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Heated Debates Before The U.S. Presidential Election of November, 2008

Posted on: October 8, 2008

As a part of the final leg of the build-up to the U.S. Presidential election of 2008, the Official Presidential Debates have started between the two Presidential candidates, Republican John Mccain and Democrat Barack Obama. Vice Presidential candidates Sarah Palin and Joe Biden are also up against each other in this series of debates. There are a total of 4 debates schedules for the following dates:

  • 26th September, 2008: Presidential debate with a focus on Foreign Policy at The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS.
  • 2nd October, 2008: Vice Presidential debate at The Washington University, St. Louis, MO.
  • 7th October, 2008: Presidential debate in Town Hall format at The Belmont University, Nashville, TN.
  • 15th October, 2008: Presidential debate with a focus on Domestic Policy at The Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

Check out the detailed schedule here.

FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE – 26th September, 2008

The first of the three Presidential debates between Barack Obama and John Mccain focused mainly on the economic crisis threatening the United States at the moment and the war on Iraq. While Obama called Mccain “an ideological twin” of U.S. Preseident George W.  Bush because of Mccain’s statement that the fundamentals of the American economy were strong, on the other hand, Mccain accused Obama of being willing to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by proposing to withdraw troops too soon from Iraq.

John Mccain, who agreed to participate in the debate only minutes before the start, remained on the defensive for a major part of the debate and just like the pre-polls, the post-polls also suggested an upper hand for Barrack Obama.


This debate between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden was viewed by a whopping 69.9 millions viewers and became the 2nd most watched debate ever after the Reagan and Carter debate of 1980.

While Palin spent most of her time during the debate emphasising that she and John Mccain represented change, Joe Biden kept insisting that John Mccain as the President would simply be a continuation of the Bush administration questioning Mccain’s policies on a number of issues like war on Iraq and tax cuts.


Both Presidential candidates, Barack Obama and John Mccain tried to strengthen their position in the second Presidential debate on 7th October. However, neither seemed to change the overall sentiment to a large extent which seems to favor Obama at the moment.

Mccain made a whole lot of promises and assurances throughout the 90 minutes of the debate which included stabalizing of the economy, providing social security and even tracking Osama Bil Laden but all without any concrete details. Obama, on the other hand, stuck to the basics and picked up issues like al-Quida, Pakistan etc. where Mccain has had no clear views.


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