OXFORD, Mississippi (CNN) - McCain is hanging a lot of his argument on Iraq. It's a very risky thing for him to do.
Watch: Sen. John McCain explains why the U.S. cannot allow Iran to have nuclear weapons.
OXFORD, Mississippi (CNN) - Debates are always a good thing - but anybody hear anything new? The two of them stayed pretty flat the whole night.
Watch: Undecided voters weigh in
Still, McCain worked in the phrase Obama "doesn't understand" several times, and Obama linked McCain to Bush several times - so I assume their campaigns will claim mission accomplished.
OXFORD, Mississippi (CNN) – John McCain said Friday another attack on the scale of the September 11, 2001, hijackings is "much less likely" now than it was the day after 9/11.
Watch: Is the U.S. vulnerable?
"America is safer now than it was on 9/11," he said, "But we have a long way to go before we can
declare America safe."
Watch: Candidates discuss broader impact of fighting in Iraq
Barack Obama, his Democratic rival for the White House, agreed that the United States is "safer in some ways," but said the country needed to focus more on issues such as nuclear non-proliferation and restoring America's image in the world.
OXFORD, Mississippi (CNN) - Both McCain and Obama support including Georgia and others into NATO, at the same time saying that they don't want a new Cold War. Both of them are portraying Russia as a greater threat than we've been regarding them for a while...but they both insist they don't want that new cold war. They both agree on Russia, but it doesn't all add up.
OXFORD, Mississippi (CNN) - McCain is saying that if you meet without preconditions you are legitimizing them.
Obama, on the other hand, said he would not impose preconditions, but he would insist on preparation.
It's a very complicated argument.
OXFORD, Mississippi (CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama called Friday for reevaluating the United States approach to Russia in light of the country's recent military action in the Caucaus.
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"You cannot be a 21st-century superpower and act like a 20th-century dictatorship," he said at his first presidential debate against Sen. John McCain.
In a presidential debate Friday, September 26 in Oxford, Mississippi, Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain repeated a charge that his Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama, voted to raise taxes on the middle class. "He has voted in the United States Senate to increase the taxes on people who make as low as $42,000," he said.
Get the facts!
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(CNN) – McCain almost certainly misspoke when he said he wouldn't speak with Spain...I am not sure that's a fair thing for Obama to call him on.
OXFORD, Mississippi (CNN) - This is the first time that Obama has really explained himself on the preconditioned talks with Iran question. He makes the distinction between preparation and preconditions.
OXFORD, Mississippi (CNN) - Obama's answer on Iran was interesting and important...because he's talking about something that a lot of American's understand:
Our involvement in Iraq has strengthened Iran.
Watch: Obama says there needs to be 'tough diplomacy with Iran'