September 26th, 2008
09:59 PM ET
11 years ago

Schneider: McCain scores points on experience

CNN

Watch: Sen. McCain outlines differences between his plan for the presidency and Sen. Obama's plan.

OXFORD, Mississippi (CNN) - McCain, in talking about Afghanistan and Pakistan, is drawing on his vast experience for the first time in this debate, and it really sounds very convincing.

soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. Jason

    Please, news media, stop shrinking away every time McCain uses the P.O.W. card.

    September 26, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  2. Michael Donlan

    McCain sounds very convincing? There must be something wrong with Mr. Schneider's ears; McCain is rambling and saying nothing. Obama is actually clarifying his positions and making real contributive ideas. "scores points on experience" – sorry, wrong answer

    September 26, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  3. John Stevens

    Experience yes – judgemnt no.

    September 26, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. American for obama------

    The bush doctrine = McCain doctrine....Charlie!!

    September 26, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  5. Abraham Bility

    I agree with changing times, McCain's ideas are old and he dwells on his experience

    September 26, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  6. Dominique

    Are you kidding? Are we even watching the same debate? Sorry but not all experience is good experience, especially if you don't have to judgment to learn from your mistakes.

    September 26, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  7. Tim

    I have a lot more respect for Sen. Obama after listening to this debate. I did not expect the non-verbal communication battle to be so decisive in Obama's favor.

    September 26, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  8. Phil

    Sorry but Obama actually sounds like he has a plan. McCain hasn't said anything except "we're winning in Iraq" which was a mistake to go into to begin with.

    September 26, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  9. HENRY of ILLINOIS

    The crisp point is that not whether the surge worked or not if we had not gone to war in the first place and been $800,000 the poorer, with over 4000 dead and 10's of thousands of wounded the debate about the surge would never have occured

    September 26, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  10. J, Atlanta

    McCain the Warmonger

    September 26, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  11. ND Mom

    He experience cost this country 4000 plus lives in Iraq!

    September 26, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  12. claudia

    Let's talk about the economy and how they are going to solve this crisis.
    Senator's McCain view of the war in Iraq has suddenly became so last year!

    September 26, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  13. Dolshay

    No points given here. Personally, I'd rather have a fresh face representing the American people. It's time to get rid of the OLD Guard.

    September 26, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  14. Don't Think So

    Um he didn't convince me! He still muddled through Afghanistan and is pretending like Obama is some retard who is in like 4th grade.

    September 26, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  15. Debbie

    Experience isn't the key – it's JUDGMENT!
    Which McCain lacks!

    September 26, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  16. senori

    doesn't seem to have his statistics correct

    September 26, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  17. Sujoy Barua

    What will happen in absence of McCain? Are those all experience be carry forward to Gov. Palin? What will she do then?

    September 26, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  18. Todd K

    McCain looking very old and unorganized. Keeps talking about stories of the past. We all know the world has changed but he keeps talking about the past.

    September 26, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  19. zuq

    Really? SInce when does telling stories explain experience. The economy is a mess because of McCain's part. The war is ridiculous in Iraq, thanks to McCain.

    September 26, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  20. Mike

    McCain is talking from a lifetime of experience, and you can tell he has a firsthand understanding of this stuff. Obama seems to be regurgitating what he read in a book somewhere.

    September 26, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  21. Abraham Bility

    I am really impress with Obama's foreign knowledge. I bet that trip to Germany did paid off

    September 26, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  22. Stacy

    Why is n't mcCain looking at Obama directly when he speaks? That is a form of disrespect to me. If he can't look at Obama in the face how is he going to look the enemys in the eye.

    September 26, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  23. EqualBranchesofGovernment

    There's no such thing as "cheap shots" in American politics since the Republican Party denigrated Senator Kerry's military service in the 2004 election with the "swift-boat" ads when President Bush had his father pull strings to get him into the Alabama Air National Guard so he wouldn't have to see "COMBAT".................Cheap Shots? No such thing anymore!

    September 26, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  24. Bill, N.M.

    CNN wants election close

    September 26, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  25. joantsey

    I felt that Mc Cain was taking too long to find an answer to the questions and what was the crux of what was asked. When he was telling stories some of which concerned Obama were not entirely on the mark. Obama was on topic but his answers do come over simply to an audience that is looking for entertainment rather than solid information.
    the format was not a good idea.

    September 26, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
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