8:01 CT: The Brokaw neck jerk leads off the night.
8:02 CT: Obama with the coin flip win.
8:05 CT: McCain probably should have gotten either a shorter stool or a taller stool. It doesn't
matter but he should have made a decision, he looks pained.
8:06 CT: Apparently keeping taxes low fixes the bad loans that are crushing the economy.
8:07 CT: "We need to stabilize home values," says John McCain. That is excellent, how do we do this
Mr. McCain? "I know how we can fix this economy," John rhetorically responds, but never actually tells us
how he will do it.
8:11 CT: What was that Brokaw rant about.
8:12 CT: Anybody who owns a home has heard of either Fannie May or Freddie Mac, John. Their logo is all over mortage documents.
8:13 CT: Obama looks very comfortable in his bar stool.
8:14 CT: "I have to correct some of John McCain's history, not surprising," marks Obama first zinger
of the night.
8:19 CT: Section "F," what a segue Mr. Brokaw.
8:20 CT: Nothing has happened so far.
8:20 CT: "The system in washing is broken, I have been a consistent reformer...Senator Obama has
never taken on the leaders of his party." Senator Obama has not been in a position during a period in time
where the Democratic leadership was wrong.
8:22 CT: McCain agreed that he would not go into the audience, and he just walked between the
seating divisions. Clearly against the rules.
8:24 CT: Apparently McCain thinks he can conquer the three biggest issues of our election but yet he
cannot campaign and help push the bailout bill. Sounds like a contradiction.
8:26 CT: Some of the "700 Billion that goes overseas is going to terrorists," I have no idea where
McCain is getting this number from.
8:28 CT: Why does McCain want a spending freeze on everything but defense?
8:33 CT: I do not want to another image of McCain sitting awkwardly in his chair. I'm glad he's
8:36 CT: To bad health insurance costs more than $5,000.
8:37 CT: The Social Security question is now out in the open.
8:38 CT: Brokaw says Obama cannot talk about taxes, so Obama takes the next question and responds to
the tax question anyway.
8:39 CT: If a small business is useful to society it becomes a big business. A small business
should not get tax breaks, unless they contribute to society. You are not special because you have a small
8:40 CT: "Social Security is not that tough," what is your plan then Mr. McCain. I do not care
about Tip O'Neil. If you want us to have a commission to solve social security with the smartest people in
America, while you be in that Commission Mr. McCain.
8:42 CT: I do not care what section the question is coming from Tom Brokaw.
8:44 CT: McCain is trying to distance himself from the Bush Administration on the environment, nobody
cares. Apparently John thinks Japan is an example of reusing Nuclear Fuel but Japan is not allowed to have
Nuclear fuel. That was part of the Geneva convention. The people who tried to take over the world are not
allowed to have Nuclear.
8:48 CT: McCain simply does not understand the concept of the Manhattan Project reference in the
question. It has nothing to do with Nuclear it has to do with funding a purely scientific project to conquer
the energy problem.
8:50 CT: Why is McCain just pacing in the background. In 2000 Gore startled Bush in a debate so
they have no set aside a specific region in which the candidate can be. McCain is all over the place.
8:53 CT: "Obama keeps talking about what the government will do," that is correct Mr. McCain. The
reason he believes in the government achieving these objectives is because the private sector has not
adequately provided for the citizens, in Obama's opinion.
8:55 CT: McCain's joke fell entirely flat. I know the crowd is allowed to make noise, but there was
definitely laughter in the VP debate.
8:55 CT: "With the plan I have that will do that." Thanks, what is your plan Mr. McCain?
8:56 CT: "Health care should be a right," Barack Obama.
8:57 CT: "McCain voted against expanding health care for children," Barack Obama.
8:59 CT: "Did we hear the size of the fine?" I have no idea what McCain was referring to.
9:00 CT: I'm glad McCain understands the concept of Universal Instantiation.
9:05 CT: "We're not going to be able to be everywhere at anytime," is the essence of the Obama
Doctrine on humanitarian combat operations.
9:08 CT: "We ended up having to withdrawn in humiliation." Wow John, sounds an awful lot like the
current situation. Lebanon seems to have turned out okay.
9:10 CT: "The young men and women in our military our my number one priority, after our country,"
sounds fairly fascist to me. You have two cows, the government kills you and takes them.
9:12 CT: McCain just blamed the current Afghanistan mess on the 1980s Afghan war with Russia. Who
was president during the Afghan war, your boy Reagan.
9:15 CT: McCain just made the leap from "I was joking with a veteran about bombing Iran" to "I know how to
handle these crises."
9:21 CT: What is Russia going to do us? The USA has bigger issues at the moment.
9:22 CT: "Energy is going to be key in dealing with Russia," Barack Obama on Russia.
9:23 CT: "Maybe," the biggest moment in the debate. McCain failed to take a stance, Obama did as
well, but he talked through the question instead of entirely dodging the question.
9:25 CT: Nothing in the question about Israel asked by Terry Shirey had anything to do with Nuclear
9:33 CT: Senator McCain invokes an indirect use of the POW card. "When times are tough we need a
steady hand on the tiller." Interesting farming reference to concluded the debate.