Third Presidential Debate Preview

by Sal on October 15, 2008

in Election 2008,Politics

Tonight is the Third and Final Presidential Debate between Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama.  The debate is in the traditional format similar to the first debate, with an emphasis on domestic policy, and will be moderated by Bob Schieffer of SeeBS News.   

In spite of articles in the New York Times, LA Times, and even National Review, it appears that the Ayers ads have had some effect.  A week ago, McCain was anywhere between 5-8 points behind in the tracking polls, while today, the tracking polls appear to have narrowed to a 3-5 point advantage (Battleground being the notable exception with a +8 advantage for Obama).  That being said, McCain needs to take tonight’s debate performance and change a 3-5 point deficit into a 1-3 point deficit. 

McCain needs to come out with all guns blazing tonight, but yet not appear to be mentally unstable.  He needs to calmly and cooly attack Obama on his record on taxes, on energy, on the economic crisis, on health care, on abortion, and on spending.  He needs to peg Obama as the most liberal member of the Senate, and tie him to Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, and SWMNBN.  McCain has to hammer Obama on his Socialist tendencies, specifically on his comment to a Plumber in Ohio, where he admitted to wanting to “Spread the Wealth around”.  He also needs to peg the current financial crisis on Obama and the Democrats, along with his relationships to ACORN (involved in the crisis) and radical terrorist Bill Ayers

Two weeks ago, I wrote a post on What McCain must do to win.  Today, I think the five points I laid out are just as right as they were two weeks ago.  The challenge for McCain is that he now needs to emphasize all five of these points tonight, and then campaign on them during the next three weeks. 

As usual, we will be LiveBlogging the debate tonight, beginning at approximately 8:45 PM EST.  Hope to see you then!

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Mike October 15, 2008 at 4:04 pm

McCain’s bump has nothing to do with Ayres. What’s happening is nothing less than what happens near the end of every election, right-leaning indies are coming home. You’ll notice that the bump didn’t start until the campaign let up a bit on Ayres and told people not to be afraid of the Chosen One.

Calling Obama out as a big government liberal and contrasting it with a conservative solutions is what will close the gap even more. Harping on Ayres this late in the game smacks of desperation.


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