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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  1. That one is Karl Marxs friend too

    The last 2 debates were useless. Unless the candidates are allowed to interact this will also be useless. They need to address the issues to each other. There are stark differences between philosophies. One is moderate to slightly conservative, the other very left. They should be able to make that clear. Obama is nothing near moderate. McCain needs to point that out. It is disturbing the relationships he has with shady people, but that is not the main point. I only hope they can interact for others to see the differences that are important.

    October 14, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Will-South Dakota

    I hope they talk to each other and McCain doesn't interject divisive phrases like " that one" .

    October 14, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. nate

    Going at him about Ayers is the WRONG way to go. It will make moderate and Indep viewers uncomfortable and wont win them over.

    October 14, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. Ross in MD

    Bob Schieffer is a Republican hack.

    Bob @ 4:10PM – The people who are undecided now are the perpetually confused. I doubt they will be able to find their way to a polling station, let alone fill out a ballot 😉

    October 14, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. 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. John has lost all sense of civility in this campaign
    and it really shows.. he is pathetic
    Hillary will play a very important role later when Obama is elected.. probably as Sec. of State or similar position.

    OBAMA-BIDEN & Clinton in 08"

    October 14, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. John in NJ

    I am looking forward to seeing who acts and sounds more presidential. I have already made up my mind but I want to see the show anyway.
    Hopefully McCain will show up!
    I predict a perfect 3-0 record for my candidate....Oops did I give it away!
    Oh well,
    Obama/Biden lets make history together!

    October 14, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. Sandra

    If Obama wins it will be because all the black people voted for him just because he is black.

    October 14, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. Deb

    God help us if by a fluke of nature McSame and Palin are elected. I am truly scared. America, let us get this right.

    October 14, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. Tom

    Bob: I could not have said it any better, if people do not know by now who they are going to vote for then they should sit this one out for what has already been said by both candidates will not change given we have 3 weeks left.
    Sorry undecided you miss this train.


    October 14, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. CTSadler

    Yep. Gonna watch the game. It's a little sad watching Barack take this sad shell of a senior citizen behind the wood shed time after time after time. Please bring up Ayers, old man. See what happens.

    October 14, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. Frank G in Deerfield, IL.

    Let's hope so. When you have nothing to say you say anything. The McCain/Palin ticket is an unfortunate representation of one of our major American political parties. Reading off of note cards, winking and unbecoming personal attack behavior is not going to do it. And telling us "I know how to fix it" no matter what the subject matter and then not telling us how is typical McCain nonsense. Whatever the imperfections of the Obama/Biden ticket, if America elects McCain/Palin, in a couple of years we shall all be thinking George Bush was a great President. That is if these backward looking ideologues don't all get us killed first, either financially or literally.

    October 14, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. Ed, Santa Fe NM


    October 14, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. David

    I just can't wait until Obama is president so I can sit on the porch and wait for my check in the mail.

    October 14, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. Tired of W, OH

    In regards to ACORN, I saw one blogger put it best: It's only voter fraud if the fake registered voters show up with fake IDs and vote.

    October 14, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. dd

    mccain is done!!!!!!!!

    October 14, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. Mickey in Texas

    After this last debate McDementia is going to turn on the attack ads again because he is going to lose and lose badly. He'll come out and say something really dumb at the debate since he is unable to hide his angry side.==================OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 14, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. Merry

    Nobody needs McCain even those people who vote Repbulicans. He will finish taking this country down. I don't want him messing with my health insurance or pension. Repbulicans suck!

    October 14, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. Matthew

    What does it matter? No matter what happens, the media will report that Obama won.

    October 14, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. Dee

    Sandra...apparently you haven't been watching the McCain rallies...there are plenty of Black Republicans and other blacks that do not plan to vote for Barack...what an ignorant comment from you...

    You just worry about who YOU are going to vote for..if you are even registered to vote that is...

    October 14, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Andy - Atlanta, GA

    I'm waiting for McCain to bring up Ayers or ACORN, because you know the Obama camp has a good response prepared.

    However, I don't think he will. I suspect the debate will be more of the same. No game changing plays from either side.

    October 14, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. Dal CA

    Ah he will be thinking that he is in Hanoi Hilton while he is in the debate. Hey in that Hilton he dreamt up that he was going to be the US prez.

    October 14, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. James

    It seems to me that this will be the least-watched of the three debates. I doubt that even if he scores a jab or two, he can hardly land a knock-out punch. If no one watches, how will it matter if he does? The reaction, regardless of the outcome will be the same. Fox will say McCain won, MSNBC will say Obama won. Others will be objective. McCain can do nothing to take away the "presidential" label that Obama has earned regardless of how many zingers regarding Ayers, Wright, etc. he attempts. It's nearly a done deal.

    October 14, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  23. lyn

    McCain the last thing we want to hear in the debate from you, is you going on and on about Bill Ayers, damit we want to hear how you going to put food on our table for our family, a roof over our head,healthcare etc. Obama is working very hard for us to have a better future, All I hear from you McCain & Palin is negative words thrown at Obama.Enought is Enought. Political ticker please print my comment, why is my comment always awaiting moderation?

    October 14, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. Fear Not

    Sen. Barack Obama: The New Face of the Nation...and America desperately needs the Change! We simply cannot take a 10% chance on Sen. John McBush.

    October 14, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    October 14, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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