Tonight, Senators John McCain and Barack Obama exchanged blows over a number of issues including the war in Iraq, beef with neighboring Iran and Russia, as well as the multi-billion dollar federal bailout plan. It got ugly at times, with McCain questioning Obama’s naivety regarding foreign policy, and Obama challenging McCain’s “20th century politics,” which he saw as an extension of the Bush regime. Throughout the debate I felt like Obama was confident, focused and concise – he gave a solid performance. McCain, on the other hand, took a while to warm up. At the beginning of the debate he seemed uncomfortable and his comments lacked depth. It also seemed strange that he refused to address Senator Obama directly, despite frequent requests from the moderator. As the debate moved along he got into more of a zone and gained some of his confidence back, especially in regard to foreign policy issues. Overall, however, I feel like the momentum belongs to Barack Obama. John McCain barely even looked into his opponents eyes – he seemed that intimidated by Obama’s swag.
What are your thoughts on the debate?