October 7th, 2008
07:34 PM ET

McCain on attack tonight?

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Ed Henry
White House Correspondent

Obama supporters seem to be pushing this line that McCain will go on attack tonight but two McCain aides here in Nashville insist that will not be the case.

Basically McCain aides saying firmly they realize such a strategy would backfire big time in a town-hall setting. They note McCain had pushed for a whole series of “civilized” town halls with Obama, and it would now be “hypocritical” to go nuclear in that very same setting.

Instead, McCain’s final two hours of debate prep today focused hard on highlighting sharp policy differences with Obama on taxes, health care, other pocketbook issues.

McCain aides say there are basically two narratives - one on the campaign trail where they are “taking the gloves off” as they rally the base and try to raise doubts about Obama – and not surprisingly, they say there’s a second narrative in the last two debates as they try to target undecided voters.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Ed Henry • John McCain • Raw Politics
soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. Meka - Peachtree City, GA

    I found it very offensive for McCain to call another human being "that one". I think Obama deserves the respect of at least being called by his first name. McCain showed his true colors when he made that comment. In the last debate he couldn't even look Obama in the eyes. Jerk!

    October 7, 2008 at 11:38 pm |
  2. kevin harrison

    I am a voter and I really do not see why your panel did not see the difference in how Sen. Barack Obama,did his home work in his preperation for this debate! In my opion he blew Sen. Macaan away!!!
    I was never interesred in the "crooks' of Washington , but now myself and family plan to vote! Because we see a change coming! He can't be expected to give pin point details of each plan and it's structure. In my opion he gave enough information ,he showed he has a plan of action and a good one i might add, and that is good enough for me .People don't seem to realize these things will take time,but I was looking at the debate, I don't see what debate your panel was watching.I believe the numbers speak for themselves.He will be our next president of the United States!! Thank you can keep on doing a great job with bring real news.

    October 7, 2008 at 11:37 pm |
  3. Lilly

    It is so sad that Obama is trying to say anything to get elected. But when you look at his record ( no record), you know he is a liar.
    When I look at your election panel, it seems to me all of them are liberal demoncrats. They do not have a balanced opinions. It is not fair to the viewers.
    Please do not insult us by counting the popular votes, electral votes count.

    October 7, 2008 at 11:37 pm |
  4. Karen

    This debate was fine – it was the same old same, old questions from the country that the candidates are confronted with on a daily basis at rallies and from the media. Nothing was really new and I think the candidates suffered – especially McCain. He reminded me of the "quiet old lady who was wispering 'hush -'" he was speaking down to people and hiding behind his words. He does not confidently communicate his own ideas rather he was shooting off talking points and the Washington rhetoric that he so badly says he is trying to break away from.

    Not that it could or would happen but what I really want to know is IF McCain wants to be president, why in the world would he pick such an idiot to be his running mate? In his first "move" as a possible leader he FAILED and failed miserably. He is not the candidate for me, never has been and I do not trust his leadership abilities at all.

    We need a motivator and Barack Obama is the only choice to motivate our country to our next greatest potential. He brillantly demonstrates this in his communicating his ideas in every forum and in his choices as a candidate.

    October 7, 2008 at 11:34 pm |
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