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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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Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Oh I know about Obama's plan. I support it, I wasn't attacking him. Ginger I do realize that, but racism still makes me sad no matter how expected.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Jessie, in Obama's plan college students get $4000 a year in exchange for service. So it isn't just an investment in one person's education, it is also an investment in our communities. Provides exponential benefits.
Ginger Ginger 8 years
Yea, but Jessie, it's Virgina. Not such a surprise there, unfortunately.
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 8 years
Our response to the debate is up. Thank you all for your amazing comments! I'm almost sad we don't have an excuse every week for the country to get together like this.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Ouch 3 out 6 six of the NBC panel say they know someone who might not vote for Obama because he's Black.
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
If the scholarship comes from the school... the money isn't wasted. It didn't exist. Its and intangible source of funds... but a tax credit for the school. That's it... I'm done. Last thing I want to discuss tonight.. Goodnight all.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
But it's so true momma. McCain isn't Bush.
Ginger Ginger 8 years
At least they didn't call him a crazy old coot. Obama leading by 10% in the polls before the debate (according to NBC). But he pulled out of Wisconsin before the debate. Retreating from swing states probably doesn't fill his supporters there with much sense of hope.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
People are focusing on the fact that MCain came off so nasty... and by the way i thought the whole "im not Bush..if you wanted to run against bush....." that was soo corny. im sorry.
sydneyalexandria sydneyalexandria 8 years
Exactly lili, the vouchers dont provide any real choice besides catholic schools which are usually cheap and off in a bad way themselves. So instead of investing that money to pay teachers more and get more qualified ones we just push students out of the system and let it deteriorate. VOUCHERS do not work in DC. Charter schools however do.
bluesuze bluesuze 8 years
I want to hear Hillary talk
lorenashley lorenashley 8 years
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
ilanac... I had wealthy friends who's parents made too much for them to qualify and the parents would pay for none or just some... they had to work. Most of them started getting scholarships... that's how they finished. That's how my exhus. got his engineering degree. It's hard. So is a job.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
i'm out! night all!
geebers geebers 8 years
Haus in defense of CNN it was a democratic presenter (sorry I didnt catch his name). (I cannot believe I am defending CNN)
liliblu liliblu 8 years
Grumpy McNasty is much better than what I've been calling him haus.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
ilanac13 I'm not counting middle class kids I know they hurt too by not qualifying for enough aid. I just don't believe everyone should receive money. It is a bad use of aid.
bluesuze bluesuze 8 years
ohh, Grumpty McNasty? same thing, I guess
liliblu liliblu 8 years
Also, I am so happy I had scholarships that paid for most of my college tuition and some of my books. I loved leaving college debt free.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
"CNN just called McCain Grumpy McNasty " wow. not biased at all! very credible cnn.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
Grumpy McNasty? hahahahaha! he really did come off like that old man that was just really really annoying..."GET OFF MY LAWN!"
bluesuze bluesuze 8 years
Did that guy just call him Cranky McNasty? :ROTFL:
geebers geebers 8 years
Good night folks. I enjoyed talking with you as always. :)
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
I might actually like this voucher business, but I can't get behind McCain as a whole.
geebers geebers 8 years
I think she is 5'11"... she is nearly as tall as him (but she wears heels) CNN just called McCain Grumpy McNasty LMAO!
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