October 7th, 2008
09:29 PM ET
11 years ago

Schneider: Are the candidates relating to the audience

 Senators Obama and McCain shake hands before the debate at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.

Senators Obama and McCain shake hands before the debate at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) - Both of these candidates are engaging in Washington speak. McCain's tone is better at talking to the audience, but the problem is that he loses no opportunity to criticize Obama...what the voters want is someone who focuses on their concerns. I'm not sure either of them are relating to them.

Both seem to be giving campaign speeches.

soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. embee

    Neither candidates are relating to the audience. Eye contact, personal contact with the person asking the question is important. The audience have to feel that their question is being answered exclusively for them.

    October 7, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  2. Summer

    I have to agree McCain does nothing but try talk about Obama. He never anwsers the questions and I cant figure out why, other than he doesnt have an anwser!

    October 7, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  3. Beth

    Don't know if I can take another "my friends" comment.

    October 7, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  4. mrsb

    McCain does not make sense. Did he actually say that part of the 700 billion could fall into the hands of terrorists? Did he say he would cut Social Security benefits?

    October 7, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  5. D

    Obama is actually answering the questions, McCain clearly is not.

    October 7, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  6. Wanda in Richmond

    Obama is answering one particular question but he's addressing his answers to the entire audience. McCain seems to be rambling on and on.

    October 7, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  7. voter

    I disagree. I believe McCain is not answering the question. He says I know how to fix it, but is not providing solutions. Obama I believe is.

    October 7, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  8. RS-Texas

    we want PEACE and PROSPERITY for America

    October 7, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  9. Mary George

    Give the public a bit of credit – we actually understand these issues, and we understand the 'washington-speak' that you keep saying we don't understand.

    October 7, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  10. jeff

    Only Obama is relating to the audience.

    October 7, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  11. Kim

    I honestly think that Obama is answering the questions asked...while John McCain is veering off subject repeatedly and going back to past subjects...I will hold my ground that Senator Obama has a plan...Senator McCain has a lot of talking points, and yes, he sounds like he is on the stump giving a speech.

    October 7, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  12. POW=PTS

    Hey Betty, I know that you are Cindy and Sarah-it takes two of you to make a whole sentence.

    October 7, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  13. ines

    I'm really confused here – I thought McCain said that he was the expert at town hall meetings. McCain, meet your new boss – President Obama.

    October 7, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  14. No Hillary = No Obama

    Obama is lecturing us. He belongs in the ivory tower, not the White House

    October 7, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  15. Flindell

    Obama gets it, McCain doesn't

    October 7, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  16. DLD

    And if you want more detials on Obama's platform you can go to his web site for more details....

    October 7, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  17. Iowa voter

    Whoever picked out the chairs they're sitting on obviously favored Obama. McCain looks like a little kid trying to touch the floor.

    October 7, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  18. bobbi

    we've heard your speeches, we want answers!

    October 7, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  19. Zeke

    Somebody PLEASE ask Obama how unregistered Dallas Cowboys players somehow have been registered by Acorn (despite none of them have spoken with Acorn)!

    October 7, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  20. NB

    Obama is connecting with People .

    October 7, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  21. JD in NC

    McCain seems to get close and talk at people.

    October 7, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  22. voter

    Sen Obama is doing great

    October 7, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  23. Amanda

    I disagree, I think Obama is doing a great job talking to the audience. I believe people can relate more to him than to McCain. I dont knwo who you are watching Schneider..but of course you are subject to your own opinion =)

    October 7, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  24. bobbi

    OBAMA'S IN THE DRIVERS SEAT.

    October 7, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  25. S0TH3RNCHiiCK

    Why does McCain/Pallon always Bash Obama and People of color come on McCain....Can't You do better then just bashing people in your entiere Campagin!?

    October 7, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
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