McCain Goes on Offense in Final Debate with Obama

Ana Marie Cox, via Twitter

Ana Marie Cox, via Twitter

John McCain definitely kept Barack Obama on the ropes last night in their final scheduled presidential debate. McCain needed to make a splash, both to satisfy his base and somehow slow Obama’s momentum. He won some exchanges, and the “I’m not President Bush” line was solid.

Obama kept his cool, which was all he needed to do (he’s in the lead, after all), and even refused to take the bait on moderator Bob Schieffer’s question about whether the candidates’ respective vice presidential picks are qualified to be president. In fact, Obama might have a little too cool. Even on the point of Bill Ayers, which did come up, he didn’t strike back as forcefully as perhaps he should have.

And then there was Joe the Plumber. His full name is Joe Wurzelbacher, and yes, he’s a plumber from Toledo, Ohio. And his business is about to boom, thanks to this debate. Can Joe vote for both candidates? Just this once?

So who won? Vote below.

Say it’s Alright, Joe

Joe the Plumber to guest on ‘Huckabee’ (no kidding!) [The Arkansas Project]

Joe the Plumber: Obama plan ‘infuriates me’ [ABC News]

Ohio plumber becomes the focus [AP via Yahoo!]

Joe the Plumber: A Profile [BBC News]

America, meet Joe the Plumber [Chicago Tribune]

Joe the Plumber’s Story Could Change The Race [Janet Daley, DT]

What Joe the Plumber Can’t Fix [E.J. Dionne, Washington Post]

McCain plumbs the depths with the Joe the plumber [The Age]

Joe’s new social networking site: Plumbr?

In Arkansas

McCain ‘one of the worst debaters of the modern era’ [Blake’s Think Tank]

The morning after [Max Brantley, Arkansas Times]

The Debate

Edgy McCain sheds no new light [Politico]

McCain comes out swinging, but no game-changer [CNN]

Aggressive Underdog vs. Cool Counterpuncher [Dan Balz, Washington Post]\

The Best Debate By Far [The Economist]

McCain Fails, Obama Not Rattled [Roger Simon, The Politico]

McCain’s Shot at a Late Game Win [Dick Morris & Eileen McGann, NY Post]

That’s It for McCain [Joan Vennochi, Boston Globe]

Obama Hasn’t Closed the Sale [Karl Rove, Wall Street Journal]

Fact Check

Warped facts in final debate [Associated Press]

McCain on ACORN, Obama on McCain’s health care plan, more []

Fact-checking the last debate [CBS News]


One Response

  1. Here’s a debate topic that was never covered, but I think has some interesting items:

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