Who Won The Second Barack Obama – John McCain Presidential Debate (That One!) ? Debate Polls And Debate Analysis From Major News Network

by Trendy

The Second Presidential Debate between John McCain and Barack Obama was a town hall style debate. It was definitely more interesting than the first debate, i thought. This debate had the candidates attacking each other more viciously and disagreed with each other more. Both the campaigns had lowered expectations for their respective candidates by praising the opponent’s debating skills. The Obama campaign had also said that the town hall format was McCain’s favorite format and that he does extremely well in these kind of debates. McCain repeteadly pointed at Obama and called him “that one”.

You can view the entire video and transcript of the second presidential debate here.

A CBS News instant poll of undecided voters showed that 40% of them thought Obama won the debate against McCain’s 27%. A CNN poll showed 54% of voters thought Obama won while 30% of the voters thought McCain won.

Here are some initial reactions and analysis from the major news networks :

CNN Says

Sen. John McCain said Tuesday that he knows how to handle foreign affairs and questioned Sen. Barack Obama’s judgment.

“My judgment is something that I think I have a record to stand on,” McCain said.

McCain said the “challenge” facing a president considering using military force “is to know when to go in and when not.”

Obama questioned McCain’s judgment in supporting the invasion of Iraq.

“When Sen. McCain was cheerleading the president to go into Iraq, he suggested it was going to be quick and easy — we would be greeted as liberators. That was the wrong judgment,” he said.

Obama vowed to get Osama bin Laden and defeat al Qaeda.

“We will kill bin Laden, we will crush al Qaeda,” he said.

McCain responded in equally strong terms: “I’ll get him. I know how to get him. But I am not going to telegraph my punches as Sen. Obama did.”

Fox News Says

John McCain and Barack Obama criticized each other for contributing to the nation’s feeble financial health at their second presidential debate Tuesday, as they pitched new ideas for correcting the ailing economy.

McCain called on the Treasury Department to step in and renegotiate mortgages of homeowners who are struggling to afford them.

“It’s my proposal. It’s not Senator Obama’s proposal. It’s not President Bush’s proposal,” he said.

Obama said that in the wake of news that American International Group sent executives on a $440,000 retreat after the federal government bailed out the company, the Treasury should demand that money back and demand that AIG executives be fired.

The two candidates focused attention squarely on the economy in the opening moments of their debate Tuesday night in Nashville.

CBS News Says

Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama engaged in sharp exchanges on the faltering U.S. economy Tuesday night in the second presidential debate.

McCain pledged to require the federal government to renegotiate the mortgages of individual homeowners and make them more affordable, a sweeping proposal to help families in the grip of a financial crisis.

“It is my proposal. It’s not Sen. Obama’s proposal. It’s not President Bush’s proposal,” McCain said.

Obama said the current economic crisis was the “final verdict on the failed economic policies of the last eight years” that President Bush pursued and were “supported by Sen. McCain.”

ABC News Says

The seminal question in the minds of American voters, from Joe Six-Packs to soccer moms, in this year’s campaign was the first question handled by candidates Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama in their second debate — what does the economic crisis mean to average Americans?

Both candidates made a point to portray themselves as reformers who believe strong leadership and government involvement is necessary to fix the economy. And McCain, R-Ariz., proposed a broad program aimed at helping struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure.

McCain said he would cut taxes for all Americans and proposed a new policy in which the Secretary of the Treasury would “buy up bad home loan mortgages.”

Washington Post Says

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) clashed tonight over the nation’s financial crisis, sparring over which candidate was to blame and which has a better plan for the future as they began their second debate of the presidential campaign in Nashville.

With McCain trailing in the polls and vowing this week to wage a more aggressive campaign, pre-debate expectations were for a pitched battle tonight. The two candidates have obliged so far to some extent, attacking each other’s records, rhetoric and policy plans. McCain suggested that nailing down Obama’s tax plans was “like nailing Jello to a wall,” and Obama said that McCain’s “Straight Talk Express lost a wheel” on one question. But neither man has been as critical of the other as some of their campaign ads have been this week.

The ongoing focus on dire economic news, unarrested by the enactment of a financial rescue bill last week, has contributed to McCain’s declining poll numbers. And while McCain’s campaign has sought to change the subject, it was an inescapable topic throughout the first half of tonight’s debate.

New York Times Says

With public anxiety mounting over financial markets and the economy, Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain engaged in a spirited debate on Tuesday night over who was to blame for the current economic mess and whose plan would successfully address it.

In the second presidential debate, at Belmont University in Nashville, Mr. Obama faulted the Bush administration and by extension Mr. McCain for a deregulatory environment that he said led to the nation’s economic crisis. And Mr. McCain, pledging to aid struggling homeowners, offered a new proposal to direct the federal government to save families from foreclosure by purchasing mortgages that were no longer affordable.

“As president of the United States,” Mr. McCain said in response to an audience member’s question, “I would order the Secretary of the Treasury to immediately buy up the bad home loan mortgages in America and renegotiate at the new value of those homes, at the diminished value of those homes and let people make those, be able to make those payments and stay in their homes. Is it expensive? Yes.”

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