Before the debate, McCain spokesmen tried to spin how, against his own earlier comments about suspending his campaign, McCain could attend the debate despite the fact that the bailout plan hadn’t been worked out.
With that in mind, the first thing I noticed during the debate was how McCain skirted that whole issue. That was his first mistake and it killed any benefits he might have gained with the stunt and then Obama made the mistake of not pressing him on it. Much of the rest of the debate was filled with talking points on both sides along with McCain harping on the perceived lack of experience by Obama followed by answers from Obama that showed that the did have at least some knowledge on the subject and McCain trying to hammer home his less than truthful points on Obama’s tax cuts.
Putting the above standard fare aside, 2 points did stick out to me only because they weren’t the usual campaign talking points. The first affects South Dakota and our burgeoning ethanol industry directly and it didn’t take long for locals to catch an off handed comment by McCain that he would end subsidies for ethanol. Ending subsidies would probably all but kill that otherwise unprofitable industry but yet McCain said he would also work to encourage alternative fuel vehicle production by the US auto makers which is currently dominated by E85 vehicles. How would that work?
The last issue that stuck out to me was McCain again touching on his plan to build 45 new nuclear power plants. I mentioned this a few months back and it seems that while he keeps mentioning the issue, he cannot say how he will get around the fact that a license to build such a plant hasn’t been issued since the 1970’s because of regulatory and waste disposal issues and the fact that no one wants a plant built anywhere near them.
Yucca mountain, our only designated waste facility, is years behind schedule and may never open at all and McCain wants to ad 45 more waste generating plants to the 104 we currently have. So where will we store it? Of course my first reaction was one of McCain’s 7 back yards but I digress.
Overall I thought that both candidates had their high and low points, I could sense Obama having problems from time to time getting his thoughts from his brain to his mouth resulting in a few uh’s and um’s and Senator McCain, would it be asking to much to look your opponent in the eye from time to time when addressing him?
In my opinion Obama showed that he isn’t as clueless on foreign affairs as McCain would like us to believe and considering this debate was all about foreign policy, Obama held his own. Of course what I believe doesn’t mean much but it seems I am not alone if the CNN post debate poll can be believed.
Who did the best job in the debate?
Barack Obama 51
John McCain 38
Who would better handle Iraq?
Barack Obama 52
John McCain 47
Who would better handle the economy?
Barack Obama 58
John McCain 37