McCain to TieAs someone who appreciates quality debating in the Lincoln-Douglas style, I would probably have scored last night's presidential debate at Ole Miss a tie. In terms of raw debating points, both participants were on their game and were clearly prepared to make their cases. In the first five minutes of the debate, I thought that Barack Obama had the rhetorical advantage. However, John McCain was successfully able to force Obama on the defensive and literally made the man answer for past actions (like requesting $932 million in earmarks), and on foreign policy, Obama had to explain his ideas about meeting with the leaders of rogue foreign states without precondition.
As with most candidates from either political party, some of Obama's answers were good from a debating standpoint, while some were just "bull" whether the Senator intended that ir not. It wasn't Obama's answers that may have lost him the debate-or at least not to perform as well as he might have hoped-but the fact that McCain had Obama on the defensive nearly all night.
Newsweek's Andrew Romano believes McCain won the debate for that very reason. Predictably, Democratic blogs are declaring that Barack Obama won, while conservative Republican bloggers are saying that John McCain carried the night.
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