September 26th, 2008
06:25 PM ET

Debate Showdown!

McCain and Obama face off LIVE in Mississippi. Join the best political team on television for your front row seat. Tonight, beginning 8 ET

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  1. Dawn

    McCain said that Obama is not experienced at all. Well look at it this way IF McCain becomes president and he passes away during term. Guess what there is Palin......What experience does she have?????I would think Obama has alittle more than that..... The people have to look at that she would be leading our country with ZERO EXPERIENCE

    September 26, 2008 at 11:27 pm |
  2. Kristin Mary Johnson

    Who would criticize Obama for "always looking for common ground?"!! THAT is what we need!
    McCain, through TWO HOURS of direct debate, man to man, human to human, never even looked at him, and as the debate progressed, actually turned further away from Obama. That's not the kind of person I want to be president. McCain's behavior, body language, and response were unacceptable and not remotely those of someone capable of setting an example for our country, much less internationally.
    Repeatedly, Obama would state something very clearly, and McCain would respond with something he pulled out of the air. For example, Obama stated clearly that he would start with low-level diplomatic communication, set certain conditions, and yes, be willing to "talk" to our enemies. McCain would then turn right around (figuratively, of course, not actually FACING Obama), and say that Obama wanted to "sit down across the table" with all the crazies with no preconditions. Obama would correct him (addressing him directly), restate what he said; and McCain would come back, again, with the same inaccurate crap, as though he were locked in a sound-proof booth on another continent. I kept trying to watch and listen with the eyes and ears of the conservative, Republican ignorants who do prefer McCain and, heaven forbid, Palin (???), but I just don't get it.

    September 26, 2008 at 11:16 pm |
  3. Mary C from Victoria British Columbia

    Have been watching the US Presidential debate tonight from Victoria British Columbia...very interesting dialogue....now watching the post debate coverage on CNN...
    Our Federal Canadian Election starts and stops within 6 weeks....election is Oct 14th/08. We have some very good leaders in our federal system and Canada is faring well in the global world.
    Why does the US Election process take so much longer (18-24 months? What factors make the difference in order to be able to let government get on with the work that needs to happen? We in Canada have our issues with government but generally I think we feel confident in the information we are being given in Canada that our finances are in good order with a surplus status...we will hurt but not too badly in the long run....
    It just seems to me that there is such unnecessary process/budget spent in the US election process...
    Does the US election process really achieve a better outcome in the long run as compared to other country election processes? Has the process been evaluated?
    Is it time for the USA to think more in terms that they need to be a partner in world collaboration efforts rather than being the world power...I personally think the world perspective has changed and that efforts for bringing the world views together to develop a collaborative world plan for survival/thrival is a positive step. The USA can play a huge role here in leadership.

    September 26, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  4. Jai Brihmadesam

    1)Senator McCain did not wear a US Flag Lapel Pin for the Debate.
    2) Iran controls the Iraqi govt. (shia-shia collaboration) and they detest Al-queda. So Iraq was never and will never be an Al-queda haven.
    3) The Secretaries of State meeting broadcast on CNN blamed Shakashvelli for the war and Jim Baker stated that the two Russian majority regions of Georgia did not want to be part of Georgia in the first place. So, I guess there appears to be misinformation out there that needs clearing.

    September 26, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  5. Antonio Noperi

    McCain is the representative for the Republican party and the representative for more of the old republican policies-side step from issues, lie about dreams to be occomplished by our nations people, anything will be said to get avote now is good because later Repulican Presidential candidates can and will reverse and change themselves, all of which has become transparant durring the debate that Maccain is not going to change the Old Reaganism ways or Bushism bailouts for the rich. Blind Arrogance on McCains shoulder is a dangereous trait for anyone in the oval office. The debate has shown that McCane is none bending in believing that the public can so easly be fooled with trinkets and stories of being a prisoner and friend of Kennedy. A lie is a lie and a skunk always stinks.

    September 26, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  6. major

    just a gut response..........man ...........john mccain was acting real odd with the whisper-talk,distortion of comments by obama, and crazed look.............pretty obvious

    September 26, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  7. Julie W

    Regarding the debate –

    Level of contempt by Senator McCain, he showed absolutely NO respect for Senator Obama.

    I am furious with McCain’s lack of blatant disrespect for Senator Obama.

    He never ONCE looked at Senator Obama throughout the entire 1.5 hr. debate.

    Senator Obama looked at Senator McCain throughout the entire debate and he addressed him by name many times and also gave him credit on many, many issues!

    How many times did he say Sn. Obama doesn’t understand, Sn. Obama fails to understand, again Sn. Obama is being naïve.

    September 26, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  8. Lloyd

    Neither one of these candidates will admit we invaded Iraq for the Iraqi oil. Fought and killed rebel Iraqis to get it, under false pretense, then changing to pretense of installing a Democratic government. A Democratic government that will never survive in the Middle East culture! THE terrorist threat is and always has been Bin Laden in Afghanistan region!

