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Liveblogging the Presidential Debate

Last One! Who's Watching the Presidential Debate With Us?

The fat lady is tuning up for the final hurrah, the last debate before the presidential election. Hosted by Bob Schieffer at Hofstra University in New York, the debate starts at 9 p.m. EDT and will last the standard 90 minutes with the candidate sitting side by side. Touching distance. And since McCain has promised to whip his you-know-what that proximity could be . . . you-know-what. We're settling in to watch all of the action and will be right here in the comments — come join us!

In the meantime, there is so much out there to take in — it's like a little debate prep of our own! Following the "whipping" comment, Obama came out saying that he's "ready for Ayers" but that he's using the debate to discuss his plan for the economy. McCain might be feeling the sting of a less-than-positive tone lately as six in 10 voters think he's been spending more time attacking than explaining what he'd do as president. That didn't stop him from hosting a record-breaking fund-raiser.

There are tons more goodies, including what kind of host we're getting ready for. To find out,


Bob Schieffer has already promised he's not afraid to push for answers, the proximity he'll have to the candidate, plus a host of other suggestions — like asking about the elephant in the room — might make this last debate the liveliest yet.

With Obama's debate talking points leaked, and the polls heading not exactly in McCain's favor, I leave you with this one tidbit to take to your debate-watching parties — only one other candidate has come back from the deficit McCain is facing now: Ronald Reagan in 1980.

Thoughts? Predictions? Debating-watching menus? We want to know it all!


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