September 26th, 2008
09:47 PM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: Obama's task is to convince voters he's a safe pick

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OXFORD, Mississippi (CNN) - On foreign affairs and national security, all Barack Obama has to do is convince people he's a safe alternative to John McCain. There are still a lot of doubts about his abilities to be commander-in-chief. McCain has to intensity those doubts concerning Obama. On the economy, Obama's remarks will sound like the following "Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush" McCain won't mention President Bush tonight. McCain's line on the economy will be "tax, tax, tax, tax."


Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. Marissa

    After the clown trick this week of trying to avoid this debate, I'm a now convinced that anyone voting for McCain is clearly uninformed and jaded. Senator McCain and Palin are a train wreck – they lack diplomacy, they lack intelligence, and they lack the wisdom needed to take this country to the next level of growth on a global scale.

    Obama 08 / 12

    September 26, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  2. aj for Obama

    McCain cant even look at Obama, is that who we want to run this social power country. He just has a little smirk on his face. I cant believe anyone would vote for a republican after the last 8 years. OBAMA 08

    September 26, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  3. Bryan

    Sorry but he has NO EXPERIENCE

    I suggest he come back in four years when he does. Maybe he can show up in DC and actually serve his district and cast votes instead of voting Present or not voting at all like he has for 4 years. He's a fake and a fraud , LOL

    He'll never win just based on the fact that he's black and that's the extent of his resume. Americans aren't that stupid ..

    September 26, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  4. Michele

    Is EVERYTHING that McCain says about the all things military. Right about now...I'd rather hear about one of his houses.

    September 26, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  5. Jim in Washginton State

    Supposedly tonights theme is McCain's strength? I'm convinced that Obama has a firm grasp on foreign affairs PLUS he has Sen. Biden as his vice-president. McCain has a VP that believe foreign affairs is about trade missions with Russia (the ones they visit her state as you'll recall she's never been there).

    September 26, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  6. Dawit Solomon

    Sen Obama is performoing far beyond my expectation on international matters and national matters. Sen McCane has the edge in the dabte over the international affairs. But in the domestic matters he seems to be lost and look for quick way out of the question.

    September 26, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  7. Lee

    Senator McCain reside in the past and is clearly unable to relate to the present. WhenSenator Mccain blinks repeatedly as he has done a variety of times he is unsure of his facts.

    September 26, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  8. Jessica

    McCain won't even look at or address Obama... not even when Obama is speaking directly to him... does he think he's too good to even look at him? It really makes him look like a snob...

    September 26, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  9. Susan Mueller

    Canada for Obama!!!

    Senator MCain is having a really hard time looking at Senator Obama.
    Why is this so hard for him.

    Not once has he made eye contact. Senator Obama looks directly at him when answering the questions. Even when they shook hands, in the begining of the debate, Obama looked directly at MCain. This tells alot. MCain has nothing on Obama!!

    September 26, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  10. Jdubb

    It just seems like McCain keeps repeating the same tag lines. He's not adressing the issues as directly as Obama. To me, personally, he is not doing it here tonight. He is skirting the issues and spewing talking points that he was prepped on minutes before he walked out.

    September 26, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  11. ERICK in Alabama

    Obama is doing GREAT! How the heck is he being rude? They are both respecting one another and they were actually afraid to converse each other. GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 26, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  12. Martha

    I've been leaning toward voting for McCain, but after watching Sarah Palin's interviews and now this debate I just can't!
    Here's one vote that will go Obama's way. I agree with George Will that McCain does not have the temperment for this enormous job.

    September 26, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  13. Jdubb

    Thank you Connie....that was bugging me soooo bad too!!! I thought I was the only one!

    September 26, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  14. Michelle

    Outstanding for Obama. This was supposed to be McCain's turf. Obama is able to make much more salient big picture points. Obama has won this debate so far!

    September 26, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  15. Shilpi Chaudhry

    I think Obama is way better than McCain, its not just about what he is saying, but the way he is saying it too, he just sounds like a better person, I think McCain is HORRIBLE !

    September 26, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Obama has a degree in both international politics and political science.

    September 26, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  17. Kenneth Nicholson

    Four more years of the last eight is not the remedy. It seems as though there are two tides at work. The narrow minded stagnate way of yesterday and a growing trend of embracing the future.
    Unfortunately McCain's just "whistling dixy"

    September 26, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  18. Proud Obama supporter tonight

    Obama looks much more relaxed, confident, and he's been much clearer with getting to his answer to questions. In most answers, but not all, McCain starts answering a question, then ventures off on statements that don't clearly relate directly to the question that had been asked, before returning to answering the question.

    September 26, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  19. Shelly

    Obama is thoughtful and intelligent. McCain is blustering through. I am impressed.

    September 26, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  20. Jennifer - ohio

    Im very disappointed with Obama tonight ...He keeps saying John is right .. well If John Mccain is so right all the time.. maybe he also is the better pick.. Im was one of those on the wall but this has pushed me toward McCain .... I do not feel at this point he is a safe pick...

    September 26, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
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