Liveblogging The First Presidential Debate

September 26, 2008
Presidential debate with foreign policy focus
University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

C-SPAN has the live stream. Make sure to check back throughout the night for real-time analysis and observations, as well as all the good video.

Since it is Friday and all, check out Wonkette's drinking game and see if you can keep up. The Seminal has a good one, too.

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10:38 pm: Let's see what the talking heads have to stay. The Spin Wars are on! As Jon Stewart would say, welcome to "Spin Alley."

10:36 pm: To anyone playing the C&L drinking game: McCain playing the POW car=finishing your stock of booze.

10:32 pm: Debate Flashback

10:21 pm: Re: Georgia.... McCain insists Russia committed the aggression. But Colin Powell says it's the other way around. Who's right?

10:15 pm: Henry Kissinger does indeed support direct talks with Iran. Stop lying McCain.

10:07 pm: McCain butchers "Ahmadinejad."

10:05 pm: McCain's "League of Democracies," although lauded by neocons, has been thoroughly rejected by our allies.

10:02 pm: Me to McCain: STOP LYING ABOUT OBAMA'S AFGHANISTAN HEARING RECORD.

It turns out that presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain has attended even fewer Afghanistan-related Senate hearings over the past two years than Obama's one. Which is a nice way of saying, McCain, R-Ariz., the top Republican on the Senate Armed Service Committee, has attended zero of his committee's six hearings on Afghanistan over the last two years.

9:49 pm: McCain distorts Obama's Pakistan position. Obama nails him on the "Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran"diddy.

Compare and contrast:

9:47 pm: McCain plays the "you hate the troops" card. Obama hits back: "We had a disagreement on timetables, not on funding the troops."

9:45 pm: Obama pummels McCain on Iraq: "You were wrong [on everything]"

9:38 pm: McCain: "I opposed the President on torture of prisoners." Is he admitting Bush is guilty of torture? And although McCain did a lot of grandstanding on the issue, he sat on his hands while Bush issued a signing statement negating the bill entirely.


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9:29 pm: McCain: "Senator Obama is so far to the left, from that position it's hard to reach across the aisle." Funny line, but predicated on the debunked smear that Obama is the "most liberal" member of the Senate.

9:25 pm: McCain attacks on the pork-laden energy bill Obama voted for. He should have mentioned that the bill made the largest investment for alternative energyin the history of Congress. Give and take. Obama "voted for corporate tax rates" but McCain "voted against investments in alternative energy."Hearing McCain rail against earmark abuse is pretty laughable considering Palin is the federal Earmark Queen.

9:22 pm: Obama attacks McCain on his turf: business tax cuts. Says McCain wants to cut business taxes yet keep the tax loopholes open. More for the Wall St., less forMain St. More of the same.

9:20 pm: Obama and McCain spar on tax and spend policies. McCain refuses to make eye contact.

9:12 pm: Lehrer asks Obama to address McCain directly. He does, and McCain makes a self-deprecating joke about his age. "What, you think I couldn't hear him."Pretty funny.

9:05 pm: Obama ties McCain to Bush right off the bat. "The failed policies of the past eight years promoted by George Bush and supported by John McCain."

McCain goes for the bipartisan shtick by playing the Ted Kennedy card. Get well, Teddy.

John Amato: McCain's tie is blinding me! I'm moving C&L to Ireland after listening to McCain....
Where's McCain's American flag pin! McCain sounds like Alan Alda from the West Wing debate episode....Obama is very strong so far...

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