What was the debate with McCain and Obama about last night?what were the main points?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that one of the impacts of the debate was to reinforce the differences between Obama and McCain's age.  To a certain extent, stereotypes came into play for both of them.  Obama might be considered too young to be effective by some, while McCain is considered old and harrowed.  They are afraid Obama will be inexperienced, and McCain will be senile.  Like Fred Thompson, McCain is older and probably was pushed into running by some.  Obama likewise made a huge impression with the speech he made a few years before as a young up and coming.  I get the feeling that were being pulled, at least to a certain extent, in the beginning.  Did they both want to win?  Of course.  They both put all they had into it.  People often have misconceptions based on very little evidence, and it was natural for the election to turn into young vs. old.

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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Yes, Obama's associations are almost as scary as McCain's involvement with Keating while he was in the Senate.  I will be glad when all the mud slinging is over and we can focus on real topics like an attack on a country for WMD where none were found, unemployment, and the economy.  As far as gay marriage, well, I don't think the government has any business in who marries whom.  Separation of church and state was and is a good idea. I mean how would you feel if your partner of 36 years got ill and went into intensive care and you couldn't even visit them because the law says you aren't related, or you are taken to court because your partner dies and the home you have shared is taken from you because you weren't "married?" 

On an academic note, I had my student's begin a project about a month ago of tracking the gas prices and determine how much they would drop before the election.  We will follow up on how long it will take them to rise after the Republican party either wins or loses.  Their graphs look great so far. 

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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They aren't very much alike, are they?  While I am glad the debates have concluded, and will be equally glad when those attacking ads will cease.

Joe the Plumber, or not, I can not support someone who favors gay marriage and partial-birth abortions.  Also, some of the groups and associations Obama has are a little scary.

It takes more than a good looking, smooth-talking new face to do the job of President.  I'm not sure Obama is up for the heat and the current economic crisis.

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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What was the debate with McCain and Obama about last night?

what were the main points?

Joe the plumber.

   That seemed to be all McCain focused on, yes, LOL.  Funny stuff, methinks!

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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I am personally glad the debates are over.  Research has been done that has shown that the debates do very little to sway undecideds either way; I question how useful they were.  What I do find interesting is the stark difference in McCain's and Obama's personalities.  They clearly do not have much in common and it shows when they greet each other.  I think the debates COULD be much more useful if the questions were better in most cases.

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ebonyrebel | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

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What was the debate with McCain and Obama about last night?

what were the main points?

Joe the plumber.

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joejoe18 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

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lol....thanks 4 answering.me too am glad the debates are over....

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