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Here's #2! Who's Watching the Nashville Debate With Us?

Get ready, 9 p.m. EDT, it's the second verse, same as the first? Decidedly not my friends, (no drinking yet!). But given that it's a town-hall-style debate, a format McCain is quite comfortable with, I expect the "my friends" to come flying, so prepare yourselves.

So the scoop: of the six million questions submitted online (!!!) only 15-20 will be answered. The candidates will answer questions from uncommitted voters and while the candidates have agreed not to include follow-up questions, though moderator Tom Brokaw hasn't himself agreed to cut them out. Most of the stories today have underscored McCain's need for a "game changer" given his favored status in the format, and his need to reverse Obama's gain in the polls.

McCain has, with a grin, signaled he's ready to shuck the gloves, and while the Obama campaign acknowledges his competence in a town hall, they're readying their gloves as well. They said, "I hope during the course of that he also has time to speak to the state of our economy, which is in deep trouble right now. But we are prepared for a very aggressive debate."

Are you prepared? Any predictions on the relative game-changeriness? Who's watching the debate with us?


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kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
They both weren't spectacular. I think that if I were undecided, that would not have helped me make up my mind.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
*he brought
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Hey I know everyone is snoring right now but I just got back in from dancing and I have too much energy to sleep. McCain was absolutely embarrassing in his performance. The man does have something to offer but her brought his C game last night. Definitely not his night in my eyes. Sen. Obama on the other hand although I don't believe he brought his A game he pushed a B+ either way he was better than McCain hands down in my eyes.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
gitsie123 gitsie123 8 years
You guys think Obama won? Fox News has McCain winning by 88%! ;)
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Undave, there are already steel plants that used to make cars that are making wind turbines. The technology to harness green energy is already here. It is just a matter of making it on a larger scale. Also, it will take workers to improve our energy grid before the new energy gets going full steam ahead.
girlA girlA 8 years
Happy voting everyone--going to bed!
girlA girlA 8 years
You answered my question and I respect your view. As far as bi-partisanship goes, the repubs make it hard when their policies have gotten us to the state that we are in. I'm an independent, and I've voted Repub in the past (pre-Bush), but if they can't even give me a reason to vote Repub these days, I can see how Obama feels that way too.
aaronmoatz aaronmoatz 8 years
i have gone to the same temple for 30 years and know my rabbi well. i have watched the rev wright videoes and they make me very scared, sad and angry. i am a student of the ecomony and think mr. obama's policy is disastorous. and a man that has no record of bi-partisanship in office is too radical for me.
girlA girlA 8 years
Hmmm..ok. So you're voting on a "fear" that you have. Have you tried to find out if your "fear" is founded?
aaronmoatz aaronmoatz 8 years
my vote is going to ron paul... i could not vote for a man that i fear has an inner dis-like to jewish people and one that i fear is going to create an environment that is going to send more jobs abroad and i could not vote for a man that chose palin as his vp and one that cannot articulate his points and cannot relate to the youths that will drive our america's tomorrow.
girlA girlA 8 years
Sure you can prove a point that you don't like either candidate by writing in Paul, but what about making a difference, alba? Where's your vote going to go?
aaronmoatz aaronmoatz 8 years
nyaradzom2001 - i was just in south africa the last 2 weeks of august - was very eye opening - sorry - didnt see your profile before - really a beautiful place wiht so much potential. hopefully vorrupt politics wont get in the way there either!
aaronmoatz aaronmoatz 8 years
i live in san francisco - i will write in paul - but pretty clear my district is PRO BAMA! and a mccain sticker would lead to a keyed car around here!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
alba i am not american, if i was I would be voting democrat period. i am soooo not a conservative.
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
I would have NEVER voted for any of the Bush canidates/presidents.
Ginger Ginger 8 years
There are green jobs and a lot of commitment to grow more. San Jose is working on adding 25000 green tech jobs in the next 15 years, for just one small example. Lots of green business effort is adding jobs now.
girlA girlA 8 years
Help make that possible, Alba. R U voting for Paul?
aaronmoatz aaronmoatz 8 years
i didnt vote for bush.... and if you are american he is your president too. anyways - moot point - no chance mccain ever wins - and i hope mr obama and his cabinet will bring us all peace and prosperity. his message is great - i hope it comes to fruition without bringing harm.
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
McCain always seems angry about something, which is not a bad thing. Buy McCain doesn't know how to channel or express his anger in the proper manner in public...and I have a problem with that too.
girlA girlA 8 years
How does McCain's plan differ, Dave?
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
I could stand to look at him for a long time DS :)
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
alba we don't know obama, we know what he shows and we don't know Mccain we know what he shows us. I think Whoopi goldberg said it best whn she said no one candidate is qualified but the world needs a leader who will respect other nations, other cultures, other sovereignties and most importantly will be able to relate to the everyday person. McCain's anger and hhis wife's ability to keep grudges is well documented and as a leader i think a certain amount of humility is needed because all it takes is one wrong step and your leader can bring all sorts of problems to your doorstep. i think your current president is the perfect exampe of that.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I love how there is an Obama supporter talking about Recovery through green jobs. Jobs which don't exist, and most likely won't for the next 7-8 years. How does that help us now?
aaronmoatz aaronmoatz 8 years
thanks citizen and the whole sugar team - you guys rock and thanks for putting such a great place for us all to chat about it congrats obama supporters - another victory for you!! sign sealed delivered.
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