(CNN)– During the first debate, Barack Obama mentioned President Bush ten times. Many of the references tied him to John McCain - who never mentioned the name of the current commander-in-chief.
Tonight, the Republican nominee pointed to Bush three times – but only to highlight the policies where he parted ways with the president. Obama brought up President Bush twice as often.
Not mentioned? Either man’s running mate.
GREENVILLE, North Carolina (CNN) - Sarah Palin kept an eye on the presidential debate from the campaign trail in North Carolina, a traditionally red state turned battleground. The GOP vice presidential nominee mingled with the crowd at Boli’s on the Boulevard, a Greenville, NC restaurant, along with a few high-profile Republican VIPs, including both the state’s senators, Richard Burr and Elizabeth Dole.
After the debate, Palin praised McCain's performance, saying the night went "great."
"It was a great night for America. [McCain is] proposing real plans that will work for economic recovery and energy independence," she said. "I think Barack was even less candid than usual, which I was kinda surprised. But McCain has fought on and sounded very energized, and it was a good night for him, for all of us, for all of America."
What's ahead? "It's gonna be a great 28 days to go," she said. "Taking this message of reform on the road and just having it resonate more and more every day is what I believe’s happening. And it's good. It's very good. I look forward to the 28 days."
Palin joins McCain tomorrow for campaign events in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
The Statement: At a presidential debate Tuesday, October 7 in Nashville, Tennessee, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain said Democratic opponent Sen. Barack Obama and other Democrats resisted regulating mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which ultimately collapsed and had to be taken over by the government. "Meanwhile, they were getting all kinds of money in campaign contributions. Sen. Obama was the second-highest recipient of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac money in history - in history," he said.
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(CNN) – Does John McCain recommend a spending freeze to help stabilize the economy, or want the government to purchase bad mortgages from struggling homeowners? Well, according to his answers during Tuesday night’s debate, both.
Early in the debate, McCain recommended that the federal government buy up bad mortgages from landowners and replace them with lower cost, fixed-rate mortgages, which he said would help keep Americans in their homes.
“I would order the Secretary of the Treasury to immediately buy up the bad home loan mortgages in America and renegotiate at the new value of the homes at the diminished value of the homes and let people make those, make the payments and stay in their homes,” McCain said. “Is it expensive? Yes.”
But later in the debate, when asked what sacrifices the American people would need to make to help revive the economy, McCain recommended a “spending freeze.” The Republican nominee said the government should cut wasteful programs and eliminate earmarks.
“We're going to have to tell the American people that spending is going to have to be cut in America,” McCain said. “And I recommend a spending freeze that except for defense, veterans affairs and some other vital programs, we'll just have to have an across the board freeze.”
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) - This does not strike me as much of a town hall. It's more like last week's debate, only the backdrop is voters. Brokaw just seems to have to officially given up on enforcing the rules...
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) - I'm not sure that McCain's presenting of Iraq as a model for Afganistan will be resonate with voters.
(CNN)–America's energy security is contingent on global energy security. If we reduce our energy consumption the way Senator Obama suggested in the debate, it will merely provide more oil for China, India and other developing economies to buy.
(CNN)–We didn't hear an answer, but it is an interesting question. He said that we have a moral responsibility to use force to save innocents. How does that apply to Iraq? Saddam Hussein was a mass murderer and gassed his own people. Obama opposed military intervention. Obama also opposed the surge and advocated withdrawal despite the warnings that it would lead to a bloodbath and possible genocide. And now that the surge is helping to quell violence and save lives, Obama says that he would still opposes that action. What does that mean? What about our moral responsibility to the Iraqis? Obama says he's against the Holocaust. Well, for goodness sakes, who isn't? The question is: When would a President Obama order military action? Do we know? Does he know?
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) - That's a very interesting answer from McCain on Pakistan.
The crux of it was that while Obama's policy may be right...it's foolish to announce it to the Pakistanis; You probably should do what Obama suggests, but you shouldn't talk about it.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) - "We will kill Bin Laden, we will crush al-Qaeda," Barack Obama said Tuesday as he faced John McCain in their second head-to-head presidential debate.
McCain responded in equally strong terms: "I'll get him. I know how to get him. But I am not going to telegraph my punches as Sen Obama did."