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Tom Brokaw. Red tie.
McCain. Red tie.
Obama. Blue tie.
Economic question first. No surprise.
Obama is looking good. Confident. Bush-McCain connection. No regulation. Need strong oversight. Cracking down on CEOs. No golden parachutes. Middle class needs a rescue package. Lower taxes, infrastructure to create jobs, healthcare, energy. Lobbyist jab.
McCain: Town Hall meeting jab. Americans are angry upset and fearful. I hava a plan. It’s energy independence! Keep taxes low. Stop spending spree. Don’t raise taxes on anyone. Home values continue to decline. We need to buy the bad mortagaes and renegotiate for the new values. “My friends” “My friends.” He seems really tired.
Q. Who would be treasury secretery
McCain: Warren Buffett. Meg Whitman….Ebay! What ever happened with that jet…?
Obama: Warren Buffet.
Q. What’s going to help people with the bailout?
McCain: Greed, excess, Wall street, Main St. He’s talking about suspending his campaign! Sheesh. Thought he’d want to forget about that. Obama and cronies encouraged risky loans. “Some of us stood up two years ago” Democrats defended Fannie & Freddie. )Yup, it’s all the democrats’ fault. He ought to watch that 13 minute video on the Keating Five. He’d find that very informative).
Obama: Businesses can’t get loans, can’t meet payroll. Could have adverse affect on everyone. We shouldn’t have been there in the first place. Correct McCain’s history. (Thank you) Deregulation. McCain bragged about being a deregulator. Obama wrote to Paulson and told them we had to deal with it. Confident about economy but we need new regulatory system. Need to help ordinary families stay in their home. Change culture of Washington.
McCain: If we stabilize housing market by buying up bad loans, and get rid of croneyism and special interest in Washington we can fix our economy. Some reference to a letter that Obama didn’t sign…. We’ve got the best workers in the world (aka fundamentals).
Q. How can we trust either candidate when both parties have gotten us in this mess.
Obama: Understand frustration, but Bush came in with a surplus. McCain voted for 4 of 5 Bush budgets.
McCain: System is broken. I’ve always been a reformer. I have worked with Feingold, Lieberman. Obama has never taken on his party. Liberal big spenders…Obama $860 billion of new spending. He wants earmarks, he wants to spend your money. He wants to spend money on a planetarium in Illinois! I know how to fix everything. Energy Energy.
Brokaw: What will be your highest priority: health care, energy, social sec. & medicare.
McCain: Work on all three at once. “My friends” (3). Ronald Reagan. I reach across the aisle. Feingold, Lieberman…again. Let’s build lots of nuclear power plants! Alternative energy. He’s getting all breathy like his running mate. We have to do them all at once.
Obama: We have to prioritize. Energy, we have to deal with today. Invest $15billion per year for 10 years, and we can be free from foreign oil. If we decide to do it we can. #2 is healthcare. #3 is education. We need to look at our records. Go line by line through the budget. We also have to look where tax revenues are going. McCain wants to continue Bush tax cuts plus billions more in cuts to corporations.
Q. We haven’t been asked to sacrifice anything since WWII. What will you ask the country to sacrifice?
McCain: Defense spending. Spending freeze, except for defense and veteran’s affairs. Establish transparent process. We can do two things at once. We’re not rifle shots, we can do everything.
Obama: 9/11…we were all ready to come together. We were unified. Bush said “Go out and shop.” That’s not what the American people were looking for. America is hungry for leadership. We need to think about how we use energy. We need oil and offshore drilling. We need to develop clean coal. But we can start thinking about how we save energy in our homes, and in our cars. Fuel efficient cars made in the U.S. Will require effort from everyone. Young people want to serve. Double the peace corpt. Volunteer corps, military service. Requires leadership from Washington.
(finger cramp break)
McCain and Brokaw are wearing the exact. same. tie.
My friends (4) Obama is like Hoover. His tax plan is like nailing Jell-O to the wall. No laughter. Obama’s secret is that his tax increases will increase taxes on small business revenue. They’ll have to cut jobs and won’t be able to hire anyone. “I got some news (looks at Obama). The economy is bad.” He did the little air punch and got breathy again. He’s been takin’ some lessons from the Hockey Mom.
Obama wants to address the tax accusations.
Q. Social Security and Medicaire.
Obama: Need to take on entitlements quickly. Will do it in my first term. We’re not going to solve SS & medicare unless we fix the tax plan. Will provide tax cut for 95% of all Americans. If you make less than $250,00 a year, your taxes will go down. Vast majorities of small businesses make less than that. McCain’s cuts are not fair and they don’t work. Brings it nicely back to Medicare and Social Security.
