Live Blogging & Twittering Tonight's Presidential Debate
Check in here at the blog and if you're on Twitter, follow me there. I'll be live blogging the presidential debate in Oxford, Mississippi between McCain and Obama starting at 9 p.m. eastern.
It's 9 p.m. ... and we're off!
Jim Lehrer is moderating and laying out the groundwork.
Obama and McCain now onstage to short applause. Lehrer begins with the economy despite this debate being about foreign policy.
Obama calls economic crisis worst since Great Depression. "We have to move swiftly and move wisely." He's calling for oversight in the bailout and taxpayers should get their money back. None of the money should pad CEO bank accounts or promote golden parachutes. Helping homeowners is key. This is a final verdict on eight years of Bush and McCain's politics!
McCain says he's feeling better tonight because Republicans and Democrats trying to work out a deal. He's echoing Obama, basically.
Obama and McCain talking to each other...Obama calls him out on fundamentals of economy being strong statement.
McCain going into his rah-rah, America is great and strong bit. Give me a break.
McCain pulled out his pen and did the old I'll veto everything and make them famous. Get a new script!
Obama said McCain is proposing 300 billion in tax cuts for the wealthiest in America, which pales to 18 billion in earmarks.
Obama said he'll go line by line and veto pork spending, but getting rid of earmarks won't solve the problm alone.
McCain said he wants to cut business tax so companies will stay in America. Hammers Obama on earmarks again.
Obama says McCain wants to tax healthcare benefits. McCain changes subject.
Obama says McCain tax breaks will give oil companies an additional 4 billion.
Obama says he's put forward a plan for alternative energy -- solar, wind, bio-diesel. Says the average deductable on healthcare has gone up 30 percent.
Lehrer says he doesn't hear any difference from either candidate to change things after the bailout. Snap!
Obama says he's not wildly liberal, just opposing Bush's policies.
McCain says he wants a spending freeze on everything but defense and veterans care. Obama says that's using a hatchet when you need a scalpel.
McCain wants more nuclear power plants.
Lehrer not satisfied with candidates answers, wants more specifics. Obama says he will make tough decisions based on the new economy.
McCain says spending restraint is vital. We owe China 500 billion. McCain says he's fought against excessive spending and he has plans. And that would be what?
McCain just dodged again and started calling himself a maverick and that Sarah Palin is a maverick. It's all rhetoric and no substance.
McCain is now yammering about victory in Iraq. Obama says he opposed Iraq from beginning.
Obama says we've spent 600 billion, soon to be trillion, 4,000 dead and Al Qaida stronger now.
Obama says McCain thinks war started in 2007 and the troop surge was damage control for four years of terrible mismanagement of the war.
McCain says Obama refuses to acknowledge we are winning in Iraq. Obama says we should end the war responsibly and turn attention to Afghanistan where Al Qaida is rebuilding.
McCain says Iraq is central battleground on war on terror -- what planet is he on?
Obama says more troops need to be in Afghanistan immediately.
Obama says Bush and McCain has dropped the ball in Pakistan where terrorists are being harbored.
Obama just nailed McCain on his jokes about bombing Iran. Obama is kicking John's ass in this debate now.
McCain is telling his warm, fuzzy war stories again. Jesus...he's out of touch.
Obama says McCain hasn't been consistent on Afghanistan. Reminds him of quote about "muddling through" in Afghanistan.
McCain says Iran is "existential" threat to Israel. Ummm...I think that's a bizarre choice of words. Obama says war in Iraq has strengthened Iran.
McCain griping about Obama meeting with dictators. McCain wants war and isolation as usual.
Obama just called McCain on meeting with dictators and reminded him Kissinger (McCain's adviser) said negotiate with Iran. SNAP!
Obama says Russia's action in Georgia unacceptable. Need unified alliance and explain to Russia you can't be 21st century superpower and pretend like your a 20th century dictatorship.
McCain looked into Russian leader's eyes and saw the words KGB. Oh, brother...
Obama says Russia is resurgent and Putin feeling powerful because of US oil consumption.
Obama says McCain voted 23 times against alternative fuel and energy.
McCain says America is safer but long way from safe. He's worked across the aisle on reforms, but after 911 he and Lieberman created 911 commission. I guess that was after McCain created the Blackberry.
McCain back on Al Qaida in Iraq. Is anyone still buying that shit?
Obama says next leader needs wider world view, not just focusing on Iraq.
Obama wins debate by slight margin, but it really changes nothing. It's back on the campaign trail for both.