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. Tired of the Nonsense

    To "Aware" –

    Google Keating 5 Scandal.


    October 14, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    People have a pretty idea who to vote for by now. This is the last debate, and the last time of having to listen hours of McCain.

    October 14, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. Tony Radell

    It will be interesting to see if McCain can look a so-called 'terrorist sympathiser' in the eyes. Now that he's slung so much mud its springing back onto him!! What to do John, what to do?

    October 14, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. Proud Obama/Biden Supporter

    For those of you saying that Obama will only win because of the black vote, THAT IS A LIE! If you know anything about demographics and the make up of our country, you will know that African-Americans in this country only make up a small percentage of the population. How about you go back to school and get an education and learn your facts. Also, those are you steady calling him Black remember that he is Black and White. Why wouldn't you want an intelligent and educated person running our country. Oops I forgot you probably voted for Bush in 00 and 04 who was an average C student at best and that's only because his parents donated a large sum of money to the school! Why not give a person a chance who is not corrupted by politics and knows what's its like to struggle and can rise to the top on his own. Or do you want to vote for someone who left his wife for a younger women who stood by him while he was a POW. He divorced her and remarried in the same month. Yeah,that's really teaching us morals! Who picked a VP that has no brains whatsoever that is a Gov. of a state with the population of less than a million! We are looking like fools to the world especially if we vote MCCRAZY into office!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008!

    October 14, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. Annie, Atlanta

    McCain is too old to be president, too out of touch with the ordinary people who make up America, and his pick of Sarah Palin was one of the biggest political blunders I've seen in my lifetime. The two of them have made a mockery of the traditions we hold dear. His last stand was the second day of Palin holding hate rallies last week, for me. I went and voted for Obama and Biden that day because I'd seen enough. ENOUGH!

    October 14, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Elias

    These are the most insulting elections in American History.

    October 14, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. Tired of the Nonsense

    To Gary – as for your ascenine comment –

    "You may want Obama but you need McCain".....

    How long have you been on crack?


    October 14, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. John in Ohio

    "That one is Karl Marx's friend"

    No, Obama is not far left. I know, because I'm left, and I know people who are far left compared to me, and Obama is to the right of me.

    Check the x/y political spectrum graph posted at Wikipedia, on that scale, Obama is solidly moderate, a social liberal. Meanwhile McCain is probably between the center of the graph and the conservative position. And I myself am firmly at the social democrat position.

    October 14, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. Papasan in Arizona

    Acorn, Ayers, is that what you call a Campaign focus!
    McCain, This is the best you can do for your country?

    The last resort of all Failing Republican Campaigns is to energize the base, Right Wing Looneys! Republicans are waking up from a long peaceful Bush slumber [Ouch!], to find two morons [McCain/Palin], publicly displaying a comical megalomaniac love affair with themselves, out of touch with our Nations true issues [it's the ECONOMY!], and engaging in a revolting "McCain First" campaign! That's a tough wake up call, "MY FRIENDS"!
    The McCain inept solution is an Ignorant Slang Talking Power Hungry Junk Yard Dog [Awaiting Criminal Indictment] scampering around the Nation drumming up Racist Bigotry [Wink Wink]. The obvious erratic incompetence of the McCain/Palin campaign provides us evidence enough that they are unfit for any public office. As Americans face the hardest financial disaster in the History of the USA, this is McCain Policy of Change/Solutions/Ansewrs! John McCain / Sarah Palin have no idea what Americans trying to survive face. 401K plans gutted, Unemployment, Foreclosures, and the Global Economy in disarray...
    McCain/Palin are a disgusting self serving disgrace. Clearly proving they are not up to the complex task of keeping the Nation together in hard times.

    P.S. Johhny it's all over except for the pity party, your colossal arrogance has sunk you! Sadly the USA will undoubtedly have to listen to you whine, stick to that, you're good at it...

    October 14, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. Dan, MO

    If this was a fight, someone would stop it. It's over. I don't need to hear McCain. Sure, he may carve out a few votes, but it won't change the trejectory–we're done. Game over. Barack and Joe won.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 14, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. ENE M DIAZ


    October 14, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. Debby

    Its black and white. Vote black if you want higher taxes and white if you don't. I don't need a third debate to tell me that.

    October 14, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. Truth Hurts

    There is no undecided. I don't believe in that. You either are going to vote for Obama, Mccain or stay at home!!

    October 14, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. Garnet, Corning

    Oh no, he is going to "be respectful". He said he would "whoop his you-know-what", but be respectful. What with John, A paddle instead of a belt? John needs to go home.

    October 14, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. Fired up ~ Ready to Go!

    Hey McCain!

    I haven't heard you talking about the "SURGE" in quite a while now...

    "It's working!"

    October 14, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. John McCain - Clean up your act

    John McCain last stand...........just like an old race horse..........headed off to the glue factory. The race is over.

    October 14, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |

    My bad, I mean SANDRA

    October 14, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. Main Street American

    We are so inundated with unsolicited policital banter there is little reason to have this final debate. Anyone on the fence between republican or democrat at this point in the race should consider selecting a third party candidate. There are more than two names on the ballot. Nothing of substance will come from this broadcast so I will be watching baseball tomorrow night and grudgingly read the results in the morning paper.

    October 14, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. Ted

    This guy, who refers to a respected member of the US Senate, as "that one", has shown us an example of his management style. Who, in their right mind, would choose a low experienced, irritating, rambling and below average speaker, spouting out colloquialisms as a running mate? With all the experience out there is this the best he could come up with? Was his only criteria to pick a woman? Did he or anyone on his staff not see that their choice brought with her a potential damaging abuse of power label? Who can we expect Mc Lame to pick for retiring Supreme Court Justices? Just remember, if you vote for Mc Lame, you are voting for Palin for President. You think things are messed up now? HA, just wait and hope to God Mc Lame can make it past 80.

    October 14, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. Ron from Baltimore

    This debate will likely be Sen McCain's last lurch, not his last stand. At this point, he has almost no choice but to try to change _something_ about his game, which he and especially his campaign staff have fumbled around in for weeks. Surely, he deserved better than what the Republican party did to him.

    October 14, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  21. Denise Walters

    Here's the difference-
    Most Democrats dont hate John McCain-they feel sorry for the old timer.
    Most Republicans flat out HATE Obama-I'm sorry but that equates to racism any way you slice it. To those inbred ignorant southern folks- Please DON'T vote, let us educated people handle this one. Obama's not gonna paint the white house orange, or pimp out air force one, or any other 'black' fears that you might have, so just relax and lets try to fix this country of ours.

    October 14, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. Vickie

    Hey McCain.....................just go sit on your porch and let your rich wife take care of you~~~~~~~~~~~~

    October 14, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  23. Lady4Obama

    I think this debate will send Senator Obama across the finish line. Senator McCain is already behind, but if he brings in his eradic, poor choice solutions to the economy into this debate, he will wrap up this election with a bow and give it to Senator Obama.

    October 14, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  24. the dude

    all obama has to do is maintain. that's it. McCain has to turn water into wine...and its just not going to happen.

    October 14, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  25. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    McCain will "pull out all the stops" and finally point out that Barack Obama is Black and has a Muslim middle name.

    October 14, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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