, no major surprises. …a good debate for both men.” Ambinder writes that Sen. John McCain “did not filter himself, letting his frustration and contempt” for Sen. Barack Obama show through. Obama, in turn, “was a cool cat throughout–although I am reliably informed that GOP spinners are claiming the exact opposite. He seemed confident enough to stand up to McCain’s challenges and in a deferential way. He seemed at times to go out of his way to agree with McCain when agreement was warranted, which the McCain campaign will surely point out.”

Overall, “where McCain was shaky in the first half of the debate, he was on much firmer ground as he navigated Jim Lehrer’s broad foreign policy questions, particularly those questions which did not require McCain to defend his Iraq war. Obama agreed with McCain – and said so – almost as much as he disagreed. But he didn’t topple or stumble…Thresholds are artificial, but both candidates seemed to meet them – although Obama’s threshold was arguably higher. The press will probably conclude that McCain did not fundamentally change impressions tonight. And that Obama held his own.”

Obama Mccain Debate Results

September 27, 2008 - Posted by | Politics, US Elections 2008 | , , , , , , , ,

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