A Little Less Conversation

By: Jason Colthorp
By: Jason Colthorp

Who won Round 2 of the Presidential debates?

Tuesday night's Town Hall Meeting had little town, even less meeting, but it was in a hall.  It was pretty much the ho-hum usual dodge-the-question and get-to-your-talking-points debate.  But what I saw was Barack Obama come out comfortably talking about the economy.  He seemed presidential.  John McCain again seemed like he was an angry guy again-- although not as much as the first debate.  The angry part came when he was attacking Obama.  Obama's attacks were more reserved. 

"My friends..."

I thought McCain made up a lot of ground talking about taxes.  He sounded like he was building toward a "No New Taxes" declaration, but no one will ever do that again after Bush 41.  However, his constant "Let's not raise anyone's taxes" line had to score some points with the folks at home since it made my ears perk up.  McCain was also the only one who came up with something new on how to handle the economy.  He offered a plan to buy up faulty mortgages from banks.  He gets points there, but loses them when we found out later that the plan would cost about $300 billion dollars.

One of the few questions from the crowd-- the first one in fact-- asked each candidate what they would do to save older American's retirement investments, like a 401(k), and as usual neither answered the question.  Neither really gave any straight answers to questions or interacted with anyone in the hall which was pretty disappointing.

So, overall, I scored it a tie.  Pundits seemed to give the edge to Obama, which isn't surprising.  I thought the first debate was McCain's and pundits claimed that one for Obama, too.  What do you think about the debate and did it change your vote?

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