October 7th, 2008
10:11 PM ET
6 years ago

Rosen: Obama winning on foreign policy

 Obama: I don't understand why we invaded a country that had nothing to do with 9/11.
Obama: I don't understand why we invaded a country that had nothing to do with 9/11.

Obama just said "Senator McCain is right, I don't understand, I don't understand why we invaded a country that had nothing to do with 9/11. And we are still there ignoring the real problems elsewhere and spending money we don’t have.” BINGO.

Obama is owning this foreign policy discussion.

October 7th, 2008
10:09 PM ET
6 years ago

Crowley: A standard line meets a new stock reply

Obama and McCain went head to head Tuesday night.
Obama and McCain went head to head Tuesday night.

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) - Obama was waiting for McCain to say - as he did many times in the last debate - that Obama "didn't understand" an issue, or needed "on the job training." McCain obliged on the first foreign policy question - and this time Obama was ready, saying that McCain is right; he doesn't understand why we invaded a country that had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks.

October 7th, 2008
10:05 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain: Challenge is to know when to use force

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) – John McCain said Tuesday the "challenge" facing a president considering using military force "is to know when to go in and when not."

McCain and his rival Barack Obama seemed to agree that there were situations when the United States should be willing to use force to stop a humanitarian crisis, even when America was not directly threatened.

Obama suggested the United States could help impose a no-fly zone to stop suffering in Darfur, and both implied Washington could have done more to stop the Holocaust.


Filed under: John McCain • Presidential Debate
October 7th, 2008
10:05 PM ET
6 years ago

Sanchez: McCain needs to close strong

McCain has 30 minutes to have stronger performance. He needs to look more angered at the Washington system and emphasize that he's the person to clean up the mess.


Filed under: John McCain • Presidential Debate
October 7th, 2008
10:03 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: Obama being far too abstract

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) - Obama just said that Health care should be a right. How do we get there? Obama's answers are far to abstract.

October 7th, 2008
10:01 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: Still not connecting with voters

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) – A town hall is supposed to be an opportunity to address the voters concerns.

Obama and McCain are using it as an opportunity to attack each other and push their own policy agendas.

Neither is doing what Bill Clinton was able to do in 1992.


Filed under: Bill Schneider
October 7th, 2008
10:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Fact Check: 94 times?

(CNN) - McCain said at Tuesday's debate that Obama has voted to raise taxes 94 times.

Is that true?

Get the facts here


Filed under: Fact Check
October 7th, 2008
09:58 PM ET
6 years ago

Rosen: Watching the line

(CNN)– I am fixated on the dial line at the bottom of the screen on CNN. Women are responding very enthusiastically to Obama. And women have been the larger part of the undecided vote in the battleground states. They like his specificity on tax cuts, the budget, education and energy. And now the environment has just sent both men and women to the top line.

McCain only gets to the top line with either men or women when he is positive. Each time he criticizes Obama, the line flattens.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
October 7th, 2008
09:57 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama and McCain lay out fundamental dispute on health care

Obama and McCain lay out fundamental dispute on health care.
Obama and McCain lay out fundamental dispute on health care.

NASHVILLE (CNN) – Barack Obama said Tuesday health care was a "right," while John McCain said it was a "responsibility" as they met in their second head-to-head match.

Obama said it was a "moral imperative" to provide health care.

Obama said under his plan, people with health insurance would be able to keep it, while those who did not would be able to join a plan similar to the one for federal employees that he and McCain participate in.

Obama and McCain both proposed computerizing medical records to reduce costs and limit errors.

McCain argued that Obama's plan included fines for small businesses that did not insure their employees, while his was based on "choice" rather than "mandates."

October 7th, 2008
09:55 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: Obama not answering the question

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) - That's a pretty fundamental question...should there be for profit health care?

Obama's answer...he's not answering the question.

Once again they're giving campaign speeches but not really answering the voters questions. Their answers sound like policy position papers.


Filed under: Bill Schneider • Presidential Debate
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