McCain: More air punches and shifting around. What’s next, winking?? More Tip O’Neil and Reagan. My friends (5&6) Look at our records. My friends (7). More folksy hand gestures.
Q. Climate change and green jobs.
McCain: We’re in tough economic times. We’re struggling. I disagree with the Bush administration. Lieberman again. The best way to fix this is nuclear power. It’s safe and its clean and creates hundreds of thousands of jobs. The French do it. Alternative energy, hybrids, hydrogen, we can do it.
Obama: Biggest challenges of our time. Critical we understand the challenge and the opportunity. We can create 5 million new jobs easily. Engine for new economic growth. This is a national security issue. Solar, wind, geothermal. Favor nuclear power as one component. McCain and I agree on something….problem is that for 30 years politicians have done nothing. But he’s been there for 26 of those years and voted against alternative energy many times. 3% of oil reserves, and use 25% of the world’s oil. We can’t drill our way out of the problem. We can export our own innovation.
McCain: My friends (8). There was a bill full of goodies. Know who voted for it? “Than one” (points at Obama). Drill drill drill!! National security. Oil! Drill! We’ve got to drill! Drill offshore! Drill NOW!!!
Obama talking about his healthcare plan. McCain is sort of wandering around grinning at the audience…
McCain: Obama will fine you if you don’t insure your children. He will fine you if you are a small business and you don’t insure your employees. ??? People want to shop around. Gold Cadillac healthcare…like hair transplants. O.M.G. He did a hair plug jab at Biden???? Man… What a *bleep*.
Obama: Healthcare should be a right. In a country as wealthy as this, there’s something wrong with not covering people. Clarifying McCain’s blizzard of misinformation. You will have to make sure your child has healthcare. McCain voted against children’s health care. It’s true I think gov’t should crack down on insurance companies cheating.
Q. How will we be peacemakers in the world?
McCain: My friends (9). We are peacemakers and peace keepers. We’ve shed blood for other countries. I have knowledge, experience, judgment, terrorism. Lebanon, Kosovo, first Gulf War. Obama was wrong about the surge, Russia, doesn’t understand. No time for on the job training. My friends (10)
Obama: Bad judgment on Iraq, greeted as liberators. Wrong judgment. Spending $10billion a month in Iraq. We need to spend this at home. Darfur. Bush-McCain policies has not worked.
My friends (11)
My friends (12) Wow. I guessed 8.
McCain: Our foreign policy requires a cool hand at the tiller. (I think he has just endorsed Obama!!)
We need to talk softly and carry a big stick. Obama is announcing he wants to attack Pakistan.
Obama: Never said attack Pakistan. Said take out bin Laden. McCain sang Bomb Bomb Iran. That’s not speaking softly.
McCain: I’ll take out bin Laden. I was only joking with a friend about Iran…
Q. How do you reorganize Afghanistan.
Obama: Withdraw troops from Iraq responsibly. Move them to Afghanistan. Met with Karzai. He needs to be more responsive to the Afghan people.
McCain: Petraeus. I’ve talked to him. Double size of Afghan army. Some of what Sen. Obama said was right. Won’t admit he was wrong on Iraq surge. He’s getting all wound up. Seems frustrated.
McCain: Long ago I warned about Vladimir Putin. Looked in his eyes and saw 3 letters – K-G-B. Distancing himself from the Bush-Putin lovefest. Putin has his eye on Ukraine. They need to be in NATO. Naked agression into Georgia. No more Cold War but Russia is a challenge.
Obama: Agree with McCain for the most part. We also need to provide financial and concrete assistance to help Georgia and others to rebuild their economy.
Q. What would we do if Iran attacked Israel? (from Navy guy in audience).
McCain: Pats him on back and shakes his hand, thanks him for service. Obama would sit down without preconditions… (Looks like we’ll have to go through all this again….)
Obama: Thanks guy for service. No military options off the table. No veto power to the U.N. Must use all tools at disposal to prevent that scenario. Not talking led Iran to centrifuges and N. Korea to nukes.
Obama: Warm fuzzy closing statement.
McCain: Warm fuzzy closing statement.
Cindy McCain in blue, Michelle Obama in red.
McCain seemed much more tense. He was very wound up. Obama seemed unflappable. The foreign policy was more of the last debate. Nothing nes, and no real surprises here.
They both seemed very comfortable in the format overall.
There was no gotcha moment. There was no bursting into flames for either candidate. But, I’ve got to give this to Obama on policy, on coolness, on composure. When McCain’s voice gets all tight, and especially when he pointed to Obama and said “That one!”, he flew right in the face of his own acknowledgement that “you need a cool hand on the tiller.” That’s the line that blew me away. It may haunt him. And the fact that McCain wouldn’t shake hands….