HEMPSTEAD, New York (CNN) - McCain is falling into the weeds by taking the bait and talking about the campaign ad squabbling.
Obama is making an effort to come across as Joe Cool, McCain is noticeably addled.
HEMPSTEAD, New York (CNN) - Obama is trying to rise above the squabbling. The moderator invited it in asking them to address the attacks, but Obama would be wise not to be baited.
By keeping his eye on the ball and addressing the economy he looks more presidential.
HEMPSTEAD, New York (CNN) - The only way the the budget can be balanced - the only way it has ever been balanced - is with an economic boom.
It has never been balanced through spending cuts.
HEMPSTEAD, New York (CNN) - Obama is once again not answering the question about which programs he will cut.
He says that he will go through the budget line by line and eliminate the programs that don't work...but he won't specifically name any.
McCain is also avoiding specifics on this issue. Why can't they just acknowledge that if the economy is in a slump they will have to delay rolling out new projects and spending, and then they'll try and get them done when the economy picks up again?
Hempstead, New York (CNN) - Obama's answers during this first line of questioning appear crisp and clear, while McCain's sound disconnected and rambling.
This whole discussion is about taxes, but what voters want to hear about is jobs. What are these two candidates going to do on jobs?
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) - I'm not sure that McCain's presenting of Iraq as a model for Afganistan will be resonate with voters.
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) - Obama just said that Health care should be a right. How do we get there? Obama's answers are far to abstract.
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.
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.