Saturday, September 27, 2008

Who Won The Debate? Reviews Go To Obama


My blog is so overwhelmingly partisan right now and I'm loving it. This does relate to Korea because I viewed the debate at the Starbucks in the Itaewon district of Seoul with a bunch of Obama supporters ;)

Anyway, here is the report card re polls about whether Obama or McSame won the first presidential debate.

Who Won The Debate? Reviews Go To Obama

Several positive reviews for Obama. A CBS News instant poll finds:

40% of uncommitted voters who watched the debate tonight thought Barack Obama was the winner. 22% thought John McCain won. 38% saw it as a draw.

68% of these voters think Obama would make the right decision
about the economy. 41% think McCain would.

49% of these voters think Obama would make the right decisions about Iraq. 55% think McCain would.


Two focus groups, one by GOP pollster Frank Luntz and another by Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg, both declared Obama the winner. Here's video of Luntz, some pretty powerful stuff:

Independents in the MediaCurves focus group "gave the debate to Obama 61-39. They also think he won every individual segment. Republicans gave the debate to McCain 90-10, Democrats to Obama 93-7."

And even Time's Mark Halperin weighs in with his grades: Obama A-, McCain B-.

Update: CNN's poll has all Obama winning overall, on the economy and on Iraq:

Who Did the Best Job In the Debate?

Obama 51%
McCain 38%

Who Would Better Handle Economy?
Obama 58%
McCain 37%

Who Would Better Handle Iraq?
Obama 52%
McCain 47%

CNN confirms it too: Poll: Obama wins first debate
Oh this is a gem.

Before McSame confirmed that he would actually show up for the debate, his campaign released this:

McCain Wins Debate

Although the fate of tonight's presidential debate in Mississippi remains very much up in the air, John McCain has apparently already won it -- if you believe an Internet ad an astute reader spotted next to this piece in the online edition of the Wall Street Journal this morning.

"McCain Wins Debate!" declares the ad which features a headshot of a smiling McCain with an American flag background. Another ad spotted by our eagle-eyed observer featured a quote from McCain campaign manager Rick Davis declaring: "McCain won the debate-- hands down."

Here's the screenshot.

The CNN link to the same story. And here is the screenshot:

Hilarious! I thought McSame "suspended" his campaign? I guess someone in his camp didn't get that memo since this managed to get released BEFORE the debate. Instead, that person was hard at work spinning the result of a debate his candidate said he wouldn't take part in.

Reuters on this too: McCain to attend debate, Web ad claims victory already

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  1. Expat Jane thanks for the article. I saw the debates and I was impressed by Obama but I believe Mccain did good as well when laying out his plan. Nevertheless I believe Sen. Mccain comes across as whey too hostile when dealing with people.

    I know people like to say that it's just Obama that Mccain is nasty to but it's everybody including his Republican comrades as well.

    I really don't think America needs that right now. We need as many allies as we can get as China is winning friends around the world. This I'll determine who my friends and enemies are that Mccain insist on having can't help America anymore.

  2. McCain is nasty, and I'd agree it's not just to Obama. He publicly snapped at his wife a few weeks back too. To me, that shows he needs anger management. But what it also tells me is I don't want someone who can't keep a grip on his temper and can't be gracious to lead my nation.

    For me, though it comes down to his policies and I don't agree with them. Therefore, Obama has my support because I mostly agree with what he's proposing.

  3. Unfortunately, mikemathew, I the same CBS data that you put in your comment along with an unsolicited link to a business site is the exact same data I have in the post, so I didn't approve your comment.

    Try, try again with something that adds to the conversation.


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