It is the debate that everyone had been waiting for – the two presidential candidates is difficult in competition. We culled the best moments of the debate, starting with a discussion on the implications of each candidate’s tax plans for the economy obstacle. John McCain kicked it off with a history of dealing with “Joe the Plumber”, a man from Ohio who asked Barack Obama in the campaign this week if the senator from Illinois of the tax proposal would harm its own plan for a small business . Obama followed suit, dealing with the now famous “Joe the Plumber” in its response.
The moderator of the debate, CBS ‘Bob Schieffer, the conversation turned to the nasty tone of recent campaigns. In their replies, two candidates discussed the recent attacks against the character with Obama and William Ayers ACORN.
Obama said he is the candidate who can bring “fundamental change” for the country and continued trying to link McCain to President Bush.
In one of the strongest moments of the debate, McCain turned to Obama and said: “I’m not President Bush.”
“If you want to run against President Bush, you must be running four years ago. I will give a new direction in this economy and this country,” the Arizona senator said. McCain aides said they had been working on it to be more explicit in drawing a distinction between himself and Bush.
With less than three weeks before the election, is one of several JABs McCain took his opponent, who is leading the race in most national polls and has an 8-point lead in the CNN the average national surveys. A CNN / Opinion Research poll of people who watched the debate found 58 percent said that Obama did the best job while 31 percent said McCain did. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points, and the sample-debate observers in the survey were 40 percent Democratic and 30 percent Republicans.
McCain touted what he called his “long record of reform” and Obama said: “You gotta tell me a time when you have defended with the leaders of his party on one important issue.”
Obama said that it has a “history of reaching across the aisle” and noted his support for charter schools, pay for performance for teachers and clean coal technology.
“Senator Obama, his argument to defend the leaders of his party is not very convincing,” said McCain.
The third and final presidential debate was held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, and was moderated by Bob Schieffer of CBS News.
As McCain tried to put pressure on Obama, the Illinois senator said that voters need to know the full scope “of his relationship with Bill Ayers, a former radical who 1960 belonged to the Weather Underground.
“Mr. Ayers does not participate in this campaign, he has never been involved in my campaign, and he did not advise me in the White House,” said Obama.
McCain has Obama’s campaign complained that the association with Ayers should cause voters to question his verdict.
Ayers was a founding member of the radical Weather Underground, a group that participated in attacks in the 1970s, including attacks on the Pentagon and the Capitol. Obama said Ayers had committed “despicable acts” 40 years ago, but noted that he had been 8 years old at the time. Obama said Ayers has become the “center” of the McCain campaign and said that the fact that McCain keeps up that Ayers, “says more about his campaign to what he says about me.”
The Republican candidate also raised comments made last weekend by Rep. John Lewis and pushed Obama to repudiate. Lewis on Saturday against the feeling of the last GOP rallies to those of segregationist George Wallace.
“I think Congressman Lewis point is that we have to be careful about how we deal with our supporters,” said Obama.
“I think he spoke inappropriately a comparison between what was happening there and what had happened during the civil rights movement, and immediately put out a statement saying that we do not believe that the comparison is appropriate,” he said.
As the candidates head butter over fiscal policy, both made frequent mention of “Joe the plumber.” Last weekend, while Obama was attracting support in Holland, Ohio, the Democratic candidate ran in from a man nicknamed Joe the plumber.
In this exchange of “Joe,” Obama asked if he believed in the American dream – said he was about to buy a company that makes more than $ 250,000 a year and is concerned that Obama would be more tax because of it.
Obama said his tax plan in detail, saying that it is better to lower taxes for Americans who make less money, so they can afford to buy your business.
In the debate Wednesday, McCain characterized the plan as Obama trying to “spread the wealth around.”
“We will take the money from Joe, to give Senator Obama, and allow you to spread the wealth around. I wish Joe the plumber to spread the wealth around,” said McCain.
He added, “Why do you want to raise taxes for anyone right now? Why would you like to do that to anybody, anybody in America, when we have such a hard time?”
Obama countered that he and McCain wants to cut taxes, but that his plan to cut taxes for “95 percent of American families”, rather than the McCain plan.
Spending, Obama promised that as president would “go through the federal budget page by page, line by line, and cut programs that do not work,” echoing a vote that his rival has done repeatedly.
McCain, in turn, promised a “through the Board to freeze spending.” He said the balance of the federal budget in four years, and went on to name specific programs, including subsidies for ethanol when Schieffer pressed both candidates to identify specific budget cuts to make.
The candidates also talked about abortion rights, an issue not addressed in the previous presidential debate.
McCain refused to commit to appoint only judges who opposed abortion, saying it would “never impose a litmus test” on court nominees.
However, he described the declaration of a moment later, saying he would base his nomination “titles” – and that he did not believe that a judge supported Roe v. Wade, the case that legalized abortion, “would be part of those qualifications.”
McCain Obama came on abortion, accusing him of “aligning himself with extreme aspect of the pro-abortion movement in America.”
Obama dismissed the charge out of hand, saying: “Nobody is pro-abortion.”
He called for sex education as a way to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies resulting in abortions.
“We should try to avoid unwanted pregnancies through the provision of appropriate education for our youth, the communication of that sexuality is sacred and should not be arrogant involved in the activity,” he said.