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. Ron from Baltimore

    Yes, McCain's last stand as a presidential candidate. But he needs his good name back to continue being even an honest gadfly in the Senate. So, let's not count the man out, just because he will not be the next White House keeper.

    October 14, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. Simmy

    McCain is- oh Forget It!

    October 14, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  3. chris

    who is still undecided ..if u dont know by now then sit this one out...plz

    October 14, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. David, Belmont, MI

    Is it me or do these debates feel more like sporting events every time?



    Ugh. Can I please just vote for Obama now and be done with this already?

    October 14, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  5. They give us the Circus while they steal our Bread


    "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"


    This is why our country is a lost cause.

    Ignorance, hatred and fear are the poisons of the soul... and unfortunately, the well of our citizenry has been tainted by years of religious intolerance, watered down education, and extremely lopsided economic imbalance. The only people who benefit from this are the wealthy few ("Lords"), who through these systems of control keep the majority of the citizens ("serfs") in a constant state of fear, confusion and division, just as they have throughout history. Just because it is more subtle to the senses does not mean it is not there.

    The only antidote to this poison is Truth and Reality... and sadly, those who claim to "own" truth or "create" reality are the very ones who keep us trapped. Find it for yourself... and question it wholly.

    October 14, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. paul

    I'll be watching but would love to see a "Fact Check Debate" wherein we look at the campaign's claims and how closely they stuck to the real facts.

    October 14, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  7. TexicoFrom Mexico

    Michelle in PA, so basically what you are saying is that there is still time for the GOP to steal another election? Is that what you are eluding too?

    Veterans for obama

    October 14, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |

    For all of those who are confused about ACORN and voter fraud vs. voter registration- "it's okay if they register, just as long as they don't vote...., I love obama"


    October 14, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. Olivia

    Obama is acting cocky......says he doesn't need any help from Acorn.
    I guess he's saying he can't be beaten now.
    He doesn't need Acorn's help now BECAUSE HE'S ALREADY GOT IT!!!!!

    It may be too late now to find and throw out all the fraudulent registrations and future voters.....but......people will always wonder about the legitimacy of the numbers. I always will.

    October 14, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. dEMOBRAT

    I am so tired of hearing Obama call McCain ‘erratic.’ For one thing, you cannot be a successful senator for 26 years and be erratic, nevermind a pilot for the U.S. Navy. Infact, McCain finished his career in the Navy as a Captain- that’s higher than a Commander folks and that takes a very steady hand, just like the one used to sign a letter to the Senate banking and housing Committe on May 5 2006. McCain warned the Senate back in 2006 of the impending economic doom brought on by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Not one Democrat signed.

    October 14, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  11. Beverly, NYC

    Debby October 14th, 2008 5:01 pm ET: Wrote: 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.
    Debby is your hood on too tight, too much starch in the sheet, please take a midol and get over your low IQ self . You don't sound smart enough to make $250,000 and I doubt you rake in that much on welfare. So dear, you don't have to worry about paying additional taxes. If McCain wins he won't be in the oval office two seconds before someone wispers to him that he will have to raise taxes on the little guys, while the rich take their $ off-shore. There was another republican who promised no new taxes even said read my lips and everything, how did that turn out, oh yeah Daddy Bush raised taxes.

    October 14, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |

    Why is Maccain looking constipated?

    October 14, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  13. Don

    I think the McCain team is way, way, way past big play time. Stick a fork in them. They're done.

    October 14, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  14. Brent Richards

    Until just recently it has seemed that Republicans were more concerned with winning than bi-partisian politics. McCain's campaign has not realized that most of the country has moved on. The divisive mob-like rallies thrown by the Palin/McCain ticket are just not working with the mainstream voters.

    October 14, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. Ricky

    Obama has the support of the higher educated, I guess that explains the hate remarks from those attending the Mccain/Palin rallies. Turning ignorance around is a difficult task for either party.

    October 14, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. pam Eugene OR

    I will be watching just to laugh at McCain. My vote is solid for our next President.
    Barack Hussien Obama will be our next leader by a landslide

    October 14, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  17. Deb

    I will be glad when the debates are over, they bring expectations that are somewhat unreal There is talks of undecided voters and them not hearing what they wanted. Well maybe you are not listening. Isn't it the voter's responsibility to do there own research??

    On a lighter note, at least McCain won't have the ability to roam around like a lost puppy.

    October 14, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  18. Peter

    How is McCain going to survive this last debate? He spent the last two without ever once wanting to make eye contact with his opponent. Yes, its much harder to lie about someone when you are looking that person directly. So now this time he has to sit right next to him!

    October 14, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  19. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC




    Did we win? grin grin (wink wink)

    October 14, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  20. Proud to be American

    McCain sharpen those pencils and sound bites you will use.... he can't answer a question without refering to his notes.. the old man is going down!

    October 14, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  21. McCain is TOAST!


    I need to hand the fat lady her throat spray.

    October 14, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  22. Laurie

    I am really encouraged to read the comments posted here. It seems that McShame has finally been seen for what he really is......

    Continue your financial support for Obama through the finish line!

    Every little bit counts.

    October 14, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. Juan Grain

    Bring it on McCain, Stay the coarse McCain, Mission acomplished McCain, Great Strateegery Mccain, looser.

    October 14, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  24. Flex

    Obama is the one! I'll vote for him in Ovember!

    October 14, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  25. Patrick, Fairfield, CA

    Oh, boy, this debate will contain lots of goodies – I sure hope that one finally finishes off McCain and leads this country back on the right track!

    October 14, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
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