    September 26, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  9. Esther Farrington

    The only thing that I have heard is RECORD... We are in the 21st Century and the age of RECORD has past. The only that he knows is Records and Tapes. We know CD/DVD and even HDTV. We are tired of hearing about the RECORDS make them public so that when I cast my VOTE FOR PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA I will know that I was correct in believing he will bring the CHANGE that AMERICA needs.

    September 26, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  10. Beth Jerejian

    I have a real problem with the fact that John McCain has not made eye contact with Obama ONCE during the debate; not even when they greeted each other as they came on stage!

    I am a teacher, and as such, I must teach about tolerance and diversity. Our country is diverse. McCain seems to have hatred for the skin color of Obama. He can't even LOOK at Obama. What does this say about McCain as a leader of a diverse country? McCain is the type of citizen we don't want in the USA!!! Talk about elitist!!!!

    September 26, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  11. Ms. Taylor

    Senator McCain does not have a flag pin on?

    September 26, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  12. Greg Lantz

    Who came up with this lame format? They need more than 1 moderator. What is with the talk to him? Both candidates are all over the place. This should be a foreign policy debate. Where is discussion of the 2 wars. Iran, relations with Europe, support of Africa,
    relations with Russia, Israel, Syria, Georgia,Lebanon, etc?

    September 26, 2008 at 9:40 pm |
  13. Zo

    These candidates are not stating anything new!!!  Their answers are all wrapped around their various political talking points.  Both Mccain and Obama need to take a leap and speak with  specificity about what they would do to solve this economic crisis

    September 26, 2008 at 9:36 pm |
  14. EJ (USA)

    Are you all actually going to let us debate with you?

    September 26, 2008 at 8:49 pm |
  15. Lilibeth

    P.S. I love that you added Michael Ware and Christiane Amanpour on your panel, given that foreign policy is the topic tonight. Thank you!

    September 26, 2008 at 8:18 pm |
  16. Lilibeth

    I can't wait! I've been keeping up with the political news for as long as I can remember and I already know where they stand on issues, but for some people, because this is the first debate, this will be the first time they'll hear from the candidates in their own words. I hope that tonight's debate will help the "undecideds" make up their mind. If not, there are 2 more debates forthcoming and I hope they also watch those.

    Edmonds, Washington

    September 26, 2008 at 7:40 pm |
  17. Dan Phoenix,AZ

    No matter what happens in the debate. John McCain shoty judgement on the bailout, suspense his campaign, his VP choice of Sarah Palin tells your were the country will be headed, if McCain is President.

    "Down the Drain"

    September 26, 2008 at 7:07 pm |
  18. James R. Hardin

    With all the Palin debate what about this: if McCain is elected and dies in office, Palin is President Palin. Who then is VP?

    Haven't heard the pundits on that yet.

    September 26, 2008 at 7:04 pm |
  19. mike - moreland, ga

    obama needs to show that he knows how to seize the moment when it's right , and that he is willing and able strike a decisive blow to defeat an adversary that opposes him.

    September 26, 2008 at 6:57 pm |
  20. Godfrey

    I am astonished that the bailout proposal was introduced 7 days ago and nobody at CNN and neither the presidential candidates have either tried to understand or question what happens next after this bailout?
    a. Let’s assume we give the $ 700 B to Paulson and the Fed purchases these toxic assets, how will these banks create liquidity in the market and new consumers in the marketplace as the end consumer’s purchasing power has almost exhausted today or is overburden with credit debts?
    b. If these commercial papers are bad debt in the books of large banks, how in the world will the Fed and US tax payer make a profit as the end consumer is still in a financial crisis?
    c. At this point, we are only discussing the mortgage industry and completely ignoring the personal line of credits, which are multiplying in large numbers, due to free credit offered to one and all without any internal controls and I would not be surprised, if we have another bailout 2 months down the road.
    d. Why are the presidential candidates not offering their plans as this will be their responsibility in 4 months and if they are not readily engaged in this conversation, they will have no idea how to clean this mess and remove this toxic debt from the federal balance sheet?

    September 26, 2008 at 6:55 pm |
  21. Cindy

    I saw that the debate was going on. I am glad. That way the nay sayers will see what John McCain will do with Obama.

    Oh and also I saw that Obama sent out a text telling all of his supporters to watch the debate on CNN. HMMM...guess that shows right there that Obama knows CNN is on his side. Maybe that was a planned collaboration since CNN didn't get an interview this week...can we say payback!


    September 26, 2008 at 6:50 pm |
  22. Keith

    obama strategy; get McCain to lose his temper. make sure the receiver in his ear, so he can get answers from his 300 advisors, is not visible and is working ok.

    mccain strategy; 'can you repeat the question?'

    September 26, 2008 at 6:42 pm |
  23. Paul From Round Rock, Texas

    McCain will spin the "Bail Out" to be all about National Security and an international policy that is needed. It wil be interesting to see if McCain really answers anything. He talks but non of it is Straight Talk.

    September 26, 2008 at 6:40 pm |
  24. Andy - Atlanta, GA

    I dunno about a showdown. Let's hope they atleast showup!

    September 26, 2008 at 6:38 pm |
  25. George from Montana

    No need to watch the debate! According to an ad in the Wall Street Journal, McCain has already won the debate!

    September 26, 2008 at 6:35 pm |