October 14th, 2008
03:49 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain's last stand at final debate?

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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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soundoff (201 Responses)
  1. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    Who the heck is still UNDECIDED? If you haven't figured it out by now, you might want to sit this one out. Please don't waste the votes who care enough to stay informed.

    October 14, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Thed Weller


    October 14, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Just like Custer's Last Stand.

    He has lied too much and has too many bad judgment calls to have any hope now.

    He should just shuffle away with dignity, and send that pitbull home where she can remain active in supporting AIP and PNAC.

    October 14, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. all american mom

    Yikes! What's McCain going to do??? He can't wander around the room, and he can't look Obama in the eye!!! "Becha" he has his head down "taking notes" while Barak is speaking 😉

    October 14, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Preco, NY

    I have better things to do at that time.

    The second debate was when there was still hope for McCain to appear lucid.

    I am not saying he has lost his marbles, I am only saying he has made his bed let him lie on it!!!

    McCain is one word in this election and that is ERATIC!!!

    October 14, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Republicans= Me First Country Last

    I can't wait.

    I really love that CNN has the little voter reaction bar on the screen during the debate. Thanks CNN.

    I hope Obama kicks McCain's butt!

    October 14, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. mitch

    john has nothing to stand on. his party and ideas are out-of-date and only help the wealthy and the powerful. nothing for the average 'joe-six-pack."

    October 14, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Scott in Atlanta

    Please read the article entitled "Make-Believe Maverick" in the October 16th edition of the Rolling Stones magazine. Even though they're a popular music publication, they've had some remarkable insight into the political arena.

    I dare you to read it "That one is a friend of Karl Marxs too"

    October 14, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. C

    McCain hasn't shown good leadership skills in leading his own campaign- how can anyone trust him to lead our country!!!

    There's isn't anything that Mccain can say that will ever change my vote– McCain and Palin will be a detriment to this country!

    Obama our President– the intelligent choice!

    October 14, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. Michelle, PA

    Don't count the chickens before they hatch, Obama supporters....Republicans have come up with some killer October Surprises in the past, and they still have Ken Blackwell and others who are experts in voter suppression. Obama needs to keep working like he's 10 points behind no matter how badly McCain continues to implode.

    October 14, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. Maggie from Virginia

    I truely hope McCain bring up Ayers. Obama is going to shut him down, Chicago style. I do not think McCain is that stupid though.

    October 14, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. Ken in NC

    McCain's Last Stand.......Custer's Last Stand? Sounds like a winner to me. This way Six-Pack Sarah can go back to her first love, Abusing her powers in Alaska while her First Dude runs the government for her.

    October 14, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. Leo Ft. Lauderdale

    I cant get over all the talk about the "Republican Base" Excite the base. It seems to me the that this base are a bunch of angry, mean, evangelical evil spirited people that revels in personal attacks and my way is the only way antics. Its too late for McCain, Weather he wins or not he has sold his soul to the dark side.

    October 14, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. The Stallion & The Champ vs. The Old Mule and Winky Half-baked Alaska

    What message would that be, Grampy? Oh, the one from last century and the the one before that?

    October 14, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Veteran in Kansas

    A last stand, don't really think so, it's time to sit back and at least have some dignity for the last of the debates. Keep it clean, three little words mean a lot to many of us and if McCain could go in and demonstrate duty, honor and country he could at least end his political carreer on a high note.

    October 14, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. Jen B

    As far as I am concerned McCain is wasting his breath. I came to the conclusion some time ago that he is not worthy of my vote and not fit to be President, his pathetic choice of running mate even less so.

    October 14, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. ls

    I'll be watching. Still haven't decided if I'm going to vote for McCain or not all yet.

    October 14, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. Palin is a Patriot Act

    So, will McCain need to get up and walk around while Obama is speaking?

    October 14, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. Al, NY NY

    "my friends....I don't have a clue but darn it, that William Ayers thingie is still sittin' in my craw"

    October 14, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. Greg285

    This proves that the Republican Brand is near death and they are feeling the heat as reality starts to set in…They are going to lose and lose very badly in November, both the WH and the House/Senate too…The direction of this Great Nation is about to be changed and changed for the better! The country will be given back to the ‘People’ and taken away from special interest groups and thank God for that…..

    October 14, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. California Gold

    McCain has promised to talk about Bill Ayers. School children are hungry. Our elderly eat dog food to stretch grocery money. Families are homeless. Sick children and their parents and grandparents go without medical care because they can't afford it. McCain promises to drag up some 60's hippy flower power love child to waste precious debate time??????

    He must be senile.

    October 14, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |

    How is this a make or break debate for Obama, I like how CNN is still painting this as a close race to draw in viewers. He's up 8 in naitional polls. It's not make or break.

    October 14, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. Enlightened Voter

    Mccain's presidential transition team adviser was a lobbyist for Saddam Hussein. It's on Huffington Post now. The only reason i even watch the debates is to see mccain make a fool of himself.

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

    I wonder if McCain will look at Obama this time or stand with his back to him like he did in the first debate.

    October 14, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. sherron mays

    I have yet to see Sen. McCain with a lapel pin on his jacket, it there a reason why?

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