October 14th, 2008
03:49 PM ET
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McCain's last stand at final debate?

Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain sparred about domestic policy during their second presidential debate.
Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain sparred about domestic policy during their second presidential debate.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The third and final presidential debate is shaping up to be a make-or-break appearance for both Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama, one of the last chances to get their message out to undecided voters.

The debate, taking place at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, begins at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday and will be aired live on CNN and CNN.com.

The 90-minute face-off will undoubtedly focus on the economic crisis plaguing the country. And unlike at the other two debates, the candidates will sit at a table facing one another.

CBS News' Bob Schieffer, host of "Face the Nation," will moderate the debate and told The Associated Press on Sunday that he will be seeking more on what each will bring to the presidency.

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  1. Gary

    I think an effective campaign strategy for McCain to make from now to Nov 4th is to make a direct appeal to Obama supporters with this message...

    "You may WANT Obama, but you NEED McCain."

    October 14, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. Ann from MD

    McCain is going to get owned again, especially if he brings up Ayers. The fact that he's even going to bother bringing that up only further proves he has nothing of importance to say – like what he plans to do about the economy! Obama talks about the issues people want to hear about, while McCain and Palin continue to promote lies, fear and intolerance at their sometimes downright disturbing rallies. The Straight Talk express has derailed. Thanks, but no thanks.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 14, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. lisa m

    McCain,

    You're major mistake was Palin, but I think even if you got rid of her now, you're still out.

    We women weren't looking for a woman to vote for, but the woman to vote for.

    McCain you really screwed this up beyond all recognition.

    Sarah Palin does not engage me. I can stop on any street in my county and find her. I don't want my government run by my buddies.

    I want someone with ideas. Someone with something new. Someone who won't throw my tax money down the drain(thanks a lot Bush).

    Where are the Conservatives in this God forsaken GOP? I truly believe that some of these idiots are left of the lefties.

    October 14, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. George

    I bet McCain is going to pull more stunts like the stuntman he is.

    October 14, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Kate

    It should be VERY awkward to watch McCain sit right across from Obama and STILL avoid looking at him.

    October 14, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Spencer/Commonwealth of Virginia

    Last stand is right. This time Sen. Obama is going for his jugular.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 14, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. Diane

    I think John McCain is grasping to what ever he can grab! Not only does he take Obamas ideas but he is lying on most all of his campaigning!!! He is using Sarah Palin to gain ground and not only is she looking desperate but also looking stupid!! This bulldog is only barking not biting!!
    Why are we paying attention to all of the negative crap towards Obama and not looking and taking care of our economy???
    God Bless us!!!!
    Diane

    October 14, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. FLORIDIANS FOR OBAMA!

    MCSAME IS MCDONE! OBAMA/BIDEN 08, EARLY VOTING STARTS MONDAY IN FLORIDA!

    October 14, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Chris from STL

    McCain is heavy on ethics .... Obama should ask why his running mate is still running despite being caught with ethical violation of abuse of power. What kind of double standard is this!

    October 14, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. Walt

    I hope McCain's last stand is as successful as General George Custer's last stand was.

    Oh...and how come CNN isn't reporting on the news that William Timmons, the lobbyist named by John McCain to lead his presidential transition team was involved in aiding an influence effort for Saddam Hussein to ease international sanctions against his regime as it is reported on other news sources? You've done more than enough reporting on Obama working on an educational panel with Ayers even though Obama was only 8 years old when Ayers was a Weatherman.

    October 14, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. Susan, California

    Maybe this will finally help those undecided voters to realize once and for all that McCain doesn't really have a viable plan other than to help out the corporations and the wealthy.

    October 14, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. Melissa

    Its going to be amusing watch McCain slowly bury himself.

    October 14, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. C A

    The last debate will not make any difference and Obama will go on to win. McCain can't compete with Obama in a debate, in any style or format and you all know it.

    As far as the ACORN issue. ACORN, SMACORN, LAMECORN. Obama has no organizational or campign ties to ACORN. They are a separate functioning entity. McCain should stop the BS and worrying. ACORN could disband and Obama would still kick his rear in the election. Let's move on.

    October 14, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Tony

    All the debates do is give a reason for liberals and conservative to pat themselves on the back. If McCain actually "wins" the debate, you think the Obama campaign will release a statement saying "yeah, McCain really whopped our you-know-what"? a.) They're way to arrogant and full of themselves to ever conceive the possibility that Barack Obama could possibly be incorrect or second-best at something and b.) it's be political suicide and race would somehow be blamed.

    This back and forth time-limited banter isn't what wins independent voters, and I dunno why CNN and the rest of the MSM has been trying to force this down our throat. Independent votes are won on the stump, where candidates have an opportunity to explain their policies.

    October 14, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Roberta Lerman

    If you're undecided at this point, here's a good reason to vote for Obama;
    Preventing Sarah Palin from being in line to become president in any way shape of form.

    October 14, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. TONY

    I DON'T WATCH THE DEBATES FOR SUBSTANCE FROM THE REPUBLICANS.

    I WATCH THEM ONLY FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT VALUE!

    WATCHING MCCAIN WANDERING AROUND AND CHATTER LIKE A SCHIZOPHRENIC IS ONE THING, BUT TO SEE HIS INCOHERENT, INCOMPETENT, TOTALLY IMBECILIC RUNNING MATE......WELL, YOU CAN'T EVEN BUY THAT MUCH FUN.

    October 14, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. Greg in MN

    McCain will bring up ACORN, and Ayers and maybe even Rev. Wright.

    He is a shadow of his former self. What a disgrace he's become. Doing the very things that brought him down during the primaries in 2000. Heck, he's even got the guy who did that to him on his team right now.

    I only hope his negative tone won't impress people. I hope his anger turns off voters.

    October 14, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. AM in VA

    My friends...I've already cast my vote here in VA...so I can skip the next McPain bluster...hey the Phillies are playing the Dodgers for at the same time !!

    October 14, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. Country's Worse

    BREAKING NEWS:

    "Pilot spiraling outta control in tailspin..."

    Lie Baby Lie!

    October 14, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. Dee

    LOL@how Obama is looking at McCain in this picture....

    I'll record the debate and watch it later..I'm not expecting much regardless of McCain's promise to whip Obama's behind...

    October 14, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. nelson

    at least Mccain wil have to face OBAMA not turn away,.. because
    he knows Obama is answering questions not playing hide-n-seek
    as McCain does.

    October 14, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. MY FRIENDS - REPUBI-KLANS JOA$$HN McINSANE/PAIN-LIN ARE SPREADING HATE & BIGOTRY IN AMERICA

    This 72yr old only stands is to STICK to the issues and not try to cry WOLF before the election!

    when someone like JOHN MCSAME is running out of ideas and out of time; he ONLY starts to WHINE AND FLAIL and call his opponent names and "THAT ONE"!

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER – AND NOT 4 MORE YEARS OF MCSAME!!!!

    NOT THIS TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 14, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. AM in VA

    My friends…I've already cast my vote here in VA…so I can skip the next McPain bluster…hey the Phillies are playing the Dodgers at the same time !!

    October 14, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. Republican for Obama

    I was for McCain until his campaign said that if we focus on the ecomony, we will lose. That is not putting country first, that putting self first. Let's focus on the issue. It's the economy stupid!!!! . Anything else is a destraction.

    October 14, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. Purple Alaska

    "Fired up...Ready-to-Go!"

    October 14, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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