3rd Presidential Debate Live-Blog

I'm waiting for the mud slinging to begin.

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and it would be great

if McCain stopped saying Palin's son is Autistic when he has Down Syndrome.

Finally an Education Question!!!

Nothing new from Obama. I don't think that his proposals are comprehensive enough, but education is tough to reform from the federal level.

McCain didn't seem to comfortable delivering that "civil rights battle of the 21st century" line. His allusion to charters in New Orleans and New York is faulty. I was just at an AMAZING charter school in New Orleans, but overall their whole system is charters and the system as a whole isn't any better than before.

His idea that troops should become teachers without examinations or certification... Why would that be good? Don't we want qualified teachers? If they can't pass tests, their kids won't pass tests.

I like Obama's trade off of higher teacher pay for more teacher accountability.

Washington vouchers: 9000 D.C. parents requested vouchers because their schools sucked. If they had good schools, they wouldn't need vouchers. They didn't want the vouchers just for the sake of having vouchers. And where were the kids going to go? There weren't enough good schools to serve 9000 student transfers.

I need to look up what the DC superintendent has said about vouchers...

Troops to Teachers

There is a Troops to Teachers program but even rocket scientists need training/certification to deal with the middle school and high school environment.

Oh...that was bad....really bad

McCain's final voucher statement was really creepy...I mean disturgingly creepy.



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Creepy

McCains "Joker" smile is creepy, my friends

Tongue

How about that tougue flicking? Double yuck!!

Lovex7

Who is going to vote tomorrow?

"You could say, 'Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that's depicted?' Most of us have never heard of him before." John McCain, following Clinton's strikes on al Qaeda camps

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I am and both my daughters asked me to wait to vote

until after I picked them up from school. They want to go with me so we can all fill in the bubble for Barack Obama.

I just know I will cry.



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I'm a Day Late

responding, but I did vote today. The line was around the building and they said it had been that way all day.

Lovex7

Go vote

Go vote at WSJ Wire

This was really uncomfortable to watch

McCain came off as desparate. Although Obama didn't hit it out of the park, he still tried to stay on message and steer the conversation to the issues. It seemed that McCain took way too many detours.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Progressive Discussions

CNN "undecideds" say Obama 15-10

Three people made up their minds, Obama for all 3. All of them hated Joe the Plumber and Ayers/Acorn.

"You could say, 'Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that's depicted?' Most of us have never heard of him before." John McCain, following Clinton's strikes on al Qaeda camps

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I'm still on music hold

Greenberg Quinlan must be having a tough time with the numbers....maybe not as clear cut this time.



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Autism

Her sister has a child with autism.

Lovex7

Greenberg Quinlan Rosner dial groups finally on

Dial groups held in Denver, Colorado.

Stan Greenberg: Results looked more decisive than the last two.

NOthing that indicates

2:1 Obama - coming from undecided voters with a McCain leaning

At beginning McCain was considered favorably at beginning by 20 points - Obama even warm/cool and McCain warm/cool +20
at end Obama 72/22 (+50) when at beginning he had been 42/42 warm cool.....and McCain went down 18 points in warm/cool +2

McCain made a little headway in energy and differentiating from Bush

Has what it takes to be president predebate 38% obama does, 50% does not - at end 50% did and 34% did not
trust to make the right decisions 30% before 48 %after
too liberal - 48% pre tp 40% post

Big gains for Obama - share your values - Obama won by 24 points
Big gain for Obama handling financial crisis 50 - 20 for Obama at end of debate

He got huge marks on education



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Was anyone as offended as I was at McCain's answer

concerning Lilly Ledbetter the woman went to the Supreme Court over equal pay for equal work? He raced through the answer and said that the case was 20 years past the statue of limitations, what an arrogant A$$!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Progressive Discussions

That's an excellent "out of touch" point

Obama tried to make that "practical judiciary" argument in that spot, but it didn't seem that strong (to me).

Obama certainly seemed to appeal to women better tonight; I'd keep this section as a rolling talking point for Hillary to make as she stumps for Obama.

 

More from Greenberg Quinlan

Taxes - McCain had to change the direction of this thing and this would be an essential area to do so....

The whole spread the wealth around was flat
Obama ahead 42-20 beginning of debate and he was ahead 52-20 after the debate

McCain didn't erode Obama's lead in the too liberal question, the taxes question and other key areas that he had to hit Obama.

They have been holding focus groups with people who shifted after the debate to one of the candidates. This debate not enough people shifted to McCain to hold a focus group.

50 people in group -pre-debate 8% for McCain and 4% Obama and 88% undecided

Post-debate the group was - 20% McCain, 42 % Obama, 34% undecided



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