September 26th, 2008
09:40 PM ET
6 years ago

Toobin: Best part of the debate

(CNN)–The Iraq section is excellent. There are clear differences here, and voters get to choose.

soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. cb

    everyone should read "the war within" to separate fact vs fiction

    September 26, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  2. katie

    What happened to the debate? Stories are great for pulling on the heart strings but bracelets don't make us safer or the economy better.

    September 26, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    what's wrong with mccain, he won't even look obama in the eye.

    September 26, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. Desperation from the Republican Party

    Oh yes, I think Obama is sweeping this debate! I've been blogging on his website and the other supporters are happy with his performance, knowledge on the issues!

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

    Absolutely, though I wish Lehrer would do a much better job reining in the ramblings.

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

    Appreciate J Toobin's presence...thoughtful, analytical, credible.

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

    Have we seen the best part yet? I've yet to hear anything that has impressed me and I haven't heard anything that I haven't heard before. I look forward to hearing a strategic plan for the major issues or a proposal for the recovery of our economy. This 'debate' has been a major disappointment for me. This is why I cannot take advantage of early voting. I am taking a wait and see approach, because neither candidate is looking that impressive to me, based on tonight's performance.

    September 26, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  8. KLM

    Heaven help America if McCain wins. That is scary.

    September 26, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  9. Robert

    Yes, old news or new hope. I like the sound of it more and more : President Obama.

    September 26, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  10. Kwesi

    Where is McCain's American Flag Pin?

    September 26, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  11. Mia and Mike

    Obam is absolutely winning this debate. McCain's answers on the economy and lack of addressing the concerns of real, everday Americans have not been helpful for him.

    September 26, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  12. Donn, Minneapolis

    What choice? Staying there for 100 years or for 16 months. As a Viet Vet I say get the hell out of there and save another trillion dollars

    September 26, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  13. Carol from Texas

    McSame is so arrogant! Obama is presidential!

    September 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  14. djsalinger

    ...obama doesnt have a leg to stand on when it comes to exiting iraq-if congress would have gone with his plan PRIOR TO THE SURGE we would still be fighting their (not much fighting their now huh!)

    Go John go!

    September 26, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  15. Scott in Lexington, KY

    McCain ADMITTED IT!!! He admitted blowing it on putting the focus on Afghanistan.

    He said it.....he said that he didn't give much thought to Afghanistan. I was just walking out of the room and my neck turned so hard I think I need a chiro.

    This is a HUGE piece of the point of tonight's debate - foreign policy.

    Please tell me you all heard that.

    September 26, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  16. dr. htyte

    John McCain is far ahead of experience than Oh bama.
    His speech has full of facts.
    Obama speech is very superficial he is not qualify to be next president, America will be in danger with his experience and background. Think about.it Thank

    September 26, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  17. Kmac

    McCain was much too condesending towards Obama, preceding every statement with "you don't understaning" was more than a little transparent. He then swung to way too far trying to prove his famailiar by all the foriegn name calling. The average American didn't have a clue as to who he was talking about.

    September 26, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  18. REELAMERICAN

    HEY OBAMA WILL SEND YOUR SON AND DAIGHTER TO AFGANISTAN AND PAKISTAN.....MY NEFEW JUST JOINED THE ARMY ......I FEEL HORRIBLE THINKING HIS LIFE WILL BE IN DANGER WITH OBAMA........HE WILL PROBABLY SEND HIM TO AFGANISTAN.....OR PAKISTAN............WE WILL BE IN 2 OR MORE WARS PLUS OBAMA SAID HE WAS GOING TO GET OBAMA AND KILL HIM...............GEEEEEEEEEEE

    September 26, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  19. REELAMERICAN

    THIS WAS NOT ON ECONOMY ......SEE THESE FREAKING VOTERS...DIDNT KNOW WHAT TONIGHTS TOPIC WAS.........OR QUESTIONING............AND THEY WILL BE VOTING ...GOD SAVE US...........FROM OBAMA

    September 26, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  20. Millie Zimmerman

    Why can't we discuss some of the "back story" on how
    countries fail? Corruption, poverty and suddenly religious
    fanatics can take over? Isn't that what happened in Somalia?

    Aren't there some bigger lessons than just talking about
    war tactics? I'm so tired of McCain pulling out all this surge,
    veterans, grieving mothers stuff.

    What about the English losing their shirt in Afghanistan (another century) , the Russians and now, will it be us?

    We are myopically glued to the Iraq question and can't see any larger foreign relations questions.

    September 26, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  21. Karen

    I've thought a lot about McCain's experience and where that has gotten us. The problem is that many Americans are just sick and tired of the Republican Political Machine and want judgment and a fresh eye. Who's better off now than 'pre-Republican'years? That question is asked of those making under 1/4 million a year. Everyone knows that the CEO's and execs are probably fine. Bush is still trying to bail them out of this new Wall Street Mess.

    September 26, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  22. Thinking Voter

    Obama only showed that he has the mannerisms and platitudes down pat. If he weren't the media's darling boy this would have been a Clinton / McCain debate. Obama has no real experience to pull from.

    September 26, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |