Obama Bests McCain in First Debate

September 27, 2008 · Leave a Comment

Good news from the first Presidential debate.

Obama won by a pretty big margin.

We were all uncertain about whether we’d see a debate or a town hall meeting.  McCain’s increasingly erratic campaign called off and then on again the debate, even though his condition (agreement on a bailout bill) was not met.

After jetting in to Washington, injecting Presidential politics into a process that by all counts was moving forward with great speed and bipartisanship, and nearly derailing the process, McCain finally figured out that America was on to his cheap stunt, and wanted the debate to go forward.  So he reversed himself and showed up for the debate.

Maybe he should have stayed home.

Although it wasn’t a knock-out punch, Obama clearly bested McCain.  The especially bad news for McCain is that the night was supposed to be about foreign affairs, a topic on which he consistently bests Obama in the opinion of pundits and most Americans.  Because of the economic crisis, the first half of the debate focused on that area, and Obama was much more comfortable and in charge during this topic.

Why do I say that Obama won?

  1. A CNN telephone poll of people who had watched the debate.  51% said Obama had done best, while only 38% said that McCain had.
  2. A CBS online poll of that all important group – the uncommitted voter:  39% said that Obama had won to only 24% who thought that McCain had won (with 37% calling it a tie).

Here is Bloomberg’s take on the results of the night:  Obama Showed Leadership, McCain Proved Experience

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